Medical Leadership Program

In a fast-changing and challenging profession, medical doctors increasingly require influential leadership and business management skills. Technical expertise aside, to be an excellent medical practitioner you must effectively make decisions, communicate, negotiate, and work collaboratively with stakeholders.

The Medical Leadership Program (MLP), a tailormade Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership (GCBusLead), addresses these challenges. The Faculty of Medicine and Business School Executive Education teams partnered to develop a program that helps clinicians attain the leadership skills needed within the healthcare industry.

The MLP focuses on building your leadership skills and covers a range of topics, including high quality service delivery, communication, negotiation, and strategic thinking. To ensure that learning outcomes are industry focused, the MLP incorporates case studies and actionable learning techniques, allowing you to solve real healthcare and business problems.

Whether your career goals involve management, clinical team leadership, running your own practice or you simply wish to develop managerial and leadership skills to optimise your effectiveness in your current position, the MLP will prepare you with the fundamental business and interpersonal skills to succeed. 

Upon successful completion of the MLP, you will receive a GCBusLead qualification.

How to apply

Program courses

The MLP consists of the following four courses, each delivered over five days:

  • 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.
  • Strategic Analysis and Implementation
    Good strategy creates value for an organisation’s customers and captures value for the organisation and its stakeholders. Learn about key strategy analysis concepts and techniques, including industry and environmental analysis, capabilities analysis, and gap analysis. Enhance your decision-making and strategy implementation skills to design and deliver effective and relevant business solutions.
  • 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.
  • Innovation Management (Special Topics in Business Leadership 1)
    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.

Each course is offered once per year, allowing you to complete the MLP in as little as one year, or up to three years.

Course dates

MGTS7905 Strategic Analysis and Implementation

 Mon 10 – Fri 14 June

(TP5 – Semester 2, 2019)

MGTS7910 Innovation Management

Sat 24 – Sun 25 August; and

Sat 7 September; and

Sat 14 – Sun 15 September

(TP6 – Semester 2, 2019)

MGTS7906 Principles of Business Management and Leadership

 Mon 18 – Fri 22 November

(TP8 – Summer Semester 2019/2020)

On these dates students are expected to be in-class at UQ Brisbane City from 9am-5pm. These are the only contact days required for each course.


Yeun Family Excellence in Medical Leadership Scholarship 

The Yuen Family Excellence in Medical Leadership Scholarship was established in 2012 through a donation from alumnus Dr Natalis Yuen and his family.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and support a high achieving medical student who is undertaking the Medical Leadership Program.

This scholarship is available to current full time students who have successfully completed the first year of the MD/MBBS program, who meet the requirements for entry into the MLP.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and personal qualities, including leadership interest and potential. Applicants from rural backgrounds will also be considered favourably.

Detailed information on selection criteria and the selection process can be found in the Yuen Family Excellence in Medical Leadership Scholarship Rules.   

How to apply

  1. Meet the entry requirements to receive an unconditional offer for the MLP program (GCBusLead); and
  2. Download an application cover page and submit the completed form and supporting documentation to no later than 31 January 2020.

Terms and conditions

Applications open 16 December 2019, and close on 31 January 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The value of the scholarship is $12,000 payable in four equal instalments towards the cost of each course undertaken in the Medical Leadership Program.

The selection committee may decide to interview short-listed applicants.

Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of the scholarship selection process. The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis.

Scholarship winners must commence the MLP by Semester 2 2020. The scholarship will be valid for 36 months. Extensions will not be considered.

Continuation of scholarship funding is contingent on the scholarship recipient maintaining a GPA of 5.0 or higher in their MD/MBBS program.


Further information

For information regarding MLP scholarships, please contact the Scholarships and Awards Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine:


Phone: 07 3346 5375

Meet MLP students and graduates


For more information about the MLP, please contact Business School Executive Education.

P: (07) 3346 7111