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What will I learn?

In today's complex and rapidly changing global environment, development leaders need a new style of leadership.

Drawing on the strength of two world-class institutions, the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester have developed this fully online master program focused on the practical skills, global connections and collaborative outlook needed to make a real difference in the development world.

Challenging the traditional narrative around leadership, the course will equip you to become a contemporary leader who works in partnership with people to effect meaningful change.

As you earn your joint degree, you will be taught by a team of international leaders in the field, gaining a global perspective on development issues and building a diverse network of development colleagues in the process.

As a fully online, part-time program, the Master of Leadership for Development allows you to study from anywhere in the world and supports you to combine study with work, so you can start implementing change from day one.

Who is this course for?

The Master of Leadership for Development is for those wanting to reposition themselves as leaders in development.

You can be from any disciplinary background working in or alongside the global development sector, including managers, planners, policymakers, consultants, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and community advocates. As a fully online, part-time program, it is ideal for those working full time.

You will:

  • Adopt a new approach to leadership, with sustainability and collaboration at its core.
  • Learn to effectively navigate complex circumstances and challenges in contemporary development.
  • Build skills for effective negotiation, diplomacy and cross-cultural communication.
  • Champion positive, proactive and improved social transformation in a global context.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Economics

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$6,176.00 (3,34,018) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $29,359
Start date

August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline, or equivalent; and
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% or equivalent (eg University of Manchester’s 2:1).

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

The University of Melbourne offers below pathways course for this subject