Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine)

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

Designed for professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine, or for clinical graduates wishing to develop expertise in the field, the Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine) provides up-to‑date knowledge of theory and practice. The program is delivered online and provides training in clinical, theoretical and research techniques.

The importance of sleep in maintaining good health and longevity is well recognised. Sleep medicine is a sub-specialty that impacts a number of fields, including respiratory medicine, cardiology, neurology, paediatrics, dentistry and psychology.

Restructured and revised in 2016, this course provides advanced postgraduate training for those pursuing a career in sleep medicine, or for professionals already working in the field. This program develops an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of sleep medicine. You will learn from internationally recognised clinicians, academics and researchers who have had a major impact on the advancement of research and treatment of sleep disorders.

For more than 20 years this program has been training domestic and international clinicians from diverse professional backgrounds, including physicians, medical registrars, dentists, scientists, nurses and psychologists. This course is suitable for graduates with either a medical degree or a background in a relevant health science discipline who have experience in sleep medicine.

Embedded courses

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career within the general field of sleep medicine, or for professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine.

Further study

After completing at least 24 credit points of study with an average weighted mark of at least 75%, students are able to upgrade to the Master of Medicine (Advanced)(Sleep Medicine).

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy. 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.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Medicine (Sleep 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.

International students

How to apply

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

As this is a distance course, this does not qualify for ESOS student visa. International students must be based offshore or have alternative visa arrangements.

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

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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.