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Master of Healthcare Leadership
Available online

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

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. 

Career opportunities

Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It’s the country’s largest employer, and employment opportunities continue to evolve and grow. As a Master of Healthcare Leadership graduate, your new research, clinical and management skills will equip you for leadership roles within primary health care, community outreach organisations, area health services, professional associations, hospitals, private practice, and local, state and federal policy making agencies.

Major areas of study

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.

Assessment methods

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match typical work tasks: business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. Practical assessments ensure you graduate with key industry skills and knowledge. Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Weekly activities, readings and case studies are laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts and employ critical analysis.

Teaching methods

Our flexible course is designed to fit seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It’s 100% online, and you can complete it one, seven-week unit at a time. From the comfort of your home – or anywhere with an internet connection – you can access course content, assignments, quizzes, and collaborate, discuss and debate ideas with fellow students and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content including video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. 

Learning support

Learning resources

You’ll find our learning resources technologically sophisticated but intuitive and very easy to use. The four virtual spaces you’ll use most frequently are MySCU, Blackboard Learn, the course and unit websites, and the library.

MySCU is your portal to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. It will link off to your specific learning and information sites, where you can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to your work.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn is where you, your peers and your lecturers communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. You can share files, presentations and applications. Unlike many online learning courses, there’s no long, grainy recordings of students coughing in lecture theatres; all recorded material is produced specifically for the course and addresses key learning points.

The course website houses all your learning materials – study resources, assessment information, quizzes, readings and other information. You may need to buy or access textbooks, but for the most part everything you need will be at your fingertips.

SCU library's wide range of services include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. As an online student, you have access to the same resources as an on campus student. You can even borrow library books – the library will express post them to you free of charge. For more about library resources, see the Library Toolbox.

Student support

As an online student, you receive individual support. We can help you with academic skills development, including the specific challenges attached to studying online. We provide one-on-one support via email or phone and can connect you with the learning resources you need.

You will also have a personal student services adviser. They are with you for the duration of your degree, and basically help with everything else – they can take you through the application process, help you organise your timetable, and find extra resources or assistance when you need them.

Both of these support services help you successfully complete your degree. We know many of our students are studying while working or raising a family or both, so our support is geared toward helping you enjoy the intellectual challenges of study while enabling you to have the time to enjoy the rest of your life as well.

Equipment and facilities

Because the Master of Healthcare Leadership is 100% online, you’ll need the technology to ensure you have a seamless study experience. You’ll need:

  • a fast, reliable computer – either a PC or a Mac – with the latest operating system
  • a fast, reliable internet connection
  • the latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
  • the Blackboard app, which is available as a free download. We can help you with that.

Occasionally, your lecturer may suggest specific software or textbooks for a specific unit. The library will usually have multiple copies of frequently used textbooks.

Visiting SCU

Southern Cross University has excellent equipment and facilities across all four campuses. As an online student, you have access to the library, sporting facilities, and other student resources – in fact, everything you would if you were an on-campus student. Feel free to explore our campuses online, and if you live or are travelling near Lismore, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast, or central Sydney, feel free to drop in, explore, and use the facilities.  

Course structure

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

Table of contents

Admission requirements

All applicants must have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health related discipline and must provide evidence of minimum one (1) year full-time and current work experience at degree level in a health related field and/or as acceptable to the School Board.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Healthcare Leadership a candidate shall successfully complete twelve (12) units (144 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A;
    2. all units listed in Part B; and
    3. four (4) units or equivalent from Part C.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Leadership a candidate shall successfully complete any eight (8) units (96 credit points).
  3. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences a candidate shall successfully complete any four (4) units (48 credit points).
  4. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Healthcare Leadership has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Healthcare Leadership or Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Sciences may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Masters award.

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing shall not be granted for the Graduate Studies Project units.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

The following international applicants are welcome to apply:

  • Applicants residing overseas from Australia, or
  • holders of a visitor, work or bridging visa with study entitlements or no limitations of study, apply now.

This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore Education Services for Overseas Students Commonwealth legislation (ESOS) and National Code regulations preclude international applicants who are holders of a Student Visa.

Those who would prefer to study in Australia as an International student and holder of a student visa, please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'