Master of Instructional Leadership


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Danielle Toon, Master of Instructional Leadership graduate

Build your skills and knowledge to enhance effective teaching and learning, and contribute to greater student achievement. The Master of Instructional Leadership focuses on the impact of evidence-based approaches to the leadership of teaching and learning, with a strong emphasis on research.

The course aligns with the Australian Professional Standard for Principals, developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (937kb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • An appropriate four-year degree in education, or
  • A postgraduate diploma in the field of education; and
  • At least two years of documented relevant professional experience.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

The Master of Instructional Leadership can be completed via either a coursework or research pathway.

Coursework pathway

  • Course code: MC-INSLEAD
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 7 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects (including the 25 point captstone component)
    • 1 x 12.5 point elective.

Research pathway

  • Course code: MC-INSLEAD
  • 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 4 x core 12.5 point subjects
    • 1 x 12.5 point research methodology subject
    • 1 x 37.5 point research project.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Instructional Leadership.


These courses will prepare you to:

  • formulate evidence-based approaches to transforming and improving teaching and learning
  • develop and manage your team
  • adopt innovative approaches to school management
  • communicate effectively with staff, students, parents, and the school community, including diverse groups.


Graduates who complete the research intensive option in year 2 may be eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Education program or a PhD.

How to apply

Please note: Applications have now closed for the Master of Instructional Leadership. Mid-year entry into the course is only available to students who are currently enrolled in or have graduated from the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start-year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

Mid-year intake, 2018


Round 1: closes 31 May 2018

Round 2: closes 22 June 2018

Round 3: closes 5 July 2018


Final round: closes 8 June 2018

Applications for the 2018 Mid-year intake of the Master of Instructional Leadership have closed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.