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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership

Learn to become a responsive, innovative and dynamic leader with the skills, knowledge and fortitude to guide organisations through complex challenges and onward to strategic growth.

To be successful, modern-day leaders must have an understanding of contemporary business theory, developed business skills, and be able to navigate dynamic business environments. The Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership will cultivate and enhance the key business competencies you need to succeed in a leadership role in any organisation, across any sector.

Your half-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) program is designed for customisation, so you can tailor study to suit your current organisational needs, or you can create something different to pursue new career ambitions. UQ approaches each customised graduate certificate program with a true spirit of enquiry and collaboration, working with you to understand your priorities, complexities and opportunities so you graduate prepared for future business leadership.

Program highlights

  • Focus on contemporary financial topics, including governance and risk management, procurement, financial management, costing and pricing, and asset management.
  • Customise the structure of your Graduate Certificate with a range of course options that blend intellectual rigour with practical hands-on learning.
  • Enjoy a contemporary business program delivered in an immersive and collaborative environment by leading and experienced academics.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Project manager
  • Business support officer
  • Procurement specialist
  • Development assessment officer
  • Asset administrator
  • Corporate planning and performance officer
  • Underwriting executive
  • Technical claims specialist

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

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.

Students must also be part of an approved cohort.