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.

This innovative program has been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine. It is the first such course to be offered in Australasia.

A broad range of subjects relevant to the practice of critical care are available and include the basic sciences (in preparation for College examinations) retrieval medicine, pain medicine, clinical neurophysiology and clinical reasoning and communication. In addition, you will gain insights and understanding into the key research that informs this area of practice.

The program has been designed to help you become a well-rounded, analytical and successful clinician. It will assist you in passing the entry examinations of the relevant colleges, fulfilling their research requirements, and will provide you with research opportunities.

The critical care program has been designed to connect you with clinical and academic leaders in this field, allowing you to stand out in a competitive profession. The program is designed for working doctors and can be studied part time. It is largely delivered online with some intensive face-to-face teaching sessions.

This course is not currently available to international students.

For more information about the course please visit the Sydney Medical School website.

*Sydney Medical School is ranked number one in Australia in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject.

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 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.

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

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.