Master of Governance and Leadership

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Master of Governance and Leadership

This is the only degree of its kind offered in Australia, or overseas. Our focus on governance and leadership from a rural and regional perspective is unique. This course encourages students to develop innovative approaches to the management of complex societal issues using a strong understanding of governance and effective leadership.

Using JCU’s strong industry connections with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Governance Institute of Australia, you will plan, execute and communicate the results of a real-world project. You will be prepared to effectively design solutions for, and creatively resolve, societal issues facing the Tropics.

Tailor this degree to suit your needs. You can major in JCU's highly regarded Conflict Management and Resolution program, complete a thesis, or choose four additional subjects, complementing your studies or diversifying your knowledge. Both domestic and international students can study externally.

Start dates
February, July
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent

Career opportunities

With an integrated knowledge of public governance, policy and leadership, you will develop the skills required to initiate and lead change in the government-led, and societal-led governance setting.

Pursue high-level leadership and management positions in government agencies, not-for-profit, community, corporate and research organisations. With the skills to manage the rapidly changing e-governance environment such as collective intelligence and social networking technologies, you will be at the forefront of change.

Your knowledge will be highly relevant to the Tropics and allow you to develop solutions for the complexities of governing these societies.

Course overview

Through an innovative course design, you will have opportunities to interact and develop industry connections with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Governance Institute Australia. In addition, you will collaborate with local organisations and work on projects designed to solve real-world problems.

You will complete an integrated core program that addresses both governance and leadership theories together. You will gain theoretical knowledge in law and institutions, entrepreneurship, policy analysis and management economics. These subjects prepare you for your practical work, or applied research project.

Using the key industry and governmental connections of our lecturers, you will have the opportunity to collaboratively plan and implement a research project.


Depending on your chosen career path, you can choose to select one major, complete a thesis, or customise your degree by choosing four elective subjects.

Conflict Management and Resolution Major

Learn how to be an effective leader in the face of change, uncertainty and conflict. Essential to leading a team of people, you will understand how to manage and resolve difficult situations in the workplace.

Drawing from realistic scenarios and case studies, you will have the opportunity to analyse a diverse range of conflict situations. You will be engaged in practical, skills-based learning through subjects such as negotiation, facilitation, cross-cultural conflict resolution, conflict coaching and mediation.

Learn how to constructively manage complex conflict and work with conflict management systems. With specialised knowledge of working with a diverse workforce, be prepared to be a leader in your field.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.