Master of Leadership

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted Master of Leadership
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$33,280 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code M738
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Become a highly innovative and influential leader by undertaking a course that embraces real-world learning and cutting-edge research.

Our Master of Leadership is a largely experiential course, meaning you’ll actively learn through experience. You’ll attend intensive residential programs; immersing yourself in a subject and building your professional networks. This includes our outdoor ‘adventure’ program (known as the Audacious Leadership unit).

Drawing on the latest research in behavioural and cognitive thinking, this course gives you the tools and experience to take your leadership skills to the next level.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of Deakin’s Master of Leadership you will have developed an awareness of your own leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses. You will also develop an appreciation of the way leadership operates at different levels, and in different contexts, as a key success factor in enterprises.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Possess an advanced and integrated understanding of and ability to work and demonstrate a contemporary body of knowledge of leadership
Communication Possess advanced knowledge of and be able to apply and demonstrate advanced communication skills in a wide range of environments where they might be expected to perform as leaders.
Digital literacy Possess advanced knowledge of and be able to apply and demonstrate advanced digital communication skills to environments where they might be expected to perform as leaders.
Critical thinking Possess knowledge of and be able to apply leadership theory critically to complex and diverse leadership situations.
Problem solving Possess and be able to demonstrate a specialised set of high order cognitive and technical skills including critical analysis and problem solving skills for leading in contemporary environments.
Self-management Possess advanced knowledge of and be able to demonstrate advanced skills to enhance self-awareness and independent learning about themselves as leaders.
Teamwork Possess an advanced understanding of people and be able to demonstrate an advanced ability to shape others’ perceptions in a wide range of environments where they might be expected to perform as leaders.
Global citizenship Enhance students' understanding and appreciation of, and ability to apply a set of skills and capabilities needed for leading effectively.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course rules

To complete the Master of Leadership, students must attain a total of 12 credit points consisting of 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.

Course structure

Core units

MBA730/MBR730Principles of Leadership (Residential) *

MPM772An Act of Leadership

MPM773Contemporary Issues in Leadership

MPM775Personal Leadership

Plus 4 credit points of units from:

MBA710Business Process Management ^

MBA712Economics for Managers

MBA720Marketing Management

MBR721/MBA721People Management *

MPM732Critical Thinking for Managers

MPR707/MPM707Leading Change *

MPR774The Leadership Retreat *

MPR779Leadership in the Real World *

which may include one unit from:

MPT738Audacious Leadership #

MPM778The Leadership Adventure

*MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.

^ Includes Start Anytime unit offering

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.



Elective units

Students may select any four postgraduate units.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Minimum entry requirements

- Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years leadership experience


 - Masters degree in any discipline and 3 years leadership experience


 - Graduate certificate in related discipline and 5 years minimum leadership experience


All applicants must provide the following with their application:

  • current CV
  • a statement (max. 500 words) about their current leadership role, their background, and what they hope to achieve from the course


Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.