Are you working in development and ready to take the next step in your career? Become a leader in global development with UQ’s innovative and multidisciplinary Master of Leadership in Global Development.

  • The Master of Leadership in Global Development (MLGD) is designed to train the next generation of leaders in global development. You'll gain the professional skills you need to lead the most challenging development projects at home and abroad.
  • The Master of Leadership in Global Development is the only coursework master’s program in Australia that combines development theory, leadership, management skills, and business acumen in one comprehensive program.
  • Study with mid-career professionals from government, NGOs and the private sector as well as those from low, middle and high income countries, to become adaptive thought leaders that bring new ideas and approaches to complex problems.
  • Benefit from multi-modal delivery that provides the flexibility to complete this learning series in less than 18 months. A core entry requirement for the program is the completion of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters® offered through edX.

The Master of Leadership in Global Development provides you with the tools you need to engage, broker and lead change.

  • Timing your entry

    Start your journey to become a stronger leader in development now. Enrol in the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters®. The 2017 timeframe for completing the MicroMasters is tight. Conditional offers can be made to those who meet the other entry requirements.

  • Application due dates

    Apply for admission to the one year on campus Master of Leadership in Global Development. International students apply by 30 November 2017 and domestic students by 31 January 2018.

  • Become a leader

    Obtain the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters through edX and become part of the first cohort of Master of Leadership in Global Development graduates (commencing February 2018).

  • Contact us

    For more information or questions regarding your eligibility for the MLGD, email or call +61 (0) 7 3346 7471.

Career outcomes

Development industry representatives have expressed the need for professionals who have both the contextual knowledge and the leadership skills to manage increasingly complex problems.

Graduates will find jobs as leaders and managers in multilateral organisations, government departments, private sector organisations and NGOs.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Build professional networks

    The program structure and course design ensures you will study with a dedicated cohort, providing an opportunity to build your networks, learn from each other and grow together as leaders in development.

  • Fast Facts


    The design of this program will save students almost one full semester’s course fees, when compared to a traditional 18-month Australian coursework master's program. 

  • Fast Facts

    Unique and multidisciplinary

    Through our innovative teaching strategies you’ll develop the practical knowledge and strong technical management skills to become a strategically agile innovator who will lead projects across different sectors and organisations, in both local and international settings.

  • Fast Facts

    Innovative entry pathway

    The Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters, offered entirely online via edX, is one of the entry requirements for this program. The MicroMasters can be completed at a time – and place – to suit you. 

  • In the classroom

    Collaborative teaching framework

    The MLGD uses a challenge-based pedagogy. You'll use real world case studies and experiences in collaboration with peers and industry for practical and relevant learning. 

  • Fast Facts

    What is the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters?

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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved degree in a same discipline; and

Have a minimum equivalent of 4 years relevant work experience; and

Have completed the UQx Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters; and

Satisfy the executive dean that the person is suitably qualified for admission.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Leadership in Global Development are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Leadership in Global Development. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

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

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