Why study the Graduate Certificate in Medical Science Innovation with UTS Online?

The first Australian postgraduate course of its kind that explores pivotal technologies and innovation in medical science

A curriculum co-designed with Australian industry experts for real-world application

Comprehensive course content to prepare you to shape the future of human health

100% online with support from enrolment through to graduation

Who is this course for?

The UTS Online Graduate Certificate in Medical Science Innovation is designed for professionals who are passionate about research and improving patient care. You might be looking to:

  • Gain fundamental knowledge of medical technology.
  • Learn how to stay at the leading edge of advancements in medical technology and innovation.
  • Broaden your skillset to open up new career opportunities.
  • Develop the ability to confidently use big data in the field of medical science.
  • Be at the forefront of medical innovation and enhance your analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Study 100% online and flexibly around your work and life commitments.

Learning outcomes

Concepts relevant to a future-focused healthcare workforce 
Develop a critical understanding of the effects of economic, political, social, and environmental factors and structures on organisation performance and the functioning of health systems.​ 

Medical technology 
Research and critically appraise medical technology solutions and advancements through real-life case studies.​ 

Science advocacy 
Identify and advocate opportunities for organisations to optimise outcomes through medical technology advancement.​ 

Explore precision medicine
Critically analyse new innovations, existing limitations and challenges in precision medicine.​ 

Effective data management
Explore methods of analysing and managing big data, and the critical challenges for the field of science within the context of Industry 4.0. ​ 

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What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Medical Science Innovation comprises 5 online subjects (24 credit points [CP] in total). 


Complete the following 5 subjects (24CP):

Precision Medicine (6CP)

Precision medicine is at the forefront of Medical Science innovation and individualised health care improvements, taking into account individual variabilities in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. In this subject, the current context and overall clinical utility of precision medicine are explored. The latest advances in Science which feed into precision medicine - including ‘omics’, customised therapies, molecular profiling, cellular and biologic interventions - are investigated through the lens of real-world cases to ensure students are aware of the very latest innovations in the sector as well as the current challenges and limitations. Sector-wide progress and medical needs for the future of precision medicine are examined in the contexts of prevention, diagnosis, intervention, therapy, and prognosis for the individual.

Innovations in Medical Technology (6CP)

Medical technology saves lives and improves quality of life by detecting diseases earlier and providing more effective treatment options for patients and the healthcare system. This subject explores how successful advances in technology not only improves access, but also better meet the needs of patients, healthcare providers, and medical scientists alike.

Innovative technologies can replace, repair, and sustain failing body functions, while telemedicine and connected devices allow remote monitoring of patient’s conditions. This includes gene therapies and editing, implantable devices, non-invasive medical technologies, AI in the field of diagnostics, robotics, and process automation.

Through insights from global medical science innovators and real-world case studies, students explore a wide range of important technological advances emerging from this dynamic and progressive field of science.

Science and Big Data (6 CP) 

Data is everywhere and part of our daily lives in more ways than most realise. The amount of digital data that exists is growing exponentially; according to estimates, global creation of data will top 180 zettabytes by 2025. Big data promises to revolutionise the production of knowledge within and beyond science, by enabling novel and highly efficient ways to plan, conduct, disseminate and assess research. Innovative research that leverages big data can dramatically advance the fields of science but can also raise new ethical challenges for managers.

This subject explores issues around the analysis and management of big data. Students learn basic data analysis using both graphical and statistical techniques. Also explored are issues relating to privacy and the ethical management of big data sets, for example in the context of personal health, ecology and sustainability. The course also introduces students to questions of sovereignty and informed consent as relating to areas concerning Indigenous Australians.

Global Health Systems (3 CP)

This subject provides a critical understanding of the effect of economic, political, social and environmental factors and structures on the organisation and performance of health systems. Students develop an appreciation of health systems in different societies and the roles of different organisations and institutions that affect global health policy. Case studies from high-, low- and middle-income countries are used to illustrate the challenges health systems face on national, regional and global scales. Students identify and critically examine the role of public health in global health systems, and how public health research and practice can be used to inform and engage with a variety of stakeholders to strengthen health systems.

