Master of Leadership and Management in Healthcare

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Online, Multi-mode
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$20866 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


This course is designed to prepare ethical and effective health care leaders and managers who will be able to lead health service delivery into the future. The course has a strong focus on strategic organisational management, leading change in health service delivery, clinical redesign and in being a facilitative leader who is able to engage staff on developing innovative quality improvements. 

This course will appeal to those who want to develop strong leadership and effective management skills that can be applied across a range of health care environments. The course is offered at master's level only, with exit options being the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration or the Graduate Diploma in Health Administration.


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

To complete the Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care, a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC603 Organisational Culture and Management

HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care

HLSC607 Policy and Planning in Health Care

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

HLSC606 Workforce Management

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

Elective Unit

Year 2 - Semester 1

HLSC506 Strategic Management In Digital Health Service Delivery

BUSN602 Money Management

HLSC661 Facilitative Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring

Elective Unit

Year 2 - Semester 2

HLSC617 Independent Project

20 cp

HLSC660 Redesign in Health Service Delivery

HLSC662 Leading Change in Health Services

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration or the Graduate Diploma in Health Administration may exit with the relevant award.

Entry requirements

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.

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

  1. the equivalent of an Australian bachelor’s degree in a health or human services related discipline; OR
  2. the equivalent of an Australian Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Health Administration; OR
  3. the equivalent of an Australian bachelor’s degree in any discipline and relevant work experience in a health or human services role.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

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*

$20866 Fee-paying

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.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

Apply now


Deferment is not available.

Staff Profile

Dr Mahnaz Fanaian on North Sydney campus

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine NSW/ACT; Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Nursing Research Institute, Australian Catholic University, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Sydney and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Dr Mahnaz Fanaian is an academic with 20 years experiences working in Universities of NSW, Wollongong, and ACU in research & teaching, after finishing her PhD in Public Health & Nutrition. . Her area of interests and expertise are Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Public Health, Mental Health and Primary Health Care. Currently she is teaching undergraduate subjects in Nursing and Master degrees in public Health, health management, and Nursing. She has been involved in supervising Master & PhD students in Public Health, mental Health and Health management. Mahnaz was invited as an Australian representative to attend “2003 World Health Forum” in Dallas - USA. The purpose of the Forum was to facilitate the opportunity for international exchange and dissemination of experiences in “ageing population”, to enhance the development of international communication, and to provide the opportunity for non-profit corporation structured as collaborative venture.


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