Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Medicine

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

For the most up to date information on the revised Paediatric Medicine programs in 2015, please visit the Sydney Medical School website, as the below information is out date and may be incorrect. We apologise for any confusion and inconvenience.






The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Medicine provides an introduction to the latest practical and theoretical knowledge of paediatric medicine and is delivered online, allowing flexible integration of your studies with your professional and personal life. Practical topics taught in this course are delivered in a case-based interactive online format by expert clinicians.

The course comprises units of study focusing on recent advances and controversial or novel topics. Each unit consists of a combination of case-based interactive clinical scenarios, weekly discussion forums and self-directed learning. Complementing the online delivery, active discussion among students and course conveners is the key to the learning process in this course.

The Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Medicine is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Paediatric Medicine). The master's degree builds on concepts learned during the graduate diploma and graduate certificate and provides additional training in research methodology. You may choose to complete the graduate diploma or use it as a pathway into the master’s degree in this discipline.

Course outline

Study plan


The Sydney Doctor of Medicine Program is undertaken full-time over four years. First year (known as Stage 1 of the program) and the second year (Stage 2) consist of clinical problems presented in tutorials in which concepts of health and disease are related to the basic biomedical sciences. This ensures that the knowledge and problem-solving abilities which underpin medical practice have a strong scientific foundation. From the second week of Stage 1 students have patient contact in the various clinical schools at Westmead Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Concord Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Dubbo Hospital. Clinical training is undertaken at large urban hospitals and smaller rural hospitals affording a balanced view of urban and rural health care and their differences. Across the hospitals a huge range of specialisations are catered for, with paediatrics and its subspecialties being the focus of the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Research methodology is introduced in year 1, with students developing a research plan by the end of year 2. The research project culminates in a written report or an article suitable for publication by the end of year 4.
While practical clinical experience forms the basis for all learning in the latter two years of the Sydney Medical Program, it is accompanied by a structured teaching program. The balance between clerkship-based activities and scheduled sessions varies. In general, formal teaching sessions reduce in number and frequency as students move throughout years 3 and 4 of Stage 3 and are essentially withdrawn in the pre-internship block.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The course is designed to provide qualified clinicians with advanced knowledge and up-to-date skills in paediatrics. The course is developed by clinical leaders in each discipline and the curriculum reflects many key aspects of trainee specialist knowledge.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Medicine will hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on June 14. Please note that late applications will be considered.

International students

How to apply

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

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Medicine.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Paediatric 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 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.