Planetary Health (3CP)

Human activity is rapidly changing the structure and function of the Earth’s natural systems in a way that presents significant risks to human health. Disruption to the ecosystems on which human health depends includes biodiversity loss, climate change, fresh water depletion, deforestation, and urban development. The public health community is inadequately prepared to address the challenges of a rapidly changing environment and the significant impacts on human health. These health impacts include increases in heat related deaths, infectious disease, malnutrition, psychological distress and trauma, and pollution related illnesses. These health impacts are amplified in disadvantaged communities that are less able to adapt to environmental challenges. Planetary health builds on ecological public health principles broadening the definition of health to include human civilisation, recognising that human health is dependent on the health of the environment on which it depends.

This subject introduces students to the concept of planetary health and related research, policy and practice issues. Students consider the challenges and opportunities for public and population health from a planetary health perspective at both a global and local level. Students also examine the need for public health professionals to use knowledge, technology and policy in novel ways to address environmental and health challenges that are characterised by surprise and uncertainty.

*Note: Most subjects at UTS are worth 6 CP but this can vary across courses.

A pathway to a Master of Medical Science Leadership

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Medical Science Innovation, students will have the opportunity to progress to the Master of Medical Science Leadership

  • Graduate
  • Masters

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Upcoming intakes

UTS Online courses have six intakes per year.
The diagram below shows all upcoming intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.

Course information

Entry requirements

  • Completion of a UTS-recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a medical, biotechnology, biomedical, pharmacology, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, nursing, or biomedical engineering field.
  • See here the full defined list of acceptable Fields of Education
    • Audiology
    • Biochemical and cell biology
    • Biological sciences, n.e.c
    • Biological sciences
    • Biomedical engineering
    • Chemical sciences
    • Food science and biotechnology
    • Forensic science
    • General medicine
    • Genetics
    • Human biology
    • Laboratory technology
    • Mathematical sciences
    • Medical science
    • Microbiology
    • Nursing
    • Occupational therapy
    • Optical science
    • Other health
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Pharmacy
    • Physics
    • Physiotherapy
    • Public health
    • Radiography
    • Radiology
    • Speech pathology
    • Psychology


  • A minimum of three (3) years professional work experience*


Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. 

* Relevant work experience is defined at ANZSCO skill level 1 – bachelor’s degree or higher) and is demonstrated through a CV or a Statement of Service outlining work experience and the dates of employment and position(s) held within the organization, demonstrating extensive work as a manager or professional, and the applicant’s ability to critically appraise their work.


English language requirements

English language requirements apply to both international and domestic students. Please refer to the UTS English language requirements for further information on how to satisfy the requirements for the course/s.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.5; or TOEFL: internet-based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 24; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 overall with a writing score of 58; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 overall with a writing score of 176.  

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

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To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

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Career outcomes

Studying UTS Online’s Graduate Certificate in Medical Science Innovation may lead to roles such as:

  • Clinical Operations Manager
  • Clinical Trials Administrator
  • Medical Advisor
  • Medical Science Liaison
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medical Technology Consultant
  • MedTech Advisor
  • Product Development Manager
  • Quality, Compliance and Innovation Partner
  • Scientific Consultant
  • Technology and Innovation Manager

Graduate Diploma
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

Master of Medical Science Leadership
All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 4 core subjects, plus 18 CPs from a range of elective subjects

Meet our Course Director

“The opportunity to develop new leadership skills that can be applied to medical science, and to acquire deep knowledge of cutting-edge innovation in this field, will benefit professionals wanting to make their mark in the medical science sector. We look forward to welcoming you.”

Dr Robyn Dalziell
Program Director, Master of Medical Science Leadership