Course summary

If you're working in a health science discipline, like nursing, allied health or mental health, our engaging, flexible and interactive online Master of Healthcare Leadership course will help you meet the challenges and grab the opportunities of leadership in multidisciplinary and complex healthcare delivery.

You’ll extend your current knowledge in evidence-based care, and learn how to effectively lead teams of health professionals in Australia’s public and private healthcare systems.

Start when it suits you, power through six units a year, and complete your degree in two years. If you have a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Health Practice, you may be granted advanced standing for up to eight units. Four units may be awarded to individuals with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Practice. 

Learn more about the online course offering.

Apply for the CEW Bonnie Boezeman AO scholarship to study this course.

Units of study focus on clinical practice management, leadership in health systems and building skills to support evidence-based health practice, all of which are required of healthcare professionals looking to take on leadership roles in complex public and private healthcare.

Each unit runs for seven weeks, with six teaching periods per year. There are a maximum of 12 units. And because we're focused on your employability, we've introduced a new portfolio unit that enables you to build a professional portfolio that incorporates learning in other areas, such as your continued professional development and informal learning.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice


demonstrate the application of skills with creativity and initiative to an area of further learning

Ethical practice

integrate ethical and legal principles into health practice

Knowledge of a discipline

demonstrate command of a body of knowledge that includes a critical understanding of recent developments in a discipline and /or area of professional practice

apply knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and /or learning

Lifelong learning

demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability

demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship

Communication and social skills

communicate effectively with clients and others in interprofessional teams

Cultural competence

apply a critical understanding of health care provision that is informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence

Course overview

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Domestic duration

2 years part-time

International duration

2 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Master of Healthcare Leadership, students must complete the equivalent of 12 units (144 credit points), comprising:

  • 11 core units (132 credit points); and
  • 1 equivalent elective unit (12 credit points).

Exit Awards:

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Leadership after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any eight units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising the following four core units:

  • HEA93001 - Leading Change in Healthcare            
  • MNG91220 - Strategic Health Management        
  • CMM93010 - Health Systems, Policies and Practices        
  • HEA93020 - Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability

Students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising any four units.