Master of Business Leadership


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Programme Description

Master of Business Leadership (Coursework)

Effectively leading (and inspiring) staff is not necessarily a skill that comes naturally to us all. Many leaders would argue that only through tertiary education, on-going professional development, a sound mentor and a constant thirst for knowledge did they acquire the skills and knowledge required to lead. A sound grounding in leadership theory and management practices will provide those wishing to advance their careers within any sector with a range of new and exciting opportunities.

The University of Notre Dame Australia takes pride in the personalised attention it gives to its students and individualised education. The School of Business offers a range of disciplines headed by leaders in their respective fields who have strong commercial and industry experience. This ensures that the School’s postgraduate programs are relevant and contemporary and embracing today’s rapidly changing global environment while maintaining academic rigour.

Notre Dame Australia has strong links with The University of Notre Dame United States (NDUS) and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota. Faculties from these two universities teach at the Fremantle Campus each year.

Course Outline - Masters of Business Leadership

The Master of Business Leadership is designed for those wishing to gain an advantage in order to secure a leadership role, whilst acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to do so, or to further enhance their leadership skills in order to better perform in their current role.

Students will be required to study 10 compulsory business leadership style units with a choice of two electives, allowing an area of interest or focus to be included. Students may choose to undertake elective units that focus on the not-for-profit sector. Through the application of class tuition, networking, mentoring, and a range of speaker series, students will gain the prerequisite skills and knowledge to advance their careers in a competitive commercial environment.

10 compulsory leadership units

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Business Ethics OR
    - Ethical Issues in Professional Life
  • Change Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • International Business: a Strategic Perspective
  • Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Organisational Development
  • Strategic Management and Planning
  • Strategic Marketing for Managers
  • Strategic Workforce issues

Choice of Two elective units from the following:

  • Directed Business project (Research)
  • Information Systems for Managers
  • Social Sector Finance and Governance
  • Social Sector Human Resource Management
  • Social Sector Marketing and Public Relations
  • Social Sector Policy and Framework

Other units may be available upon discussion with the Dean

Mode of Study and Assessment

Students may undertake a study as a part-time or full-time student, commencing in First Semester (February) or Second Semester (July), subject to availability. The assessment of competency in each unit consists of tutorial performance, a number of assignments or projects during the semester and a final examination. Some units will be offered in intensive study mode whilst others will be full semester units. Group projects will be expected in most units.

Advanced Standing

Students who have completed a recognised postgraduate Business degree i.e. Grad Cert in Business may be eligible to apply for advanced standing, depending on their undergraduate course and specialisation. To obtain advanced standing, students require a significant level of specialisation in a particular area.

Admissions Requirements

Notre Dame encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and takes into consideration the applicant’s academic performance as well as their personal qualities and accomplishments. Academic requirements are as follows:

· A Bachelor degree from a recognised Australian or overseas University demonstrating satisfactory grades.

· A minimum of two years relevant industry experience · International students may be required to provide evidence of their English capability (IELTS 7 or above).

Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to selected applicants who have no formal tertiary qualifications but who have at least 10 years industry experience.

Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. However, there are limited places available in postgraduate courses and they will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, so an early application is encouraged.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 700 ... Read More

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 7000 students enrolled on its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome. The University’s founding partner was the University of Notre Dame in the United States (NDUS), one of the world’s great Catholic universities and the benchmark for UNDA. It has provided UNDA with inspiration; counsel; ideas and models; ‘study abroad’ students and faculty; and the presence of its leaders on its Boards and governing councils. Notre Dame Australia is an Australian university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America. It has sought to be a university which specialises in the excellence of undergraduate education. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting and finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood. The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, so long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. It has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the indigenous people of northern Australia. Notre Dame is a medium size, a private university which receives public funding in a number of areas. A significant number of students have spots in the health and education fields funded by the Australian Government. It is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, students receive a personalised, high-quality education in a caring and friendly learning environment. About 10 percent of its student body is international. The University aims to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates who are much in demand from Australian employers. The University’s three campuses, in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome are strikingly beautiful and very convenient. They provide an ideal setting for a first-class undergraduate university experience. Read Less
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