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AGSM MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals)

The MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals) is offered as part of the MBAX program. A unique part-time MBA, ranked 4th in the world (QS 2020 Online MBA Rankings). The program allows students to specialise in contemporary fields that are in high demand.

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AGSM @ UNSW Business School’s MBAX (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals), is an agile business administration degree in collaboration with the UNSW School of Medical Sciences’ Pharmaceutical Medicine and the UNSW School of Biomedical Engineering.

This program is for experienced professionals interested in acquiring advanced knowledge, frameworks and best practice solutions to gain specialise expertise in order to accelerate their career potential and create opportunities for their organisation and chosen field.

Students will also have access to a rich global network of over 17,000+ AGSM alumni who are recognised international business leaders in their industries.

Why choose this master’s program?

AGSM @ UNSW Business School offers innovative, experiential, world-class programs designed to equip a new generation of leaders to make an impact in an evolving world. Providing the flexibility needed to meet the requirements of professional domestic students, with the option to study part-time and online.

This is the first program in Australia or New Zealand to train leaders at this intersection of business and Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals, a prominent and growing field within Australia. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for a leadership role to combine your commercialisation expertise and business skills with a technical capability.

Immerse yourself in a unique blend of commercial business development coupled with the specialist degree in Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals. Courses are designed to meet an immediate need so you can align your study with current professional projects and personal interests.

You’ll study and connect with high calibre leaders from around the world, developing a valuable global network of fellow influencers. You will cover topics not addressed in conventional business programs and you can further your learning and networks by completing an International Exchange program or an overseas study tours at one of our globally elite Business School partners.

During this postgraduate degree, AGSM will offer unlimited, individual coaching with MBA specialists throughout your program. Career development experts will work with you on career planning and job search strategy, developing your personal brand, advanced behavioural techniques and job offer and salary negotiation techniques.

Who is this degree for?

  • Mid-career professionals transitioning from research & development roles in medical and pharmaceutical science or engineering who want to move into leadership roles
  • Business and sales professionals wanting to take advantages of leadership opportunities in the rapidly growing medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors
  • Entrepreneurs starting up their own biotechnology, medical technology or pharmaceutical companies
  • Busy professionals who’d prefer to study in a flexible format, balancing study with work and other commitments
  • Graduates from MPharm Med and MBiomed Eng moving into management roles
  • Graduates of the CICADA Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program wanting to deepen their knowledge of management in the MT/P field
  • Graduates of AGSM’s Certificate in Executive Management and Development (CEMD) wanting to deepen their knowledge of management in the MT/P field

Job and career prospects

  • Strategic, business development, management and other executive roles in the MT/P industry
  • MT/P investment analysis or venture capital
  • Commercialisation consulting
  • Government health funding or regulatory agencies

The AGSM MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals) is a part-time program and can be completed in anywhere between 2-6 years.

Mandatory commencing course

MBAX9131 Leadership

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the topic of leadership. It aims to help students to build the confidence, knowledge and skills to engage in effective leadership in a broad range of contexts. It also provides guidance on self-leadership and actively managing the process of growing as a leader.

Core courses - choose five

MBAX9114 Marketing Management

Marketing Management is a course designed to introduce fundamental marketing concepts, theories and analytical tools to managers working in today's highly competitive and complex business environment. The course places particular emphasis on the management of profitable exchange processes in the context of modern organisations and covers a diverse range of marketing topics including marketing strategy and planning, the marketing environment and how to monitor it, consumer and organisational behaviour, marketing research, market segmentation and development of target markets, new product development, pricing, distribution, promotion and international marketing. Participants are required to tackle real life marketing problems and demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge to their own work situations.

MBAX9120 Accounting and Financial Management

Accounting - A User Perspective is designed for those who use accounting information, rather than those whose task it is to prepare it. The focus is on the understanding and use of accounting information as well as the composition and meaning of the financial statements. The course covers accounting reports prepared for external users as well as accounting reports used by managers to plan, control and make decisions.

