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Study pharmaceutical and medical device development 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

This course is only available to students currently enrolled in the Master of Medicine (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) who meet the requirements for admission (see below).

There is a growing need for expertise in modern drug development practices, and the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (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.

Why study this course?

An industry-focused program, the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (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
  • The fully online delivery is designed for flexibility and to support the learning of busy professionals

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).

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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 Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) requires the successful completion of 60 credit points of units of study including:

  • 48 credit points of coursework required for the masters; and
  • 12 credit points of project units of study.

Students complete a research project in an area of specific interest relevant to their master's degree. Students will be guided through the steps required to plan and execute a substantial research project and prepare a scholarly work which may be a paper for publication.

If you are interested in this option it is recommended that you complete PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics as one of your master's elective units.

  • 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 Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) requires:

  • completion of the requirements for the Master of Medicine (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development); and
  • an average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream units of study; and
  • any other requirements as stated by the faculty at the time of application.

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 doctors:

Course options for healthcare professionals:

Sydney professional certificates:

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School.

A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

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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