Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney offers two research degrees for both medical and non-medical graduates. Follow the steps below for further information on the research degrees offered, and how to apply.
1. Identify your eligibility for a research degree through the admissions requirements for a research degree:
as well as the Master of Surgery (by research) for medical graduates only.
The research master's and doctoral degrees have two purposes. One is to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; the other is to train candidates in general research methodology and equip them with transferable research skills.
2. After identifying your admission eligibility, look at our list of potential supervisors
3. Lodge an expression of interest using the following form:
Prospective Research Student Enquiries
4. Your expression of interest will be assessed for eligibility and you will be advised whether you meet the eligibility to proceed to a full application or whether you do not meet entry requirements.
5. If you have received agreement to lodge a full application, fill out and submit the online application form:
Some local and overseas applicants may be eligible to enter the Medical School’s PhD cotutelle program. Candidature is undertaken jointly at Sydney and an overseas university with which the University of Sydney has an approved cotutelle agreement. PhD cotutelle candidature and the examination of the thesis are conducted according to arrangements established during the application process. For further information, contact the Postgraduate Manager.
The University also awards several higher doctoral degrees whose award is based on the research output of the applicant over a substantial number of years. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc) are examples of higher doctoral degrees, and are normally awarded to graduates of the University of Sydney on the basis of a distinguished contribution to a field of knowledge.
Sydney Medical School is currently in the process of converting its MBBS into an MD (in line with most other Australian medical schools) effective from 2014. As a consequence, Sydney Medical School has proposed a change of name for the Doctor of Medicine(MD) to Doctor of Medical Science (DMedSc) effective from 2014. The Graduate Studies Committee has approved this proposal.
Consequently, the current higher doctoral degree Doctor of Medicine(MD) will no longer be available but will be replaced with the DMedSc effective from 2014. The resolutions for this degree will be posted following formal approval by the University’s Academic Board.