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Doctor of  Medical Leadership

Program code: 7604

Delivery location

Herston, St Lucia


3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2019)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2019)

Clinicians have to become leaders if they want to improve their uniquely complex practice environments. The Doctor of Medical Leadership is an exciting and innovative program that will strengthen your leadership qualities so you can deliver meaningful outcomes for your health service.

  • The Doctor of Medical Leadership is a brand new program targeted at Fellows, Junior Consultants and General Practitioners. It's designed to be completed alongside part-time or full-time clinical employment.
  • Undertake a workplace-embedded research project and formal leadership training. You'll develop your capabilities as a clinician while building the skills and attributes required for leadership roles in rapidly changing healthcare environments.
  • Tailor your research project to address a clinical problem relevant to your workplace and to suit the professional skills you want to develop. You'll work under the guidance of a clinical advisor to identify a suitable research topic.
  • Benefit from a flexible program that integrates your studies into your day-to-day work. You'll produce tangible workplace outcomes and advance your research skills, all while meeting your commitments.

The Doctor of Medical Leadership will advance your clinical research and leadership capabilities, and provides a point of difference for doctors seeking medical leadership positions

  • Why study

    Benefit from a research advisory panel

    Your research project will be supported by an advisory panel consisting of a UQ-affiliated clinical academic advisor with both research and research supervision experience and a suitable clinical supervisor, who will support your research in the workplace.

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  • Why study

    Mentoring matters

    In addition to your advisory panel, you'll have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior medical leader who will help you achieve your leadership goals. Mentoring is a key component of the Doctor of Medical Leadership program.

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  • Why study

    Leadership training

    During your studies, you'll have to undertake formal leadership training, which includes a range of different options and formats. You can choose to enrol in leadership courses offered by UQ, Queensland Health, hospitals, or medical colleges.

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  • Research

    Work closely with experts

    Our clinical academic advisors are some of the most esteemed medical educators in Australia and are bound to challenge your thinking. Together, their interests span the full spectrum of medical research, from molecular studies to public health.

    Meet the advisors

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Career outcomes

The Doctor of Medical Leadership is an impressive addition to any CV, regardless of your career plans, and graduates of the program have a unique advantage when applying for clinical, administrative, research or other professional roles.  

Graduates can use their qualification as a stepping stone to careers in:

  • clinical medicine
  • medical administration
  • hospital or healthcare management
  • research
  • policy
  • healthcare improvement.

  • Why study

    Advance your career in health

    The research, leadership and mentoring components of the program will strengthen your problem solving and communication skills, while also helping you develop the depth of knowledge needed for high-level health careers.

  • Fast Facts

    Information for employers

    The Doctor of Medical Leadership provides an exciting opportunity to strengthen leadership and clinical outcomes within your health service. The program's research activities are specific to your workplace and will reflect the needs required by both you and your employee.

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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
    Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2019)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
    Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Admissions criteria


  1. hold an approved degree in medicine; and
  2. have completed 2 years of graduate clinical experience; and
  3. satisfy the associate dean (research) and the dean that the applicant is qualified for admission; and
  4. hold current registration with the Medical Board of Australia; and
  5. hold and maintain a current clinical appointment.

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Program structure

Students in the Doctor of Medical Leadership are expected to research, develop and write a substantial thesis that makes an original contribution to clinical knowledge or practice.

Students also have to undertake concurrent leadership development and have the option to complete additional research coursework.

Program Rules

The program rules explain what is required to complete the Doctor of Medical Leadership and include more information about the program's leadership development requirements and admissions criteria.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


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Higher degree by research students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, private donors, international organisations, or other sources.

The UQ Graduate School has an annual scholarship budget of nearly $40 million and coordinates a competitive, merit-based process for awarding scholarships.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website and the Graduate School website.

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Application requirements

Before you submit an application, make sure you have done the following:

We encourage you to contact the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Medicine at any stage of the application process. Email with any questions.

How to apply

Once you have gathered your application requirements, complete the online application form. This form is sent directly to UQ for consideration. You can apply for the Doctor of Medical Leadership at any time during the year.

Find out more about applying for a higher degree by research

Important dates

The academic year for research students is divided into quarters and you can start in any research quarter, as long as the Census Date hasn't passed.

If the Census Date has passed, you will need to wait for the beginning of next research quarter before commencing your studies.

The agreed start date will be included on your offer of admission.

For more information about research quarter dates, visit the Graduate School website .


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