About the Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine at UNSW

The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine program is a 2-3-year part-time (1-year full-time) postgraduate degree available fully online delivered by the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Whether pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical technology industries, academic health centres or government, this degree will provide you with the skills, knowledge and insights to make a meaningful contribution and difference to medicines research, development and access, improving the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Graduates may pursue careers in pharmaceutical product discovery, clinical trial management, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance and drug safety, health technology assessment and senior positions within pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cell and gene therapy or medical technology businesses or government. 

Active Learning

A key feature of our learning and teaching is its student-centred focus on individual and collaborative learning experiences. Through exposure to complex, real-world challenges in healthcare and therapeutic product development, you’ll develop a deep understanding of business principles and effective communication. You will develop an ethical framework for working in all aspects of the development of therapeutic products. Active learning is encouraged and so you will produce real-world analytical reports, clinical trial protocols, strategic plans, risk management plans and regulatory submissions during your studies.

What Our Graduates Say

Alice Morgan

"The UNSW Pharmaceutical Medicine degree offers unrivalled teaching of the entire pharmaceutical access pathway in Australia from discovery through to reimbursement. Coming from a scientific background and seeking to transition into a health economics career, this Master’s degree provided me with the necessary technical skills and knowledge to succeed in this endeavour.

The program provides direct access to industry leaders, as lecturers and mentors, as well as leading academics in this important medical field. Completing this Master degree has not only broadened my professional career but also encouraged me to pursue doctoral (PhD) studies in pharmacoepidemiology and contribute to academic research into medicines and health technology access and affordability in Australia."

-   UNSW Medicine alumna Alice Morgan, Director of Health Economics & Social Policy at Deloitte, PhD Candidate

Our graduates are employed as experts across a range of positions in the pharmaceutical industry in Australia an overseas.

What our graduate do

Pharmaceutical medicine is the medical scientific discipline concerned with the discovery, development, evaluation, registration, monitoring and medical aspects of developing medicines for therapeutic treatment.

The postgraduate degree consists of student-centred learning, collaboration and the development of skills needed for staff in the rapidly changing and demanding pharmaceutical industry.

The Master of Pharmaceutical Medicine is delivered fully online and attracts students from a wide geographical area – across Australia, New Zealand, Asia-Pacific and beyond. UNSW students have backgrounds in areas such as medicine, medical science, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, law, nursing, veterinary science, biomedical engineering and medical research. Our online community provides a breadth of knowledge and networking opportunities that connects you with leaders in industry and government from across the world.

  •  Australasia’s leading postgraduate pharmaceutical medicine program, running for over 24 years
  • Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry and government regulators for real-world relevancy
  • Flexible, online delivery to suit your career aspirations and lifestyle
  • Engage with highly-qualified industry and government experts, academics and clinicians via digital resources and real-time webinars covering the latest innovations in drug development and industry trends
  • Real-world learning experiences deepen your industry skills and knowledge
  • Develop your collaborative communication and critical thinking skills
  • Connect with a global alumni network employed by key industry partners such as multinational pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government regulators and contract research and manufacturing organisations