Master of Philosophy

(MPhil) KC083 or RMPHLMED1000

Course Duration full-time Duration part-time
MPhil 1 to 2 years 2 to 4 years
Overview

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is aimed at those who intend to pursue careers in medical or health research or who wish to upgrade their qualifications to give them a competitive edge in their employment by demonstrating superior ability and some research experience. It may also be used as a stepping stone to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The MPhil is a research degree in which students undertake supervised research leading to the production of a thesis.

MPhil students are required to complete one six credit point unit of study, MEDF5005 Research Methods and Ethics, early in their candidature to provide them with guidance on areas relating to research such as writing papers and theses, reading and critiquing technical papers and writing literature reviews. Otherwise, MPhil students are not normally required to attend classes or undertake coursework units of study, with the thesis being the major examinable assessment requirement for the degree.

Major research areas include: anaesthesia, anatomy and histology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and hepatology, general practice, geriatric medicine, haematology, infection and immunity, medical education, medical genetics, neurology, nuclear medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, clinical ophthalmology and eye health, paediatrics and child health, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychological medicine, public health, rehabilitation medicine, renal medicine, respiratory medicine, rheumatology and surgery.

Degree resolutions

Sydney Medical School resolutions and the printed handbook are the official statement of faculty policy. The resolutions contained in the printed handbook are accurate as at November 2014. If a conflict is perceived between the content of the printed handbook and information available elsewhere, Sydney Medical School resolutions and the information available in the handbook online shall always take precedence. See the handbook online website:
sydney.edu.au/handbooks/medicine/
See the Policy Online website: sydney.edu.au/policy, for copies of University policies.

 

Master of Medicine/Master of Philosophy

Master of Science in Medicine/Master of Philosophy


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2010 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended)and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

MAMEDPHL-01

Master of Medicine/Master of Philosophy

MASCMPHL-01

Master of Science in Medicine/Master of Philosophy

 


 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

 

3 Master's type

The master's degrees in these resolutions are professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

 

4 Streams

(1)
the Master of Medicine and Master of Science in Medicine are available in the following streams:
(a)
Critical Care Medicine
(b)
HIV, STIs and Sexual health
(2)
Candidates may transfer between streams with approval from stream Head of Discipline.
(3)
All of the degrees within this course shall be awarded in the stream in which the candidate enrols. The testamur for the degree shall specify the stream.

 

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
These double degrees are 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) or Master of Science in Medicine (stream) and/or Master of Philosophy.
(2)
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.
(3)
Admission to the Master of Science in Medicine/Master of Philosophy requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
A pass bachelor's degree in a health discipline or an equivalent qualification. Applicants must have completed work equivalent to a first or second class honours bachelor's degree or pass a preliminary examination(s) as prescribed by the Faculty.
(c)
Admission to candidature will be conditional upon the appointment of an appropriate supervisor and associate supervisor.

 

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the courses are set out in Stream specific Table of Units of Study.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the double degree, candidates must:
(a)
fulfil the requirements for the award of the Master of Medicine or Master of Science in Medicine; and
(b)
fulfil the requirements for award of the Master of Philosophy and enrol in a minimum of 48 credit points of research units of study. The requirement to undertake a 6 credit point Research Methods unit of study in the Master of Philosophy will be waived for candidates in the double degree.

 

7 Course Transfer

(1)
Once a candidate of the Master of Medicine/Master of Philosophy, or Master of Science in Medicine Master of Philosophy, has successfully completed the coursework requirements the candidate may abandon the double degree and elect to be awarded the single degree of Master of Medicine or Master of Science in Medicine in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree.
(2)
Once a candidate of the Master of Medicine/Master of Philosophy, or Master of Science in Medicine Master of Philosophy, has successfully completed the coursework requirements the candidate may abandon the double degree and may apply to transfer to the Doctor of Philosophy with credit.

 

8 Transitional Provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2015 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2015 who formally elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2015 will complete the requirements for their candidature in accordance with the resolutions and course rules in force at the time of their commencement, provided that those requirements are completed by 1 January 2017. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.

Table of units of study: Master of Philosophy

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session
MEDF5005
Health Research Methods and Ethics
6      Semester 1

Units of study descriptions

MEDF5005 Health Research Methods and Ethics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Timothy Schlub Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x compulsory in person interactive full day workshops, 4x optional in person 3hr tutorials, 5x online lectures and discussions, 2x online elective module readings Assessment: Study design and ethics assignment (40%), statistics assignment (50%),online self-study elective task (10%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit of study introduces students to the fundamental skills that are required for postgraduate research in medicine and health. Students will learn how to conduct research that is scientifically and ethically sound, and be able to critically appraise and review literature. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of common study designs and develop simple but important statistical analysis skills, including how to present and interpret data, basic data management skills, and how to determine the required sample size for a study. Obtaining ethics approval is necessary for any study involving the collection or analysis of data involving humans, animals or their tissues. Hence, this unit will also cover ethics in research and when and how to apply for ethics approval. These fundamental skills promote a scholarly attitude towards knowledge and understanding, and are essential for engagement with the research community.