Programme Overview

Ahmedabad University in collaboration with University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management offers a Global Executive MBA degree in Pharmaceutical Management for working professionals in the sector. This customised and rigorous 2 year degree programme aims to empower existing management teams with leadership capabilities to enhance decision making and sharpen execution throughout the pharmaceutical value chain.

The programme is designed to engage pharmaceutical professionals in intense interaction with experienced colleagues and world-class faculty on key issues affecting pharmaceutical and life sciences innovation and drug delivery today. The delivery method of the programme will include Master Classes, Case Studies, Simulations, Collaborative Workshops, One-on-One Coaching and a Capstone Project; designed to enable participants to continually enhance their professional performance while simultaneously sharpening their domain and managerial perspectives.

The unique proposition of this degree programme is its depth of contextualisation in the domains of Biological and Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Manufacturing, Operations, Sales and Marketing functions, all in the backdrop of the regulatory landscape of the pharmaceutical industry.

The programme will be led by distinguished faculty drawn from India and abroad, including the University of California San Diego, specialised in business leadership, management, digital and medical technology, biological and life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The participants of the programme will acquire capabilities in strategic and leadership excellence, aligning R&D and technology levers to commercial operations, building organisational agility for leadership in the pharmaceutical industry over a sustainable horizon.

Successful participants of the programme will be awarded an MBA Degree by Ahmedabad University along with a Certificate by the Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego.

Key Benefits of the Programme

  • Gain deep insight into the competitive dynamics of the pharmaceutical industry and develop sharply defined strategic orientation to drive growth and value creation
  • Understand regulatory landscape including Quality Control, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), deeply
  • Focus on balancing immediate business goals with long-term sustainability for leadership in the pharmaceutical and healthcare space
  • Align and integrate cross functional trade-offs for optimal business impact, by deploying problem solving tools and techniques focused on the industry context
  • Optimise execution skills with in-depth understanding of business analytics, technology and modelling (process & data), documentation, communication, verification and validation requirements and its application in the pharmaceutical value chain
  • Acquire requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to inspire and lead high-performance teams for global market leadership in the pharmaceutical industry

Who Must Attend?

  • Professionals associated with pharmaceutical industry experience of 6–9 years
  • Professionals in Life Sciences and Consultants in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Professionals associated with biotechnology, bioinformatics and health care industries
  • Promoters / Owners of pharmaceutical ventures
  • Pharmacists and medical practitioners

Curriculum Outline

  • Changing Nature of Global Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Technological Developments in Pharmaceuticals
  • Global Drug Regulatory and Legal Environment
  • Economics of Pharmaceuticals
  • Managing Small Molecules, Biologics and Macromolecules Product Development
  • Pharmacotherapy and Diseases
  • Health Outcomes Evidence
  • Ethics
  • Contract Research & Clinical Trials
  • Pre-Clinical and Clinical Regulatory Submissions & Strategy
  • Principles of Cost Effective Analysis in Drug Development and Markets
  • Product Management & Marketing
  • Managed Markets and Supply Chains – Post Marketing Drug Utilization Management
  • Global Intellectual Property Rights: Patent Strategy and Freedom to Operate
  • Partnership Models in Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Lean Operations & Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Leveraged and Inorganic Growth: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Management
  • Data & Statistics
  • Leadership Forum: Building Agility & Adaptive capacity
  • Analytics and Digital Transformation in the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Global Reimbursement and Value Capture Strategies
  • Strategy and R&D Portfolio Management
  • Leadership Forum: Building Decision Making Capabilities and Performance Orientation
  • Risk Management and Business Development

Programme Schedule

Duration2 years

Number of courses27

The programme beginsAutumn 2019

Number of on-campus residencies (R)7

The programme is designed over 7 residencies in Ahmedabad. This will enable participants to continue working while pursuing the programme. The inter-residency sessions will be conducted over digital medium. These sessions will focus on tutorials, one-on-one coaching, project work, discussion forums and master classes.

R1 October – December 2019 9
R2 January – March 2020 7
R3 April – June 2020 7
R4 July – September 2020 7
R5 October – December 2020 7
R6 January – March 2021 7
R7 April – June 2021 9


The Fee is Rs 4.5 Lakhs per year. Female candidates will be provided a discount of 10% on the total fees.

The fee mentioned includes:

Tuition Fees

  • Cost of Material required as part of the course work (Books, Reading materials, cases, etc.)
  • Boarding & Lodging during the residencies
  • Pick Up and Drop Facilities from Hotel to Campus
  • Food expenses for the residency
  • The participants have to make their own travel arrangements. The precise dates for the fee's payment schedule will be announced to the selected applicants with their admission letters.

Select Faculty

Pankaj Chandra

Pankaj Chandra

Vice Chancellor
Ahmedabad University
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Devanath Tirupati

Devanath Tirupati

Amrut Mody School of Management
Ahmedabad University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bibek Banerjee

Bibek Banerjee

Senior Dean
Strategic Initiatives and Planning
Ahmedabad University
Krannert Graduate School
Purdue University
AVK Mohan

AVK Mohan

Executive Education
Ahmedabad University
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Michael Pollock

Michael Pollock

Vice President
Global Market Access
Akcea Therapeutics
Vish Krishnan

Vish Krishnan

Chaired Professor and the Faculty Director of CIID
Rady School of Management
University of California
San Diego
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
William Ettuati

William Ettuati

Industrial Relations & Development
Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California
San Diego
Paris Descartes University
Delbert F. Foit

Delbert F. Foit

Emeritus Professor
Rady School of Management
University of California
San Diego
Rider University
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