Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) and Master of Philosophy

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

The Master of Medicine and Master of Philosophy double degree is a coursework Master degree combined with a Master degree in research. This double degree allows you to further your research skills after completing Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) coursework component. It provides comprehensive, evidence-based, inter-professional and research-intensive learning experiences that meet the needs of students working in a range of disciplines related to HIV, STIs and Sexual Health.

The coursework component of the Postgraduate Program in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health provides a comprehensive, evidence-based, inter-professional and research-informed learning experience that meets the needs of Australian and international students working in a range of disciplines related to HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. This unique Program enables students to specialise in one of five Pathways: Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Counselling (Sexology/Sex Therapy), Laboratory, and Public Health. This Program is of interest to a range of students, from those who already work in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health / Sexology, as well as those who want to develop expertise in the field.


Units of study provide professionals with foundational competence in medicine, nursing, laboratory, sexual health counselling/sex therapy and public health Pathways. An additional wide range of electives creates opportunities for candidates to further explore related areas of interest. In addition, the inter-professional structure encourages students to develop effective multidisciplinary collaborative approaches and prepares them for work in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Our Postgraduate Program in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health is designed to improve knowledge and skills in sexual health and apply these in practice in their respective professional domains.

You must complete the coursework component with a satisfactory result, before progressing to the research component under the guidance of an allocated supervisor. Please note that the double degree program is only available for International Australia Awards students. Domestic students can apply to undertake the two separate degrees ie the Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) plus a Master of Philosophy (RMPHLMED1000).

Course outline

See unit of study information on faculty handbook

The Master/Master of Philosophy requires the successful completion of 96 credit points of units of study including:
  • 48 credit points of study as required for the Master; and
  • 48 credit points of study as required for the Master of Philosophy

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This is one of the only programs offered in Australia for people who want to specialise in HIV, STIs and sexual health along with a research higher degree. The course provides a sound basis of knowledge for those in a wide range of sexual health related professions. Graduates will be capable of performing professionally at a high level of competence in their selected pathway of learning.

Core units of study provide professionals with foundational competence in their selected pathway (medicine, nursing, laboratory, counselling or public health). An additional wide range of electives creates opportunities for candidates to explore related areas of interest. Furthermore, the cross-professional structure encourages candidates to develop effective multidisciplinary collaborative approaches and prepares them for work in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Research higher degree component is completed following the coursework component. Our courses are aimed both at recent graduates who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree, and at professionals who wish to update their knowledge in this rapidly evolving field or who wish to specialise in this field.

Our program leads students to a range of professions in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. Careers in this field include working as a medical practitioner with sexual health expertise, work in health education / promotion, sexual health / women’s health nurse, as a sexual health counsellor, sexologist / sex therapist, HIV / STI researcher or laboratory scientist.

Course accreditation

Components of the degree count towards formal study requirements for the Advanced Training of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Completing the Master’s in the Sexual Health Counselling/Sex Therapy Pathway meets the sexological education and training requirements for professional accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), ASSERT NSW and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Further study

Graduates may be eligible to continue their studies in the Master of Philosophy course.

Admission

Admission requirements

This double degree is only available to international students and places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have qualifications, evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Domestic applicants should apply for admission to Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) and/or Master of Philosophy.

Admission to the Master of Medicine/Master of Philosophy requires:
(a) a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification
(b) Admission to candidature will be conditional upon the appointment of an appropriate supervisor and associate supervisor.

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

This course is not available for domestic students

International students

How to apply

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

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 https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

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: 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

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, MasterCard or American Express. 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.