Master of Business Administration Innovation and Leadership Partnership with Ducere
Student Domestic
Study mode Online
Campus locations Online
Course duration1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date
17 Oct 2022 20 Feb 2023
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This course is accredited by Torrens University Australia ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E and delivered by Ducere Global Business School Pty Ltd.


What is an MBA In Innovation and Leadership?

An MBA in Innovation and Leadership provides insight into current business challenges as well as the practical skill set to work through solutions to these challenges. This course puts industry experience first, bridging the gap between academic learning and the needs of the business community with a focus on emerging technologies and business models.
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Producing global leaders
Develop an industry-relevant project portfolio, attend dynamic industry events with our course partners and learn insights from more than 250 Ducere Global Leaders. 

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World lessons
At Ducere, complete assignments relevant to you, your current workplace and your future business – instead of exams, you will be working on real business plans. 

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Industry relevant
Your learning experiences are integrated with major organisations across corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Course overview

Torrens University Australia has partnered with Ducere Global Business School and a range of leading Australian organisations to deliver the MBA (Innovation and Leadership). Over the course of your study, you will be working on real projects with real commercial impact, while gaining exposure to the most successful and important organisations in the country. By working on projects with our industry partners, you’ll gain unprecedented insight into modern business challenges and the practical skill set to tackle these challenges head-on. This MBA program is structured around three major projects with industry partners.

Career opportunities

The potential employment opportunities are varied and diverse with the Master of Business Administration (Innovation and Leadership) qualification equipping graduands with advanced leadership skills, innovation articulation skills, and business administration skills.

Career paths

  • Executive Director
  • General Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Business Consultant
  • Board Member
  • Future career
    • Executive Director
    • General Manager
    • Entrepreneur
    • Business Consultant
    • Board Member

Subjects and units

This course comprises of 12 core subjects. It is expected that each division/industry project will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning.

Complete the 12 core subjects listed below.
  • Ethics and Decision Making | MBL501
    This Subject enables candidates to critically explore the ethical viewpoints and moral standards that are relied upon to reach conclusions and make decisions within a business and organisational context. Although some ethical viewpoints are considered universal and consistent across cultures, others are of a local or personal nature. As ethical viewpoints continue to evolve and change over time through interactions with different people and contexts, the ability for managers and leaders of organisations to evaluate these changes, make ethical decisions and responds appropriately is paramount for contemporary organisations.
  • Finance for Managers | MBL502
    This subject introduces core concepts and practices relating to Finance, Managerial Accounting and Managerial Economics. Candidates will develop the ability to interpret and critically evaluate Interpret organisational financial information and extract data from financial statements and reports for reporting and decision-making purposes. The fundamental concepts in corporate finance and capital markets are explored and investigated and models and tools based on decision science are applied to achieve organisational objectives efficiently.
  • Industry Project - Learner | MBL604
    Candidates commence the MBA program at the Learner stage with Industry project responsibilities across Ethics and Decision Making; People and Culture; and Finance for Managers. In collaboration with additional Learners in the project team, they must explore and critically evaluate the Industry Project deliverables relating to these areas under the supervision of candidates at Manager and Leader stages of the course. Learners benefit from mentorship of these peers that have already orientated to the delivery style of the course through their first and second projects and have demonstrated a proven track record of successfully delivering value to project partners through the program.
  • People and Culture | MBL603
    This subject explores how human factors influence organisational effectiveness and productivity. Candidates explore how human, cultural and social dynamics influence organisational culture, individuals and teams. Students will critically examine these dynamics and formulate strategic approaches to be able to balance between organisational and human demands in an increasingly diverse and global environment. Managers and leaders must be equipped with the necessary frameworks and mind-set to ensure an organisational culture is conducive to value creation.
  • Marketing and Communication | MBL605
    This subject enables candidates to critically examine marketing management from a customer-driven perspective. This includes evaluating and designing frameworks for fundamental concepts such as segmenting, targeting and positioning. Customers, due to increased connectivity, have access to information and option from around the globe in a matter of seconds. As a result of this, customers are educated and have increased power and choice. Managers and leaders must move towards a customer and market-driven management approach which recognises the value of the and how to translate this into competitive advantage.
  • Digital Operations and Project Management | MBL606
    This subject enables candidates to evaluate and analyse the functions and make up of operations management, the ways in which operations can be optimised, and the key challenges operations managers face in the modern economy. Digital operations and project management aims to ensure that resources are used as efficiently as possible. As organisations face variability and uncertainties, managers need to be able to respond to those challenges with effective processes and structures. Operations management provides another opportunity to foster and deliver unique competitive advantage. This provides another key place for competition in the market place.
  • Business Strategy | MBL607
    This subject articulates the fundamentals of and approaches to the design and implementation of an effective business strategy. Candidates critically analyse the fundamentals of strategy and the role it should play in business operations. Various strategic frameworks and concepts are evaluated for various organisational contexts conducive towards fostering successful business outcomes. The role of strategy in developing competitive advantage will be further examined in order to frame the various ways in which strategy can drive growth and effective business performance. Students will formulate methodologies for managing strategic change to gain a comprehensive understanding of how and why to implement effective business strategy.
  • Industry Project - Manager | MBL608
    Candidates enter this Industry Project at the Manager Level with industry project responsibilities across marketing and communication, digital operations and project management, and business strategy. In collaboration with other managers, they also focus on the successful functioning of team processes between the Industry Project members. Managers also begin developing their mentorship skills by assisting Learners in their orientation to the program and the Industry project processes. Working closely with project Leaders, the Managers facilitate the project management functions to successfully deliver project outcomes. Managers are able to draw on their previous Industry Project experience to provide direction to Learners in meeting project deliverable requirements and academic assignments.
  • Leadership in Practice | MBL609
    This subject explores the definitions and practices of leadership in the context of the 21st Century, and prepares candidates to develop the necessary mind-sets, insights and capabilities through the exploration of self, situations and by critically examining the different techniques utilised to lead and manage in contemporary organisations. The subject enables candidates to examine their own skills, attributes and actions for successful leadership practice.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation | MBL610
    This subject investigates entrepreneurship and the role innovation plays in shaping the culture of a firm. Today’s leading organisations share recognition of the value of innovation and the cultivation of entrepreneurial thinking to drive shareholder value and performance. Candidates critically examine and theorise how the various ways visionary attitudes can transform existing businesses and offer frameworks and tools to commercialise new ideas.
  • Big Data for Managers | MBL611
    This subject examines Big Data management across three main areas. Candidates critically examine the concept of Big Data, its evolution, associated skills and professional roles in relation to business management. The infrastructure that supports Big Data, cloud solutions and data processing platforms is evaluated and approaches to data mining, synthesis, interpretation, information, visualisation and prediction methods are hypothesised and designed. Current social media analytics tools are appraised for their relevance in contemporary business management.
  • Industry Project - Leader | MBL612
    Candidates complete their final Industry project as Leaders with project responsibilities across Leadership in practice; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Big Data. Leaders are fundamentally responsible for the delivery of client value through the group’s successful completion of their Industry Project. Leaders utilise their experience from their two previous Industry projects to act as the focal point of the team and drive project team vision and strategy to maximise effectiveness. Leaders take primary responsibility for client engagement and must develop and apply a wide range of leadership skills in order to drive team progress. Leaders complete the course with a demonstrable track record of leading a team of high calibre professionals to deliver value for a major organisation.

