Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management)

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Postgraduate Degree


Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management)

The Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) will equip doctors with the clinical leadership and management skills to co-ordinate patient care and drive improvements in our hospital systems. The program is aimed at developing hospital doctors with leadership and management skills, who can provide patient care for more complex patients and take the lead in co-ordinating the contributions of the various specialist teams.

The Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) is a two year part-time program designed specifically to offer a postgraduate qualification directly relevant to leadership and management of hospital patient care. The Program will:

  1. Equip Doctors with the high level skills required for leadership positions in hospitals
  2. Provide a hospital-wide perspective on patient care
  3. Train Doctors to be effective communicators who can coordinate care across disciplines and bridge gaps that exist in hospital processes
  4. Develop deeper understanding of organisational culture, networks and infrastructure
  5. Give Doctors the skills to conduct research-based system redesign

Entry to the program is open to qualified Doctors with at least three years full-time postgraduate medical experience and also requires employer support. Completion of the course will provide the necessary leadership and management expertise to take on roles such as Department or Unit Director, Director of Prevocational Training, Quality Improvement and System Redesign, Clinical Governance, Director of Research or Education.

Sample Jobs

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management). Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.

Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs