Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)

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

The only course of its kind in Australasia, the Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) is an innovative degree that has been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

As a critical care medicine student, you will learn from leading clinicians and academics from our teaching hospitals and the University as you develop the skills to become a well-rounded, knowledgeable and analytical clinician. Designed for busy working doctors, this one-year degree can be taken wholly online, with some units including intensive face-to-face teaching.

Coursework is provided in anatomy, pathology, physiology and pharmacology to help you prepare for the college barrier examinations, such as those offered by ANZCA, ACEM and CICM. The structure of this degree also allows you to tailor your study to your area of interest. For example, in emergency medicine, you can develop your knowledge and skills in retrieval medicine and clinical decision making. In anaesthetics and intensive care medicine, you can pursue highly coveted expertise in neuromonitoring and pain management.

The Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in emergency medicine, anaesthetics or intensive care medicine. This degree will also help you fulfil college training requirements, such as for the Scholar Role for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the research requirements for the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

Course outline

The Master requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of compulsory units of study;
  • 24 credit points of stream-specific units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components.

Unit of Study Information

Embedded courses

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in emergency medicine, anaesthetics or intensive care medicine.

Course accreditation

Information about the Master Medicine ( Critical Care) received from the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine (ACEM), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM):

The following units of study have been approved for the purpose of fulfilling the Trainee Research Requirement:
CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care
PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics. This unit can be undertaken as a general elective for the completion of the Graduate Diploma or Master Medicine (Critical Care Medicine).

Please note that ANZCA have recently announced changes to the Scholar Role.

The Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) and the Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) satisfy the requirements for Scholar Role B provided that the compulsory unit, CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and the capstone unit, CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care have been completed. Pre-approval must be sought but will be granted automatically for these courses.

Successful completion of the Master Medicine (Advanced)(Critical Care Medicine) option would also satisfy the requirements, provided that the work produced was accepted for publication.

However, any trainees who have not applied for an option B activity by the start of the 2017 HEY, but would like to, must apply to the Scholar Role Sub-Committee by March 31, 2017, otherwise trainees must complete option A of the scholar role activities as detailed on the College web site.

The Advanced option of the Master Medicine (Critical Care) may be undertaken to fulfill the requirements of the Formal Project.

Further study

Graduates may be eligible to enrol in the Master (Advanced) course.

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.

The Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. The 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 requirements

Admission to the Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

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 Handbooks Online 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 and assessed by the Faculty.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

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.