Master of Education (Leadership and Management)

Approved Abbreviation: MEd(Lead&Mgt)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1850.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 094196E

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is mid-year 2017 or later.

The Master of Education (Leadership and Management) is an ideal course for professionals aspiring to become leaders in a range of educational organisations, locally and internationally. Units are drawn from the School of Education and the School of Business, providing professionals with comprehensive skills, knowledge and competencies to lead teaching and learning as well as lead organisations in an ever-changing business climate. A capstone unit provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to solve a real-world education business management problem through action-learning. Focusing on theory and practice, the course has significant application to the workplace.

Education units are offered at Kingswood campus in First Half (1H) and Second Half (2H) and Business units are offered at Parramatta City campus in quarters (Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4) teaching sessions. Students are required to travel between campuses in order to complete their units. The course duration is one year full-time however students are kindly instructed to commence at either 1H/Q1 or 2H/Q3 enrolment points and be aware that the Education units for 1H commence in mid January while 2H commences in early July.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time. The education units in this course are offered at Penrith campus and the business units are offered at Parramatta City. Students will be required to travel between campuses in order to complete this course. In addition, units from the School of Education are offered in 1st half and 2nd half while units from the School of Business are offered in Quarters 1,2,3,4. Students will need to be aware of this when in enrolling in units and determining unit commencement times.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Education (Leadership and Management) must have successfully completed

  • a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification or higher, in teaching/education, political science, policy studies, business studies, health, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science Or
  • a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus three years full-time of professional work experience in the fields of teaching/education, political science, policy studies, business studies, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Additional Information for Applicants

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL - 575 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 232 (minimum 4.5 in essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 89 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - (CAE)
  • Grade = B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade = C

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must satisfactorily complete Working with Children Check Student Declaration upon enrolment.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points - (40 credit points from the School of Education Pool units listed below and 40 credit points from the School of Business) as per the recommended sequence below.

Note: Education units are offered in alternate years. Students select from the units on offer in each semester/year of enrolment.

Note: Business units are offered in quarters

Recommended Sequence


Semester 1

Two Education Pool units

200821Financial Reports for Decision Making
200833Leading Contemporary Organisations


Two Education Pool units

200826Contemporary People Management
200280Masters Project



One Education Pool unit

200821Financial Reports for Decision Making

Semester 2

One Education Pool unit

200833Leading Contemporary Organisations


One Education Pool unit

200826Contemporary People Management

Semester 4

One Education Pool unit

200280Masters Project

Education Pool units

102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways
102159Designing Curriculum Futures
102160Education Policy, Practice and Global Knowledge Co-construction
100701Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102168Principles and Practices of Evaluation
101658Transformative Learning
102161Leading Change

Note: Unit 102161 - Leading Change replaces 102148 - Engaging Communities from 2020.

Equivalent Education Pool Units

The Education Pool unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

102148 - Engaging Communities

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