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Study pharmaceutical and medical device development online at the University of Sydney

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

There is a growing need for expertise in modern drug development practices, and the Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) program provides training in state-of-the-art techniques, approaches, and requirements for the registration of medical products. 

This course is designed to introduce students to modern approaches to drug and device design and development, providing an up-to-date set of skills essential for the current industry environment.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

Why study this course?

An industry-focused program, the Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) has been developed in partnership and is taught by leading minds in the field – in academia, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, regulator and industry bodies and a wide array of reputable industry corporates.

  • Learn how to successfully manage the progress of pharmaceuticals and medical devices through crucial regulatory processes.
  • Bring your own experience and learn from our experts who bring a wealth of experience to this unique program
  • Develop expertise in modern drug development practices, from concept to registration and beyond
  • Gain invaluable industry experience and connections when you undertake the advanced studies option, which provides the opportunity for an industry placement or research project of your choice.

Who should study this course?

The program is tailored to professionals working in the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industry, regulatory affairs, drug product evaluation, registration, and therapeutic marketing sectors.

It is designed to meet the requirements of those who work or plan to work in different pharmaceutical and medical device development areas. This course would suit graduates of health, pharmacy, medicine, science, engineering, law, business or related disciplines.    

Further information:

  • Hear Professor Paul Young, discuss the new program in this video.
  • Download the course flyer (pdf, 8MB).

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to student visa holders. Available by online mode to eligible international students.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The graduate certificate requires the completion of 24 credit points of stream specific units of study.

If you are working full-time it is recommended you consider undertaking one or two units of study per semester. All core learning material is delivered online and some units have an intensive face-to-face teaching session.

  • Learn current methods used in drug development including molecular therapies, novel-formulation, clinical trials design and analysis, and personalised medicine.
  • Develop an understanding of pharmaco-economic, pharmaco-vigilance and pharmaco-epidemiology related to drug development.
  • Explore the full scope of medicine and medical device registration processes, from therapeutic guidelines, regulation, documentation, and post-registration follow up to the range of technologies and medical devices that exist, their properties, classifications, development and manufacturing requirements.
  • Prepare and critically evaluate regulatory submissions, clinical trials, and drug registration information

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development course structure (pdf, 100KB)

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) requires a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a health or science-related discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice.

Course opportunities

Study pharmaceutical and medical device development at different levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one course to the next at your own pace.

Course options for healthcare professionals:

Course options for doctors:

Sydney professional certificates:

Future study options

You may choose to complete the graduate certificate, or use it as a pathway to the graduate diploma or the master's degree in this discipline.

Career Pathways

The program has been designed to ensure that the knowledge you gain can be applied to current industry needs and be readily integrated into your day-to-day work.

Graduates of this course will have the opportunity to move into careers in different areas of the pharmaceutical and medical device development industry including:

  • Research & Development (including pre-formulation and formulation
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Regulatory, medical and scientific affairs
  • Clinical trials
  • Marketing and sales

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