Medical Leadership Program

The Medical Leadership Program (MLP) is a tailor-made Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership (GCBusLead) designed specifically for UQ Medical students and resident doctors in Australia.

UQ Faculty of Medicine, in partnership with UQ Business School Executive Education, developed the MLP to provide UQ Medical students and resident doctors with a pathway for gaining contextualized leadership skills.

The MLP focuses on building participants’ leadership skills, and covers a range of topics, including service strategy, communication, negotiation, and strategic thinking. To ensure that learning outcomes are industry focused, the MLP incorporates case studies and action learning techniques, where participants work in groups to solve real business problems.

Upon successfully completing the MLP, participants receive a GCBusLead postgraduate qualification in addition to their medical degree.

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Program courses

The MLP is completed over two years, and consists of the following four 5 day courses:

Innovation Management

A fundamental source of competitive advantage, the purpose of this course is to analyse the importance and nature of innovation and how managers can lead innovation for sustainable business growth and advantage. This course is based on robust analytical frameworks and contemporary empirical evidence on international best practice in innovation leadership.

Strategic Analysis and Implementation

Good strategy creates value for an organisation’s customers and captures value for the organization and its stakeholders. Learn about key strategy analysis concepts and techniques, including industry and environmental analysis, capabilities analysis, and gap analysis. Enhance your decisionmaking and strategy implementation skills to design and deliver effective and relevant business solutions.

Principles of Business Management and Leadership

As a new manager, supervisor or future leader, identify key issues and opportunities that you may face specific to the medical industry. Learn the foundational knowledge, key skills and insights required for managing individual, group and organisational challenges.

Service Quality and Customer Co-creation

Understanding how to operate in a fast-changing, technology-driven environment and how to treat patients as informed consumers is critical to developing appropriate patient care models that focus on the needs of individuals. Learn about the latest research on the five different patient types and how best to interact with each. Using innovative knowledge from world leaders in their fields, group discussions, and practical exercises, this course teaches you how to define and implement service quality in health practice.

Application process

All UQ Faculty of Medicine MBBS / MD students (second year and beyond) and resident doctors in Australia wishing to pursue medical leadership opportunities are invited to register their interest in the MLP.

Application process

To apply for the MLP please complete the MLP Application Form.  A limited number of scholarship places are offered for this program - to apply, please also complete the MLP Scholarship Form. Submit your application to

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the MLP you must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by the Executive Dean with a GPA of at least 4.00 on a 7 point scale; OR post-secondary study and at least five years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean; OR seven years full-time work experience as approved by the Executive Dean.


The indicative cost of the MLP is $18,820 over the two-year delivery period. FEE-HELP is available for eligible students.

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