MBAX9122 Economics in Management Practice

An understanding of economics is essential for the long-term viability of business. The economic environment in which business operates will have a vital bearing on day-to-day decisions. Economics in Management Practice lays the foundations for such knowledge. It provides a basic introduction to those economic principles that are important for business, as well as providing general economic literacy to enable participants to read and understand economic reports and to be able to communicate with and understand business people, economists and policy makers.

MBAX9123 Corporate Finance

This course stresses the fundamentals of corporate financial decision making with special reference to investment, financing and dividend distribution. The course develops distinct conceptual frameworks and specialised tools for solving real-world financial problems at both the personal and corporate level. Examples include funds management, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, portfolio selection of financial securities, public floats and the pricing of assets in the stock market. Illustrations from real-life corporate practices are used to highlight the importance and relevance of financial management to the realisation of personal and corporate financial objectives.

MBAX9125 Managing People & Organisations

Fundamentals of People Management examines the different ways in which organisations approach the management of their employees. We explore the behaviour of people at work, and the impact this has on others and on the organisation itself. We consider the relationship between people management and the organisation's strategy and locate the management of 'people at work' within various theoretical, philosophical, historical and regulatory contexts.

MBAX9135 Business Analytics

This is a core course in Business Analytics, which enables organizations to make quicker, better, and more intelligent decisions to create business value in the broadest sense. This course addresses the context of business analytics and the management actions required for organizations to manage business analytics such that they can create value from their data and make progress on the transformational journey to becoming data-driven. Emphasis will be placed on the managing and sourcing data, the analytic process and the role of leadership in supporting the organizational and cultural change associated with the transformation to becoming a data-driven organization.

As part of the business analytics process you will build predictive models. This requires a basic understanding of statistics and you will therefore be required to study the material on basic statistics provided by Harvard online training. IBM’s Watson Analytics will be used to build predictive models and communicate analytic insights.

MBAX9143 Strategic Management

Strategic Management will help you to apply knowledge in understanding how the managers of modern, technology-rich, sustainable organisations look to generate, communicate and fulfil a strategic vision and deliver outcomes that fulfil the purpose for which the organisations were created.

The course is designed to help you reflect on the role of strategic management and draw on concepts, issues and principles highlighted in your earlier courses in this degree program. As a result, you will understand how integrating and effectively managing the diverse range of technology, specialised and business management disciplines empowers you to be more effective in achieving your organisation's strategic goals in a rapidly changing technological organisational environment.

MBAX9151 Law, Regulation & Ethics

Corporations and the individuals who work in them need to ensure that they operate lawfully and in a manner that meets stakeholder expectations and broader community standards of acceptable behaviour. This is true across business entities, not-for-profits and in the business of government. It requires managers to understand and be accountable for compliance with a complex array of legal and non-legal rules and expectations, derived from different sources. The reputational risk which flows from decisions influenced by personal, professional and institutional ethics can be amplified enormously by social media. This course is designed to equip students with the analytical tools to identify and manage the governance, compliance and risk management issues that arise from law, regulation and ethics in the context of businesses’ relationship with society.

Capstone (required)

MBAX9155 Strategic Consulting Project

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and practise your problem-solving skills by integrating your knowledge, skills, experience and various tools you have acquired during your MBAX studies. By investigating a particular strategic issue in an organisation, working as a team on the client issue, identifying solutions for that issue, and presenting practical recommendations to the client, you will acquire the skills and practical experience to become effective leaders and innovators.

Students may choose up to one other relevant postgraduate-level course from across UNSW with the agreement of the relevant program directors, including from other MBAX specialisations

The AGSM MBAX program is highly competitive for entry. You will need to show excellence in your application as well as meeting the following entry requirements.

Entry requirements should be viewed in the context of the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and GCCM Admissions Policy (pdf).

To apply for the AGSM MBAX you will need either:

  • A strong undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience
  • Or at least 6 years professional work experience if you don’t have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 6 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years).

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency. Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Applications must be completed online, click here to apply. Please visit the How to apply page for further information regarding the AGSM MBAX application process.

