UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of School Leadership (coursework)

The Master of School Leadership is available to already qualified teachers as preparation for leadership positions, especially the principalship.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of School Leadership (coursework)
Award abbreviationMSL
Course code32520
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Education
CRICOS code088890M
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year full-time
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Helen Wildy

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (24 points):

NSEDUC5642Leading Teaching and Learning
NSEDUC5643Leading Assessment and Accountability
NSEDUC5644Leading the Aligned School
NSEDUC5645Leading Curriculum Innovation

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

NSEDUC5519Contemporary Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care
NSEDUC5523Education Law
NSEDUC5608Integrating Pedagogy and Technology
NSEDUC5631Approaches to Research
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S1, NSEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
NSEDUC5639Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
NS, S1EDUC5658Education Policy Trends: Global to Local
NSSWSP5611Indigenous Policy and Practice

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) a relevant graduate diploma, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) a four-year Bachelor of Education, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 30240 Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (articulated) (24 points)
  • 32520 Master of School Leadership (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of School Leadership course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.