Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.




Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD34,025 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Program code: 40013
CRICOS code: 023082C

Study Leadership and Management in Education

The Master of Leadership and Management in Education is one of the University of Newcastle’s most highly regarded postgraduate degrees. From experience, we believe practical postgraduate learning is the best way to enhance teaching quality and equip individuals with the comprehensive leadership skills that today’s learning environments demand. The program provides specific expertise in research-based and data driven decision-making, an international perspective, and a commitment to providing leadership that meets the global imperative to understand and provide educational equity.

If you love making a difference in the life of students, strive to see them get the most out of their learning experience and want to join a collaborative community of leaders, then the Master of Leadership and Management in Education is the program for you. This program will expand your leadership and management skills to guide people, education strategy and policy to improve the lives and learning of all students.

Why study with us?

  • What you learn is relevant - apply your course learning and assignments directly to your own organisation as soon as you enrol – not just when you graduate
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the world's top 100 for education (Shanghai Ranking's global ranking of academic subjects 2018, QS World University Rankings by subject 2019).
  • Become an industry expert - you’ll graduate with high-level management and leadership skills in guiding and educating students, and join a global community of learning leaders.
  • Study anywhere, anytime - our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can complete your degree entirely online.
  • Work anywhere in the world - our Master of Leadership and Management in Education is recognised nationally and internationally. In an environment where teachers are in demand globally you will stand out at the forefront of the profession.
  • Learn from the best - enjoy the benefits of an authentic learning approach and program courses built on applied world-class, multidisciplinary research.
#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction
World top 150 ? for Education

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Leadership and Management in Education will see you develop a higher level of educational practice to improve the lives and learning of all students. The program supports the practical application of an evidence-based theoretical framework with coursework driven by groundbreaking research teamed with innovative practical skills. The courses incorporate world-leading knowledge and include content from multiple disciplines such as architecture, nursing, engineering, and creative industries.

The assessment program is schools-based, using applied teaching methods and real-life learning situations. You will be supported by world-class research and exemplary teaching and learning practitioners and develop knowledge and skills in areas such as instructional leadership, implementing educational change, strategic management, or forming policy. All courses are aligned with state, national and international standards.

Courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • Sustaining Strategic Leadership
  • Building High-Quality Learning Environments
  • Leading for Learning
  • Research and School Transformation

In addition to the core courses, students will have the choice to further enhance their knowledge and skills in one of the areas outlined in the directed courses. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational Leadership and ICT
  • Research Methodology
  • School Leadership Research
  • Leading and Managing Educational Change

Upon completion of the above courses you will have developed advanced-level skills in leadership and management excellence in education, and expand your career opportunities in a practical manner.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Leadership and Management in Education has been designed to position graduates to lead educational excellence. You’ll graduate ready to apply your in depth knowledge of the complex processes of language learning and development in the competitive global working environment. Graduates of the University of Newcastle program have pursued careers teaching at universities around the world. Your future career opportunities will be abundant seeing you graduate with the potential to embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • school principal, deputy or assistant principal
  • head teacher or leading teacher
  • organisational leaders
  • educational administrators
  • curriculum development & leaders
  • education policy and advisory roles

Throughout your studies you will enjoy flexible learning options that can be focused on what it is you love most about being a teacher, and you’ll become an even stronger educational leader, nationally and internationally. Upon completion of the program you will possess the skills and knowledge to support your real-world professional experience and equip you to drive positive change in your school.