The Master of Health Leadership and Management provides you with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes required for senior managerial roles in health service delivery. It aims to promote health leadership in areas of strategic planning, policy and decision making. There is an emphasis on understanding and meeting the challenges of safety and quality within current and emerging health service contexts. The objective is to develop judgement-ready practitioners who can impact health service issues and systems.

You will gain a deep understanding of the principles underpinning health systems and services, change management, financial management and health economics, evidence-informed decision and policy making, clinical governance and risk management, and innovation and improvement strategies. The Master of Health Leadership and Management is tailored to either the Australian health care system or developing health care systems.

Program Code


UAC Code

910820 (CSP) 910821



Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

This degree sets the benchmark for health services management training and will allow you to pursue senior managerial roles in health service delivery.

Who should choose this degree?

Health professionals keen to update and improve their skills and knowledge or move into a health administration or health management professional role, will choose this degree.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Medical administrator
  • Medical manager
  • Health management academic career

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

Accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) and the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM).

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have either:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below) and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, MD)


  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below).

    Examples of relevant fields include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^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.

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