Advance your career by deepening your understanding of recent developments in theory, research and practice in educational leadership.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Educational Leadership
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

The UNSW Master of Educational Leadership is a one-year postgraduate degree that provides aspiring and current educational leaders with an understanding of theory, research and practice in educational leadership. We help develop your ability to apply disciplinary principles and practices to complex educational environments in roles as school leaders and principals.  

Studying Educational Leadership at UNSW deepens and expands your knowledge of the latest theory and research to inform educational leadership and prepare you for leadership positions. Our academics equip you with a diverse set of practical and analytical skills that can be applied to a broad range of professional leadership contexts.

Key features

Build on your experience

The degree involves a wide range of electives, allowing you to tailor your coursework to suit your individual interests as an educator  and diverse educational settings, whether they be within primary schools, secondary schools, universities, TAFE or early childhood learning. Educational Leadership electives include the following:  

  • Coaching and Mentoring in Educational Leadership 
  • Teacher Learning 
  • Instructional Leadership 
  • Leading Educational Change 
  • Teacher Leadership 

Research project

As a part of this degree, you’ll undertake a self-directed capstone research project - supported by a supervising academic - to build on interests developed your specialisation. This project will allow you to consolidate and apply the knowledge and skills throughout your degree. Through this project, you’ll address an issue within a previous or current vocational context. You’ll develop real-world experience that’s relevant to your professional learning and career.

Flexible delivery

UNSW Master of Educational Leadership can be undertaken through a range of flexible delivery modes, including online and blended courses, intensive school holiday courses, self-directed learning and evening classes. We also offer Commonwealth Supported Places to domestic students. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • We’re benchmarked with the highest global rating for Education research (Excellence in Research Australia)
  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
8960
CRICOS Code
000949B
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
101

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Educational Leadership, you’ll need:

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching)

OR

  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

Credit transfer

You can apply to have credit points from previous study applied to the Master of Educational Leadership. The maximum credit transfer you can apply for is 50% (24 units of credit, or three courses). Recognised courses must have been completed within the last ten years, provided the content is relevant and/or meet BOSTES requirements.

 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

To gain entry into the Master of Educational Leadership, you’ll need:

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching)

OR

  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

Credit transfer

You can apply to have credit points from previous study applied to the Master of Educational Leadership. The maximum credit transfer you can apply for is 50% (24 units of credit, or three courses). Recognised courses must have been completed within the last ten years, provided the content is relevant and/or meet BOSTES requirements.

 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Educational Leadership is a one-year full-time program consisting of eight courses. The program includes:

  • 2 Core courses
  • 2 Educational Leadership electives
  • 1 Research Methodology course
  • 1 Project or a Minor Thesis
  • 1-2 Education electives

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard three-term, full-time year at UNSW if you choose to undertake the single-course Project, as opposed to the Minor Thesis.

Term one

  • 1 Core course
  • 1 Educational Leadership elective
  • 1 Research Methodology course

Term two

  • 1 Core course
  • 1 Research Methodology course
  • 1 Project

Term two

  • 1 Educational Leadership elective
  • 1 Education elective

For further information on full course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 

Future careers

Graduates of the UNSW Master of Educational Leadership have gained positions as principals, deputy principals, head teachers and education authorities in government departments. 

The excellence of research produced by UNSW is widely recognised among our peers in Australia and beyond. In the field of education specifically, our research is benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the highest possible rating and well-above world standards. The NSW Institute of Teachers also endorses all subjects and degrees taught by UNSW's School of Education. 

Potential careers

  • Lead education in schools from all sectors

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$26,880*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$26,880*

^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$36,480*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$37,480*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university life accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a local or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.  


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

“I found that UNSW’s online courses had so much to offer. This meant that I could navigate my master's and continue my job.”

Christine Castle

High School Principal

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