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.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are major public health concerns, with millions of adults and children becoming infected each year. Effective prevention, diagnosis, management and surveillance of HIV and STIs require a thorough understanding of issues such as microbiology, immunology, diagnostics, therapeutics, harm reduction strategies and program delivery.

This course provides comprehensive, evidence-based, inter-professional and research-intensive learning experiences that meets the needs of Australian and international students working in a range of disciplines related to HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. It also creates opportunities to seamlessly transition to research candidature.

This is one of the only programs offered in Australia for people who want to specialise in HIV, STIs and Sexual health.

Core units of study provide professionals with foundational competence in medicine, nursing, laboratory, counselling and public health streams. An additional wide range of electives creates opportunities for candidates to explore related areas of interest.

Course outline

The Master/MPhil 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 MPhil

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This is one of the only master’s programs offered in Australia for people who want to specialise in HIV, STIs and sexual health.

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.

Course accreditation

Several of the units of study are recognised as providing training for the sexual health curriculum of the Royal Australasian College of Medicine. Students completing the counselling stream are eligible to apply for professional accreditation with Sexology Australia and the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists.

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 (stream) 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.

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).

The double degree is only available to AusAID 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 school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. Domestic applicants should apply for admission to KC097 Master of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health and KC083 Master of Philosophy.

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.