Master of Health Security

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

This degree aims to train a new generation of professionals, policymakers, government officials and security sector personnel to manage complex health events and their wider social and economic consequences.

The course is an intellectually rigorous and flexible multidisciplinary program of study and research in the field of health security.

Based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, you can tailor your tertiary experience by drawing upon the expertise of a number of schools and faculties at the University of Sydney, including:

- Faculty of Veterinary Science
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
- School of Social and Political Science
- Sydney Medical School
- Sydney Nursing School
- School of Public Health
- Sydney Law School
- University of Sydney Business School

Why study with us?
Informed by the work of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity at the University of Sydney, the course addresses the challenge of responding to adverse health events from local to global levels.

It covers:

- emerging diseases (animal, plant and human)
- laboratory safety and regulation (biosafety)
- biodefence
- quarantine and border control
- agriculture
- synthetic biology.

This program works closely with the Marie Bashir Institute , which is committed to meeting the challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, click here.

Study plan

Candidates for the Master of Health Security are required to complete 16 units of study (96 credit points) (cp) including:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a minimum of 36 credit points of core elective units of study, including a specialisation; and

(c) a maximum of 30 credit points of elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree

Coordinator, a maximum of 6 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Health Security subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties and;

(d) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Specialisations

What is a specialisation?

Students will select one of three specialisations within the Master of Health Security.
- Human and Animal Health
- Biodefense and Biosafety
- Agrosecurity (animal and agriculture biosecurity)

Optional specialisations

Embedded courses

Further course information

Capstone experience

The Master of Health Security also provides you with an opportunity to gain advanced training to support career advancement as well as research options that provide a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in fields such as security studies, international relations, public health, veterinary health, and agriculture.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This degree provides a pathway and career development opportunities for a number of professions including public health, agriculture, veterinary science, customs, border protection and quarantine services, government policy-making, defence analysis, intelligence services, and scientists working with security sensitive biological agents.

Further study

Research Track (Optional)
For students wishing to undertake further research by higher degree (e.g. PhD) at the conclusion of the MHlthSec, they are encouraged to complete a minimum of 12 credit points from any of the following units of study:

Human and Animal Health
- Public Health Capstone
- Special Project in Public Health
- Research Paper A
- Research Paper B

Biodefence and biosafety
- Research Essay I
- Research Essay II
- Dissertation Part I
- Dissertation Part II

Agrosecurity
- Research Project A
- Research Review
- Research Proposal and Approach
- Research Paper

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Health Security will hold:

- a bachelor’s degree with a credit (65%) average from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

- completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Health Security with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification

To be applicable for the 12 or 18-month degree, qualifications (such as previous degrees, work experience, etc.) must be reviewed by the Degree Coordinator.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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