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Early graduation options

You may be able to graduate sooner with:

  • Ideal for people who are current or aspiring leaders in educational settings.
  • Gain advanced knowledge in leadership and management, including leading and managing people, strategic management, and managing change.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places available for Australian citizens and permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens (subject to change).
QUT course code EU70
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 081798G


The Master of Education (Leadership and Management) is designed to prepare you for leadership in educational settings. The program focuses on building and enhancing leadership capacity in aspiring and existing leaders and will keep you at the forefront of ever-changing educational practice. At the heart of this qualification is a focus on leading the learning of others through ethical and sustainable practices, and a commitment to lifelong learning. 

The four units that constitute the leadership and management area of interest complement each other by providing both solid foundational understandings about leadership that develop capacity, and skills in aspiring and existing leaders. The knowledge areas include leading and managing people; leadership concepts, theories and issues; leadership, policy and change in action; and strategic management. You will gain advanced knowledge in leadership and management in educational settings.

Why choose this course?

Throughout Australia, there has been a steady demand for postgraduate university programs to enhance leadership learning. In some states, including Queensland, a masters qualification is important for professionals who wish to apply for leadership positions. This course caters for educators from primary and secondary schools within Australia and overseas, as well as from fields such as higher education, social work and human resource development and training.

Flexible delivery

You can choose to study externally or on campus, and either part time or full time.  All the lectures are recorded and study materials are available online. You can access these resources at any time to help you fit study into your lifestyle.You can choose to study externally or on campus, either part time or full time.

Career outcomes

This course can enhance career outcomes for people in professional, schooling, and vocational and higher education contexts who:

  • lead professional learning teams and design adult learning
  • recruit, mentor and supervise others
  • design and lead others though policy changes
  • contribute to strategic planning, governance and management of others.

Through deep engagement with recent research and the opportunity to apply evidence-based principles to real life contexts, leadership students are able to create evidence of their leadership capacities for professional leadership portfolios. Previous students have used this qualification to apply for and attain promotions to leadership positions in schools, other educational institutions, hospitals, industry and the community sector.

Advanced standing

On entry, you will be assessed for advanced standing (credit) for 48 credit points (4 units) based on a completed Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8 or higher qualification in Education (An Honours year with a research component, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or higher), regardless of the age of the qualification. You do not need to apply for this credit.

Depending on your study area, you can receive up to 50 per cent advanced standing from masters or higher study completed in another program. Prior study must be current. Study over 10 years old is not normally considered. If you are applying for advanced standing for specific units, you will need to provide detailed unit/subject outlines from your previous study. These outlines must include learning outcomes, learning content, and assessment including word lengths. No advanced standing can be granted for undergraduate study, or postgraduate study at a lower level than masters.

You can also apply for advanced standing based on work or industry experience. Advanced standing is not able to be awarded for normal teaching experience. If you are responsible for an original academic work, such as creating a course and/or curriculum, or have published any original research, then you may be eligible for advanced standing for work or industry experience. The original academic work must be in excess of 5000 words.

If you intend to apply for advanced standing for prior study you can view more information and find out how to apply.

Early exit

You can exit the course with a Graduate Certificate in Education (Leadership and Management) following completion of the four core units required for this study area.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Education - 1.5 year program

A completed recognised:

  • bachelor degree (or higher award) in education; or
  • bachelor honours degree (or higher award) in any field; or
  • bachelor degree in any field plus 5 years of related professional work experience.

Master of Education - 1 year program

A completed recognised honours degree in the field of education; or

A postgraduate degree (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters or higher) in the field of education.

Please note you do not need to apply for the 1 year program as you will be automatically assessed for eligibility as part of QUT's application for admission process.

Limited places

There are limited Commonwealth Supported places in this course. Places are likely to fill early so you are encouraged to apply for this course as soon as possible to secure a place.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Education (Leadership and Management)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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