MD and Postgraduate (Coursework or Research) Degree

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) with the MD

Sydney Medical School recognises the importance of research in medical careers and strives to facilitate formal research training in the form of higher degrees by research (HDR), i.e. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or PhD, for interested students in the Doctor of Medicine (MD). SMS recognises that there are many opportunities for research training during a career path, including undertaking HDR concurrently with the SMP (MD + HDR).

However, this option is not appropriate for all students. Those interested in concurrent enrolment in the MD and HDR are required to discuss their aspirations with both the Sub-Dean (MD Research), currently Associate Professor Rebekah Jenkin, and the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research), currently Professor Jillian Kril, or their nominees, before submitting an application for concurrent enrolment in HDR and the MD.

For further details please refer to the Faculty rules on undertaking a HDR concurrently with the MD

Medicine and a Master by Coursework

Sydney Medical School offers Medicine students an opportunity to undertake a Master of Public Health (MPH), a Master of International Public Health (MIPH) or a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) (MMed(ClinEpi)) coursework degree in conjunction with the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

The opportunity is available for MD students who have a good academic track record, have a special interest in Public Health or Clinical Epidemiology, and seek a more extended experience in these fields.

The MPH, MIPH and MMed(Clin Epi) can be undertaken on a part-time basis. The MPH and MMed(Clin Epi) can be done entirely on-line, although some electives are only available in face-to-face mode. The MIPH is available only in face-to-face mode at present, with evening classes and short courses/workshops for part-time study.

Students who successfully complete one of these programs will graduate with two degrees in the period taken to complete the MD.