Master of Health Security

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

New for 2016, this degree is designed 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
− School of Nursing
− School of Public Health
− Sydney Law School
− University of Sydney Business School


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 the local to global level. 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.

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, 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 2015 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 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, 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.

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