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Field of Study


Master of Educational Studies

In a 21st century knowledge society, leadership has emerged as a critical contributor to positive outcomes, overall success and sustainability to organisations and institutions in education and education-related fields.

In such an increasingly complex and uncertain future, transformative leadership competencies encompassing distributive and collaborative domains have become essential.

This field of study is designed for individuals committed to undertaking transformative leadership roles to improve their respective workplaces and make an impact through your professional practice informed by research. It provides leading-edge knowledge and understandings about leadership and management that inform your practice within educational institutions (including schools, colleges and TAFEs), government departments and other organisations.

The field focuses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required by leaders in our discontinuously changing world, and challenges students to develop as critically reflective, flexible and ethically collaborative change leaders of learners and thinkers.


23 in the world for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Change management adviser
  • Educational administrator
  • School principal
  • Leadership development coordinator
  • Program leader

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Building Leadership Capacity: Bridging Theory and Practice in the Workplace
  • Debates in Educational Leadership
  • Meeting the Challenges of Educational Change
  • Work, Careers and Educational Leadership

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Read program rules (PDF)

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

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