Postgrad your way to a business management career in STEM

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Roles in STEM leadership can be truly rewarding as you learn to manage teams. Check out these STEM leadership and business management courses if you want to climb to the top

Keen to brush up on her coding skills, Claire Meyer enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Business Process Management (BPM) at QUT to get the quality learning and experience she needed. But she didn’t stop there, following it up with a Master of Business (Management) course. 

“The Master of Business is to help me take my STEM background – my undergraduate was in engineering – to the management level,” Claire says.

“I’m learning key elements that are worthwhile in my current role and for my career path ahead as a leader in STEM.”

If leading or managing teams is on your list of career goals, postgraduate study options abound, including some that are specifically tailored to specific STEM fields.

For example, at UTS you can do an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) in Leadership and Science. 

The course “combines the study of advanced science and core business principles with specialist subjects in intellectual property and risk management that are taught through a science lens”.

And if an MBA is beyond your reach, there’s also a Graduate Certificate option that you can do fully online.

If health is your sector, then at UNSW you could study a Graduate Certificate or Master of Health leadership and Management.

UNSW says the program “fosters essential skills required for health management and leadership roles including strategic leadership, change management, workforce management, quality enhancement and decision making”.

And if tech and data are important in your current career, RMIT offers an online Master of Data Science Strategy and Leadership.

Many universities in Australia offer general postgraduate courses in management or leadership, and some include change management, like this one from Macquarie University.

If your budget is a little tight, VET is a good alternative. For example, TAFE NSW offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership. In this 6-month course you’ll learn how to manage people, organisations and projects.


Charis Palmer

Author: Charis Palmer

Charis is Managing Editor of Careers with STEM. She has spent her career making complex subjects fun and interesting for general audiences. She’s worked as a reporter, news editor and publisher/founder across science, energy, business/economics/markets and tech for organisations including The Conversation, iTnews, Monash University and Schwartz.


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