Our partnership with Ducere

Torrens University Australia has partnered with Ducere Global Business School to bring you new and exciting Business courses, including:

  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Management)
  • Bachelor of Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Business Administration (Innovation and Leadership)

These courses are delivered by Ducere and accredited by Torrens University Australia.

Jason Lawrence | MBA Innovation and Leadership
As a consultant, this MBA was a real differentiator for me as it shows that my experience is backed up academically. My favourite part about the Ducere MBA was the industry projects where I got the chance to apply my learnings in a real environment with actual clients. The projects provided exposure to different leadership approaches and provided an opportunity to make real impact.
Jason Lawrence
Master of Business Administration, Innovation and Leadership

Learning outcomes

  • Identify new business opportunities and take advantage of them
  • Devise and test innovative business models in real environments
  • Access modern technologies to grow new businesses
  • Engage with the local start-up landscape through incubators, accelerators and investors
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Why study with us?

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. We focus on giving you the skills and the knowledge to ensure long-term success in your career. Our academics are highly qualified and will support you in every step of your study.
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Gain insights from experts  
Get inside the heads of some of the best in the business and learn what it’s really like in your chosen industry.
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Future-proof your career
Our diverse academics and industry partners will help you gain new perspectives and a wide-reaching business network.
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Make your mark
With globally recognised qualifications from Torrens University Australia, you'll be well equipped to work anywhere in the world.
Transform your career with Ducere's online MBA.

Domestic entry requirements, fees and scholarships

Admissions criteria and pathways

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet the requirements listed below.
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A bachelor degree in business or a related field, or equivalent as approved by the University plus at least three years’ professional work experience.
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OR Managerial experience as deemed appropriate by the University (Recommendation of a minimum of 7 years’ relevant professional experience).

OR demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level; formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; or written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.


For more information on the fees associated with this course, visit the Ducere website here.

Scholarships: Domestic students

We’re serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you’ll love.

How to Apply

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 382 373.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Frequently asked questions

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits


  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit:

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

  • How much are Torrens University Australia courses?

    For a full list of tuition fees, visit Tuition Fees.

