Degree details

Graduates will be able to apply in-depth knowledge of: 

  1. how leaders build human capacity to meet the current and future challenges of their environment;
  2. how an organisation’s people can be encouraged to become lifelong learners while contributing to the success of the organisation;
  3. engaging students in learning that integrates theory with practice, action with reflection, and questions with investigation.

Professional recognition

This degree does not lead to teacher registration in Australia.

Career objectives

Graduates are suitable for careers in a variety of positions ranging from work as teachers in school classrooms, school coordinators and principals, curriculum and policy advisers in departments of education, and as advisors to government departments and other policy makers.

Higher education

Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification and must have a minimum of two years' full-time equivalent work experience by the commencement date of the course.

Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.

Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at

This degree is intended for current and future human resource managers, knowledge managers, school principals and departmental officers, policy developers, vocational education sector managers, and leaders of university academic and administration units.

It is designed to identify and build on students' strengths as a leader and provide an understanding of the relational and contextual nature of leadership. 

It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students complete four core (compulsory) topics, including research preparation and project topics, and at least three topics with a leadership and management focus as well as option topics chosen from an extensive range of available option topics designed to enable students to diversify their studies and engage in areas of interest and relevance to their employment. Students must also complete a Coursework Project.

As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four topics per semester and part-time students undertake two topics per semester.

Award Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Leadership and Management) (Basic level entry), students must successfully complete four core (compulsory) topics and at least three topics with a leadership and management focus as well as option topics chosen from an extensive range of available option topics.

Applications are submitted directly to Flinders University through its online application system.