Master of Leadership and Management in Healthcare

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$7973 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


This Master’s degree will expand your knowledge and skills in leadership and management in healthcare.

Graduates of the Master of Leadership and Management in Healthcare students will be able to:

  • evaluate issues and challenges that the industry, healthcare professionals and consumers of their services encounter
  • conceptualise new and creative approaches to leadership and management in healthcare to support service delivery in diverse health care settings
  • connect theory, practice and research within leadership and management in healthcare
  • examine the ethical aspects of personal, social, cultural, environmental and institutional changes within contemporary health care delivery and respond to such changes
  • reflect on options and opportunities to enhance professional practice in contemporary local, regional and global healthcare contexts
  • contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.

Professional recognition

This course is not currently externally accredited. There has been discussion in relation to applying for accreditation with the Australian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM).

The Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM) is the peak professional body for health managers in Australasia and brings together health leaders to learn, network and share ideas. The mission of the College is to recognise, develop and support effective health leadership and management to deliver quality services and improve health and wellbeing by: • providing the best professional development and networking opportunities for health managers • advocating for and promoting the health management profession • recognising the achievements of health service managers • promoting innovation and excellence The College promotes excellence and continual improvement of university training in health service management by providing a national university accreditation program. The national university accreditation standards have been developed through broad consultation with employers, industry groups, health managers and universities, to ensure that graduates who complete these programs are competent to perform the core tasks they face in employment. Currently, there are 39 courses listed as accredited on the ACHSM website, from eleven institutions. 


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • health services management and/or leadership
  • nurse unit management
  • humanitarian or social welfare organisation management and/or leadership
  • public or private health-related facilities management and/or leadership

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC603Organisational Culture and Management10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC604Quality and Safety in Health Care10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC605Leadership in Health Care10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsPHIL623Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

    (Online Unscheduled)

    10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC606Workforce Management10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC607Policy and Planning in Health Care10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC661Facilitative Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring10 cp
  • Specified Leadership and Management in Healthcare UnitsHLSC640Interpreting Health Research10 cp

All units offered on-campus unless otherwise indicated.

Commencing Semester 2

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the following requirements from the specified units in the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the relevant award:

a. Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare: 40 cp from specified units;

b. Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Healthcare: 80 cp from specified units and one 10 cp elective unit.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Leadership and Management in Healthcare, an applicant must have completed either:

i. a Bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent; OR

ii. the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, or equivalent; OR

iii. the Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, or equivalent.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

Students whose first language is other than English need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.


Further study

This course will provide a solid foundation for graduates who wish to pursue further study in the health industry.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$7973 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment is not available.

Staff Profile

Ms Theresa Harvey

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Ms Theresa Harvey is a registered nurse, registered midwife and academic. Her current position is senior lecturer and International Coordinator in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (based on Brisbane Campus). She is also a Visiting Nursing and Midwifery Education Fellow at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital. Ms Harvey has a Masters of Nursing and postgraduate diploma in Further Education and Training, and is currently a PhD candidate at CQU.

Ms Harvey has extensive and varied professional clinical experience in nursing and midwifery. She is an experienced nurse educator in both clinical and academic settings, and has demonstrated leadership expertise in teaching and learning across the undergraduate and postgraduate areas particularly in relation to clinical education. This expertise also includes conducting workshops throughout Queensland, Australia and internationally in relation to facilitating clinical education, especially when working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

As an academic her education focus has been in undergraduate programs, specifically in relation to clinical experience and bridging the gap between theory and practice. She has also focused on educating clinical facilitators in their role of supporting undergraduate students when on clinical placement. Ms Harvey has published research related to these areas, and has presented at international and local conferences. Further she has co-authored a text book on Health assessment and physical examination. In recent years she has develop a particular interest in understanding how short term study abroad programs assist students development as health care professionals and developing as global citizens.


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