Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Sleep medicine has evolved into a new specialty with relevance across a number of fields, including respiratory medicine, cardiology, neurology, surgery, dentistry, paediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and nursing, with wider implications for health sciences and public health.
The program aims to provide comprehensive information on the theory and practice of sleep medicine through distance education; the courses provide training in clinical, theoretical and research techniques in sleep medicine and help to establish criteria for best practice in the field. These courses are suitable for those already working in the area of sleep medicine, or for those wishing to undertake a career change. The courses provide a firm basis for vocational training in this discipline.
The Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine) is designed for professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine, or for graduates wishing to embark on a career in the field. The course offers a unique opportunity to gain a deeper insight into this rapidly growing discipline of sleep medicine. This course is taught predominantly online and contains both coursework and research study.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- SLEE5001 - Introductory Sleep Science
- SLEE5002 - History of Sleep Research
- SLEE5003 - Introduction to Sleep Disorders
- SLEE5005 - Research & Literature Searching in Sleep
- SLEE5006 - Physiology of Sleep
- SLEE5007 - Chronobiology
- SLEE5008 - Sleep and Breathing I
- SLEE5009 - Sleep and the Endocrine System
- SLEE5010 - Neuropharmacology of Sleep I
- SLEE5011 - Sleep and the Mind I
- SLEE5012 - Practicum I
- SLEE5013 - Non-Respiratory Sleep Disorders
- SLEE5014 - Sleep and Breathing II
- SLEE5015 - Neuropharmacology of Sleep II
- SLEE5016 - Sleep and the Mind II
- SLEE5017 - Sleep and Body Function
- SLEE5019 - Sleep in Development (Child)
- SLEE5020 - Sleep and Breathing III
- SLEE5021 - Neuropharmacology of Sleep III
- SLEE5023 - Sleep in Development (Adult)
- SLEE5024 - Practicum II
- SLEE5025 - Treatise
- SLEE5027 - Treatise A
- SLEE5028 - Treatise B
Further course information
The Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine) consists of 48 credit points (cp) which may be completed part-time.
For the Practicums, students have the option of attending a one-week residential program. The practicum introduces you to the technical aspects of sleep medicine and is the time during which students will have the opportunity to discuss the research project that they will complete. It is also an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable practical experience in sleep medicine. The residential school is recommended but is not an essential component of the course. Assessment is by formal examination (which is administered via the Internet), assignments and presentations.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the school to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
Master's students will complete an additional three units of study (12 credit points) which focus on research skills and the practical components of sleep medicine.
Course outcomes and further study
The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career within the general field of sleep medicine, or for professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine.
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.
Other study options
Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.
Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/courses/short-courses.php
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine) will:
(a) hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
Experience in the field of sleep medicine is an advantage.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine).
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 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.
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.