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Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced)

About this course

This course provides a pathway for health professionals seeking to develop and/or upgrade their clinical leadership and management knowledge and skills. It also provides the opportunity for senior health leaders to develop best practice within clinical education and teaching contexts.

The course was planned in collaboration with the School of Health, University of New England, and key health service providers in the Northern NSW Local Health District and the Hunter New England Local Health District. Candidates study up to 50 per cent of the award by enrolling at either Southern Cross University or the University of New England, for which cross-institutional credit will be provided.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with management and leadership skills at senior levels within the health care system. Their career paths can range from advancement to senior management, health education, advanced clinical practice and clinical consultation. The focus of the course is the preparation of senior leaders and managers in health knowledge, skills and clinical teaching.

Major areas of study

Specialisations include:

  • Health management and leadership
  • Clinical education and teaching.

The degree can also be completed without a specialisation by combining units from each of the specialisations.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course include in-class presentations when offered on-campus (individually and in groups), written assignments, reports and case-based scenarios, clinical skills testing and self-performance evaluation and examinations (multiple choice, short answer and essay style questions).

Teaching methods

This course is delivered online using computer-assisted technologies. There are no on-campus attendance requirements. Units have a dedicated website on the MySCU online environment, which includes unit learning sites that are accessible upon enrolment. Academic staff are available by phone and email for student consultation. Students are expected to have computer and internet access. The research component of the course is undertaken under appropriate academic supervision and is tailored to meet the needs of individual students.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

General campus resources are available including access to computer laboratories for individual study purposes. Students are expected to have computer and internet access.

Course structure

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

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Admission requirements

  1. As an alternative to Rule 2 Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2 Section 3.
    1. Have been born in one of the countries listed in Schedule A attached to Rule 2 Section 1 and have completed at least one year of full time (or equivalent) study at the level of AQF diploma (or equivalent) or above and the language in which that qualification was taught was English; or
    2. An applicant must be able to demonstrate proof of English proficiency by obtaining an overall band score of not less than 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (including a minimum score of 6.0 in the sub-bands) or equivalent TOEFL or comparable test as determined by the Academic Board.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. Four (4) units from a named specialisation in Part B of the Schedule, or any four (4) units from Part B of the Schedule; plus
    3. Four (4) units from Part C of the Schedule; and
    4. Two (2) double-weighted units from Part D of the Schedule attached to these Rules or prescribed units from the University of New England.
  2. To be eligible for the Master of Clinical Leadership a candidate shall successfully complete twelve (12) units comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. Four (4) units from a named specialisation in Part B of the Schedule, or any four (4) units from Part B of the Schedule; and
    3. Four (4) units from Part C of the Schedule attached to these Rules.
  3. A candidate, who while enrolled in the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) has satisfied the requirements for the Master of Clinical Leadership, may elect to be awarded the Master of Clinical Leadership following withdrawal of candidature from the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) or Master of Clinical Leadership award.
  4. A candidate, who while enrolled in the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) or Master of Clinical Leadership has satisfied the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership, may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership following withdrawal of candidature from the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) or Master of Clinical Leadership award.
  5. A candidate, who while enrolled in the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) or Master of Clinical Leadership has satisfied the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership, may elect to graduate with this award following withdrawal from the Master of Clinical Leadership (Advanced) or Master of Clinical Leadership award.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have successfully completed a professional development program offered by a State or National Government health authority may apply to have the relevant prior study assessed for advanced standing, on a case by case basis.
  2. Candidates completing cross institutional study of prescribed University of New England units by cross institutional study will be awarded advanced standing for the relevant units on demonstrated successful completion.
  3. Candidates may not be awarded overall more than 50% of advanced standing into this award including advanced standing awarded on the basis of cross institutional study with the University of New England.

Schedule of units

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