Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health (Nursing) and Master of Philosophy

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

This double degree is only available to AusAID students and places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. Domestic and International non-AusAID applicants should apply for admission to KC097 Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health and KC083 Master of Philosophy

Units of study

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

To qualify for award of the double degree, students complete coursework and clinical or laboratory assignments equivalent to 48 credit points (cp) to qualify for the award of the Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health in one of the following streams:
- Clinical medicine
- Nursing
- Counselling
- Laboratory
- Public Health
and fulfil the requirements for award of the Masters of Philosophy and enrol in 48cp of research units of study.

The Nursing Stream or pathway provides advanced education in STIs and HIV for graduates in nursing and focuses on clinical, diagnostic, public health, social and program related aspects. The students also have an opportunity to choose elective subjects from a variety of related topics such as counseling, contraception and reproductive health, adult sexual assault, sex education or public health. This stream is suitable for nursing graduates interested in pursuing a career in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health or nursing professionals who deal with HIV, STIs and Sexual Health issues as a part of their professional work and wish to gain greater knowledge and understanding in these areas. These include those currently working in Sexual Health Clinics, Family Planning Clinics, Women’s Health and associated specialties elsewhere.

Progression rules

Before progressing to the Master of Philosophy, candidates must:
(a) complete the requirements of the Master of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health with an average mark of at least 65 per cent;
(b) successfully complete the additional core units of study for the double degree;
(c) submit a research proposal which will detail a course of advanced study and research;
and
(d) gain approval from the Course Coordinator.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The course provides a sound basis of knowledge for those in a wide range of sexual health related professions. Graduates will be capable of performing professionally at a high level of competence in their selected pathway of learning.

Further study

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Admission

Admission requirements

(1) This double degree is only available to AusAID students and places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have qualifications, evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to
successfully undertake the award.
(2) Admission to the Master of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health/Master of Philosophy requires:
a master's degree;
or
a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor from Surgery of the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification;
or
A bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification;
or
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and a minimum of 12 months research or work experience in the field or pass a preliminary examinations(s) as prescribed by the faculty.
(3) Admission to candidature will be conditional upon the appointment of an appropriate supervisor and associate supervisor.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Domestic applicants should apply for admission to the Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health and Master of Philosophy separately.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (a) directly to the University, or (b) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

The double degree is only available to AusAID students and places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. Domestic applicants should apply for admission to KC097 Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health and KC083 Master of Philosophy.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health (Nursing) and Master of Philosophy.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health (Nursing) and Master of Philosophy.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.