Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMOrgLead
CRICOS code043567E
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Singapore)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years, and enrolment must be continuous.


This course is designed for professionals working in a range of human service and corporate sector organisations who wish to gain an all-purpose qualification in organisational leadership.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • display knowledge and understanding of recent research and/or professional developments related to their program of study
  • complete assignment tasks which demonstrate the ability to engage at an advanced academic level with topics relating to the specific unit being studied
  • acquire skills in the research methodologies appropriate to their field of interest.


This course consists of core units and one of the following three options:

  • Option one: six units
  • Option two: five units plus a professional project (8000 words)
  • Option three: four units plus a research thesis (16,000 words).


Option one

Students must complete:

  • four core units
  • an appropriate 12-point research unit selected from the faculty suite of research methodology units
  • any 12-point elective unit selected from the units offered within the education postgraduate coursework studies programs. See 2500 Master of Education for available units.

Option two

Students must complete:

  • four core units
  • an appropriate 12-point research unit selected from the faculty suite of research methodology units
  • EDF6010 Professional project A or EDF6020 Professional project B (8000 words) (12 points)

Option three

Students must complete:

  • three core units
  • an appropriate 12-point research unit selected from the faculty suite of research methodology units
  • EDF6031 Masters thesis part 1, and EDF6032 Masters thesis part 2 (16,000 words) (totalling 24 points)

Research thesis

The research core unit is a corequisite for the research thesis. It may be taken concurrently with the research thesis or completed prior to the commencement of the research thesis.

Core units

Research methodology units

  • EDF6005 Reading, interpreting and communicating research (12 points)
  • EDF6006 Introduction to quantitative research methods (12 points)
  • EDF6007 Qualitative approaches to research (12 points)
  • EDF6008 Working with theory in research (12 points)
  • EDF6009 Special topic in research (12 points)
  • EDF6012 Specific focus on research A (6 points) and EDF6013 Specific focus on research B (6 points)

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master in Organisational Leadership early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Organisational Leadership after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master in Organisational Leadership