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The Master of Educational Leadership degree by coursework (program 8960, specialisation code EDSTOS8960) is designed to provide aspiring and current educational leaders with an understanding of recent developments in theory, research and practice in educational leadership in order to equip them to lead educational organisations.



Study Level


Typical duration

1 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Educational Leadership - MEdLead



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Program Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC as a standalone program.

  1. Core Courses (12 UOC)
  2. Educational Leadership Elective Courses (12 UOC)
  3. Project (6 UOC)
  4. Research Methodology Course (6 UOC)
  5. School of Education Electives (12 UOC)

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Education Electives

Education Electives description.

You can complete a maximum of 12 UOC of School of Education Electives.

These electives may be any two courses offered in the School of Education, including the educational leadership and research methodology courses noted above (that is, you may take up to six educational leadership courses or more than one research methodology course).

Entry Requirements
Progression Requirements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information


The School of Education (SED) requires students meet a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all scheduled classes (i.1. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars) for all courses. Attendance in person is required for tutorials, seminars, and workshops when course are delivered in face-to-face mode. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their attendance is recorded for the face to face either by electronic means or via an attendance register. Attendance in online or blended mode will be assessed through digital participation.  

This attendance requirement supports postgraduate students to achieve the specific program or course learning outcomes of each course in accordance with national (AITSL) and state (NESA) program standards and maintenance of teacher accreditation policies.

Students seeking to claim further study to maintain teacher accreditation at proficient, highly accomplished and lead levels through participation in postgraduate programs must adhere to the SED Attendance Requirement to be eligible to meet the requirements of the NESA Further Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies Policy: Maintenance of Accreditation (2016)

It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any learning missed due to absences. To arrange alternative activities to address the content missed students should contact the Course Convenor. Failure to meet the minimum attendance requirement of 80% will result in an Unsatisfactory Fail (UF) for the course regardless of performance on assessment tasks or other requirements for the course.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Services for advice.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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