    Remember, if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, your fees can be covered by FEE-HELP. You can find out more information on FEE-HELP on the StudyAssist website at or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    To get a FEE-HELP loan, you must:

    • Be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia; or
    • Be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements - permanent residents can only get FEE-HELP for approved bridging studies.
    • Be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans.
    • Be enrolled in an eligible course at your provider by the census date (your provider can tell you if your course is eligible).
    • Submit the Request for FEE-HELP loan form to your provider by the census date.
    • Have an available HELP balance.
    • Have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to the first census date (for new enrolments from 1 January 2021).
    • Maintain a pass-rate of 50 per cent or above to continue to be eligible for FEE-HELP if you are studying at a non-university higher education provider.
    • Maintain a pass-rate of 50 per cent* or above to be eligible for FEE-HELP if you are commencing study in a new course at an Australian university from 1 January 2022.
    • Not undertake more than 2 years' worth of higher education study in the last 12 months, unless your provider has assessed you as capable of taking on a higher study load.

    *This means that once you have undertaken 4 or more units in a sub-bachelor level course, or 8 or more units in bachelor and above level courses, you must have passed at least 50 per cent of your total attempted units in order to remain eligible for a CSP, HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

    For further information, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.

  • Can I apply for FEE-HELP?

    To be eligible for FEE-HELP you need to be an Australian citizen , and have a tax file number. You must also be studying at an approved higher education provider, such as Torrens University Australia.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • How do I apply for FEE-HELP?

    If you receive an offer from Torrens University Australia, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP. You will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form if you want to defer payment of some, or all, of your tuition fees. You will need to quote your tax file number or provide a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number. The form must be completed before the due date.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at or speak to our Course and Careers Advisors and we can guide you through the process.

  • Is there a FEE-HELP limit?
    • There is a limit to how much HELP you can borrow. For most students the HELP loan limit is $109,206. The Australian Government publishes the HELP Loan limit on their website.
    • FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition costs. Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. Note: Any loan fees that were applied to study prior to January 1, 2019 will not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.
    • Students repay the loan to the Australian Government through the tax system once a student reaches the minimum income threshold level for repayment, which is $47,014 in 2021-22.
    • You can find out more information on the Study Assist website at or Contact Us and we can guide you through the process.
  • What courses are available for FEE-HELP?
    To find out more, visit How to Apply.
  • What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible full-fee-paying students pay their tuition costs.

    You must be studying at an approved FEE-HELP provider in order to access a FEE-HELP loan, such as Torrens University Australia.

    A FEE-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or textbooks, and must be repaid once you start earning above a certain income threshold.

    To find out more, visit the Study Assist website:

  • Is there anything I can do to prepare for Torrens University Australia?

    There are lots of resources to help you prepare for university life. Attend one of our workshops or events and get some tips firsthand from our industry-focused lecturers and current students.

    The events programs range in topic and delivery mode, so there should always be one to suit your needs. At any time you can contact one of our Course and Careers Advisors to talk through your career goals. They can guide you on what to expect and how you can get prepared earlier. If you know exactly which course you want to enrol in, you could take advantage of the early entry program.

  • What is the Early Entry Program?

    The Torrens University Australia Early Entry Program has been created to allow you to apply and secure your place for your chosen course before you finish your Year 12 exams.

    To find out more, visit Early Entry Program or email or phone 1300 575 803.

  • How do I apply?

    Applying is easy and can be done online by filling out the apply form. If you have any difficulty, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas (this does not apply for online study outside of Australia).

  • How will I know if my application has been processed?
    Our Course and Careers Advisors will help you through every step of the application process and provide you with updates. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email.
  • I am having trouble with my application. Who can help?
    Our friendly Course and Careers Advisors are available to answer all your questions and guide you through the application process. Fill out the contact us form and one of them will reach out to you.
  • What are pathways?

    All Torrens University Australia courses have specific entry requirements, but we also offer multiple pathways into courses when you don’t meet those entry requirements.

    There are different pathways for different courses. For example, we offer a range of diploma courses which pathway into bachelor degrees in Business, Design and Creative Technology, Health and Hospitality. We also have graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses which pathway into masters courses in Business, Global Project Management, Sports Management, Health, Education, Design and Hospitality. 

    For more information on different types of pathways available, visit study pathways.

  • How can I pay for my course?

    Payment information will be outlined in your offer letter but there are a couple of different options:

    1. Upfront payment via credit card, BPAY, cheque or overseas bank account transfer
    2. Full or partial payment via FEE-HELP Government Assistance (domestic students only)
  • What are the key dates?
    To find out more, visit Key Dates.
  • What are the semester and term dates?

    Torrens University Australia has three main intakes each year, usually during February, June and September. There are also a range of accelerated intake dates available, meaning if you just miss the start date, you don’t have to wait until the next intake.

    You can apply any time throughout the year for the next intake start date – or a future start date if you are planning ahead. Different semester dates apply for Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School as well as some of our other courses.

    To find out more, visit key dates.

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