The first postgraduate course of its kind that combines leadership development with innovation in a medical science context
Co-designed with Australian industry experts for real-world application
100% online with support from enrolment through to graduation
Australia's #1 young university, delivering innovative science and leadership education
The UTS Online Graduate Certificate in Science Leadership is designed for professionals wanting to upskill and build effective leadership skills and enterprise acumen that can be applied in the science sector. You might be looking to:
- Expand your career opportunities in the medical industry.
- Hone your leadership skills so you can empower teams to achieve their full potential, making informed decisions and developing effective strategies to help organisations thrive.
- Broaden your skillset in business and medical science that can be leveraged across industry, government and other sectors.
- Have the business expertise to become a cross functional collaborator and achieve organisational goals.
- Explore methods of analysing and managing big data for the field of medical science to understand and improve processes.
- Study 100% online and flexibly around your work and life commitments.
Evaluate the impact of public policies on the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Understand the customer and the value they add to an organisation, and how an organisation can benefit a customer.
Professional, ethical and social responsibility
Engage in professional leadership practices that adhere to health and safety requirements, ethical conduct, risk management, and organisational, governance or regulatory requirements in the context of medical science.
Communication skills and self-reflection
Develop relational and practical communication skills. Build self-awareness of your leadership strategies and style.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and connection with country
Exhibit cultural sensitivity when working effectively with and for Indigenous Australians in a medical science context.
To learn more about how these learning outcomes can help you advance your career, get in touch with our Student Enrolment Advisors.
The Graduate Certificate in Science Leadership comprises 5 online subjects (24 credit points [CP] in total).
Complete the following 5 subjects (24CP):
Public policy in the form of laws, regulations, and guidelines has a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals. As with any decision-making process in the public sphere, the formulation of public policies is complex and depends on a variety of scientific, economic, social, and political forces.
This subject develops students’ critical understanding of the theories and practices behind developing some of the most influential evidence-based science policies, from climate change mitigation to population-level vaccination initiatives.
This subject also provides an overview of the regulatory frameworks and governing bodies which influence the field of science and are relied on in Australian and global contexts.
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.
In this subject students explore the complexity of management, considering three interrelated issues: how to organise collaborative efforts; how to lead responsibly, enabling individuals and organizations to flourish; and how to cope with change, both planned and emergent. Using an experiential approach, students are asked to reflect on their experiences as members of organisations, and to use theories, ideas and diagnostic tools from management studies to expand their capacity to assess situations, consider alternatives and make managerial decisions. Moreover, students are invited to experiment with new ways of working and managing, and to reflect on what they have learnt in the process.
The subject includes a structured learning journey, alongside a repository of ideas in form of readings, lectures, interactive simulations, analytical tools, etcetera. Students are also able to use this repository of knowledge as a 'tool box' from which they can draw different resources, depending on their specific interests and needs. Reflecting UTS philosophy as a public university serving collective wellbeing, the subject also aims to prepare MBA students to be agents of global citizenship, promoting social justice and respect for diversity.
This subject helps students understand the customer and the value they add to an organisation as well as how an organisation can benefit a customer. The subject introduces theories and techniques of marketing in the context of various marketing decision-making environments. Students explore the nature and role of digital and social marketing for generating customer value as well as segmentation to determine a customer's lifetime value to an organisation. Topics in the subject are reinforced using marketplace data and analysis to measure and estimate the effects of an organisation's marketing effort.
All managers must have a basic understanding of financial management concepts, capital markets and instruments, as well as the trade-offs between financial risk versus gain. This subject provides students with the understanding of the latest tools and techniques in financial management. The main goal of the subject is to prepare students for responsible and sustainable leadership using the financial management perspective. This subject develops a framework around financial analysis and modelling, as well as business, risk, and investment evaluation by focusing on four main areas:
- the assessment of an organisation’s financial health
- the planning of the organisation’s future financial performance
- the financing of the organisation’s operations, and
- the evaluation of business and investment opportunities for the organisation.
Emphasis is placed on the application of tools and techniques to real world problems in financial management to enable students to solve related problems in their place of work.
*Note: Most subjects at UTS are worth 6 CP but this can vary across courses.
UTS Online courses have six intakes per year.
The diagram below shows all upcoming intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.
- 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.
- Biochemical and cell biology
- Biological sciences, n.e.c
- Biological sciences
- Biomedical engineering
- Chemical sciences
- Food science and biotechnology
- Forensic science
- General medicine
- Human biology
- Laboratory technology
- Mathematical sciences
- Medical science
- Occupational therapy
- Optical science
- Other health
- Public health
- Speech pathology
- A minimum of three (3) years professional work experience*
- Completion of any of the two graduate certificates in this suite (Graduate Certificate in Medical Science Innovation or Graduate Certificate in Public Engagement in Medical Science).
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.
Local applicants with international qualifications must satisfy English language requirements with an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 and a writing score of 6.5.
For applicants without an Academic IELTS score, refer to the UTS Register of English Language Requirements Proficiency for other methods of satisfying the English Language requirements for the course(s).
For more information, schedule a 15-minute call with a Student Enrolment Advisor.
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.
To check your eligibility, feel free to speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.
Studying UTS Online’s Graduate Certificate in Science Leadership may lead to roles such as:
- Academic Research Team Leader
- Clinical Operations Manager
- Data Officer and Manager
- IP and Commercialisation Officer
- Laboratory Team Leader
- Lead Scientist
- Policy Advisor
- Principal Investigator
- Project Manager
- Regulatory Affairs Officer
- Science Liaison
- Scientific Advisor
- Scientific Regulatory Consultant