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Master of  Leadership in Global Development

Program code: 5669
CRICOS code: 092456F


St Lucia


1 Year full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

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 masters 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.

  • Fast Facts

    Timing your entry

    Start your journey to become a stronger leader in development. Enrol in the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters®. The 2017 timeframe for completion is tight. Conditional offers can be made if you meet the entry requirements – see Program Details.

  • Students

    Application due dates

    Email to 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.

  • Why study

    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).

  • Fast Facts

    MLGD scholarship

    Established in 2017, the MLDG scholarship provides support to international students commencing in 2018 from low to middle income countries with demonstrated frontline experience of working on development projects.

  • Students

    Contact us

    See our MLGD information page for further details about this program. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to apply, email or call +61 (0) 7 3346 7471.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Build professional networks

    The program structure and course design ensure 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.

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.

  • 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?

    MicroMasters® and the MicroMasters logo are trademarks of edX Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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

Admissions criteria


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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Leadership in Global Development are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.

Programs and Courses

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $36,688
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Leadership in Global Development for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Leadership in Global Development can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Leadership in Global Development is 5669. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

For the MLGD same discipline is defined as a degree that could include Engineering, Public Health, Medicine, Business, Management, Cultural Studies, Communication, Sociology, Social Science, Social Work, Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Planning, and Project Management.

Relevant professional work experience (supported by references) may be work (in roles such as development project management, aid administration, humanitarian assistance, management, technical assistance) in aid organisations (NGOs, government, for-profits, community based organisations, philanthropy); the private sector (mining, corporate and social responsibility); national governments (low, medium and high-income countries) or developing communities.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Leadership in Global Development is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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