If you have any further questions, please contact the AGSM MBA Admissions Office by phone +61 2 9931 9490 or by email at admissions@agsm.edu.au

You can apply to the AGSM MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals) program online.
Applications are assessed on a session by session basis.

Term
Applications
open
Application
deadline
Classes startClasses finish
Term 1 2020
16 September 2019
17 January 2020
17 February 2020
10 May 2020
Term 2 2020
17 February 2020
10 May 2020
1 June 2020
23 August 2020
Term 3 2020
1 June 2020
17 August 2020
14 September 2020
6 December 2020

Documentation checklist

Before applying you will need to gather the following supporting documentation:

Please see the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and Graduate Certificate Admissions Policy (pdf) for more details on supporting documents and the application process.

** Those applying based on work experience must cover at least the last 5 years of experience. Those with an undergraduate degree must arrange two referee reports however, they do not need to cover the last 5 years.

Apply online

Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.

The AGSM MBA Admissions Selection Committee will review your application. We will advise you of the outcome by email within three weeks of your complete application.

International students are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of AUD$125.


Our dedicated team of Student Advisors will support you throughout your studies. The Student Experience team is your first point of contact for everything related to your MBA journey. Potential enquiries can relate related to:

  • Progression planning
  • Enrolment queries
  • International study and exchange programs
  • Special consideration

Online classes

The MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals) students can set the pace and style of their learning and choose to take courses that can be delivered either online or through weekly evening or weekend intensive classes. 

Whether you are completing a class in person or in a virtual environment through the intuitive, communication tool: Moodle, the emphasis will be on sharing knowledge and skills. Online classes do not require facilitators and participants to be online at the same time - it is asynchronous, enabling you to contribute to discussions at a time that best suites you. 

AGSM @ UNSW Business School becomes your 'mobile campus'; take your course materials with you on business trips and continue to participate online. Class facilitators manage the discussion and assess your participation throughout the course.

Class size

For each course, you will be allocated to a class cohort with about 30 to 35 co-participants and a class facilitator. Group discussions, either online or face-to-face, ensures a sharing of knowledge with fellow students with diverse backgrounds and experience levels, and enable you to connect with the program facilitators.

Your class facilitator will lead and guide interaction and participation in the online classroom environment.

Interactive learning areas

You can log into your online class at any time during the week, day or night, to contribute to set learning activities. In an MBA (Technology) online class there are four main locations:

  • The announcements where facilitators post notices to the class
  • The forums where facilitators conduct the formal teaching and learning activities in a class
  • The coffee shop where informal discussions among members of the class take place
  • The student profile where each member of the class can introduce themselves and upload a photo

Face-to-face classes

In some cases, certain MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals) courses will be available in face-to-face mode at a UNSW campus, with course selection alternating each session. Both class delivery options are based on the same course material content, and students who undertake face-to-face classes will access our online tool Moodle to download their course materials.

Course materials

The course materials are the starting point of your weekly studies. MBA (Medical Technology & Pharmaceuticals) course materials are divided into 12 units, one per each teaching week, and include the core concepts, activities for reflection, set readings, reference lists of further readings and detailed information regarding assessment.

It is expected that all participants will have read the week's unit prior to attending class or participating in online class discussion. Course materials are available in three different formats:

  • A PDF via Moodle 4 weeks prior to the commencement of class (typically in the week enrolments close)
  • Approximately one week before classes commence, course materials are available in separate units and you should expect to receive an email from your facilitator in this period
  • For those who prefer a hardcopy, the printed course materials may be purchased from the UNSW Bookshop at cost price plus delivery

Other materials

Many courses also have prescribed textbooks which may be ordered online from the UNSW Bookshop. All participants have access to the vast online resources of the UNSW library, and borrowing rights at your local academic library can usually be arranged.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
8625
Award
MBA (Specialised)
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Study Mode
Face to face
Online
Duration
2-6 years part-time
Commencing terms

Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September

Course fee*
$4,980
Program fee (total)*
$53,460 - $65,340
* Fees are indicative only

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