Current Students

Are you a current student enrolled in our postgraduate coursework degree programs? The information below may help with questions you have over the course of your study.

What units of study should I enrol in for my first semester?

In their first semester of study, part-time students will normally enrol in two core units only:

  • PAIN5001 – Introduction to Pain Management (Semester 1 or Semester 2)
  • PAIN5002 – Pain Mechanisms and Contributors (Semester 1 or Semester 2)

In their second semester of study, part-time students will normally enrol in two core units only:

  • PAIN5003 – Principles of Treatment and Management (Semester 1 or Semester 2)
  • PAIN5004 – Pain Conditions (Semester 1 or Semester 2)


From 2018, all core units (PAIN5001-5004) are taught as full semester units. They will no longer be offered in intensive mode.

Elective units (PAIN5005-PAIN5021) are normally selected after completing the four core units PAIN5001, PAIN5002, PAIN5003 and PAIN5004. Elective units are run over the entire semester.

PAIN5006 is a required unit of the Masters level only and can be selected after the completion of the units PAIN5001-5004.

How do I apply for special consideration?

In the first instance, please contact your unit lecturer and our Student Liaison, Dr Claire Ashton-James via email ().

Special consideration of three days or more may be granted to students for any assessment where well-attested illness, injury or misadventure occurs to them (or someone for whom they have carer’s responsibility) during semester or the exam period. Special arrangements may be granted for essential community commitments. Further information on eligibility, document requirements and how to apply is available here.

Applications must be made using the University’s formal application process via the online portal.

How can I view my results?

Semester results are officially released by the University via Sydney Student around mid-July (Semester 1) and mid-December (Semester 2).

To view your results, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • Click My Studies
  • Click Assessments
  • Select Result Notice or Academic transcript

How can I obtain a completion letter?

This letter can be used to confirm completion of your qualification before you have graduated and received your academic transcript.

Once you've finished your studies and your eligibility to graduate has been confirmed, your completion letter will be available in Sydney Student. This will occur in the weeks after the release of your final results. The University will email you to let you know once it’s available.

This can be used to confirm completion of your qualification to professional bodies and associations, and the Department of Home Affairs.

To view your completion letter, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • Click My Studies
  • Click Assessments
  • Click Completion Letter

How do I upgrade my degree?

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma degrees can apply to upgrade to a higher level in the degree program such as the Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management).

You will need to submit your application after the release of semester results and before the next semester starts.

To apply for an upgrade, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • Go to My studies
  • Click Course details
  • Click Request course transfer

You will need to select the course you would like to transfer to, provide a reason for your request and upload any supporting documents. More information is available here.

How do I unenrol from a unit of study?

If you change your mind about a unit of study, you can still withdraw without academic or financial penalty up until the Census date. This usually falls on the last day of March for Semester 1 and on the last day of August for Semester 2.

To remove yourself from a unit of study, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • click My studies
  • Click Enrolment or Units of Study
  • Click Change Units of Study
  • Click the garbage bin symbol next to unit that you want to remove and
    click 'Yes' at the prompt
  • Once all your changes are done click Continue then Confirm

How do I take a break from my study for a semester?

You can apply to take a leave of absence (suspend your studies) for one or two semesters through the Sydney Student portal. You must first unenrol yourself from any units of study in the semester that you intend to take as leave (see above).

You are allowed to take up to four semesters off during your degree. The first two semester suspensions will be granted automatically. The third and fourth semester suspensions require the permission of the Course Coordinator and the Associate Dean. No further suspensions will be allowed after this.

To apply for leave, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • Go to My studies
  • Click Course details
  • Click Suspend your studies or apply to take leave
  • Follow the prompts and remember to include a reason for your leave

Please note that students can only suspend their studies while enrolment is open in Sydney Student. For Semester 1, this is typically between mid-December and the end of March. For Semester 2, this is typically mid-June until the end of August.

How do I exit early from my degree?

Students enrolled in the Masters or Graduate Diploma degrees can apply to exit with a shorter award course, if the requirements have been met. For example, if you were originally enrolled in a Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management), you may later decide to exit early with a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management. In this case, you would need to have completed the four core units of study (PAIN5001-PAIN5004) required for the Graduate Certificate in Pain Management.

You will need to submit your application before the last day to add units of study for the current semester or after the release of results for following semesters or if you intend to exit.

To apply for an early exit, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • Go to My studies
  • Click Course details
  • Click Early exit
  • Follow the prompts

How do I withdraw from my degree?

Circumstances can sometimes change in such a way that continuing with study is no longer feasible. Students can choose to take a leave of absence or, if necessary, withdraw from the degree entirely. Students may like to consider re-applying again in the future.

To discontinue or withdraw from your degree, please log into MyUni (https://myuni.sydney.edu.au/) using your UniKey and then follow the steps below:

  • Select Sydney Student portal
  • Remember to unenrol from any units of study that you are in first (see above).
  • Click My studies
  • Click Course details
  • Click Discontinue course
  • Follow the prompts.

Discontinuing your course will end your enrolment in your current degree at the University of Sydney. If you want to resume your candidature or undertake future study at the University, you will need to submit a new application. Credit for completed units can be claimed for future applications up to six years from their completion.

Where can I find information about graduation?

Students who successfully complete requirements for their Pain Management degree will be eligible to graduate as part of the Sydney Medical School ceremony.

Students who complete requirements in Semester 1, will graduate in the graduation ceremony scheduled for the following December. Students who complete requirements in Semester 2, will graduate in the graduation ceremony scheduled for the following April/May.

Invitations to graduate are emailed to potential graduands around four weeks before the allocated graduation ceremony. Alternatively, students can nominate to "Graduate in Absentia" i.e. not attend a ceremony and have the degree posted to them.

You can find more information out about all of these aspects of Graduation here: http://sydney.edu.au/study/student-administration/graduation.html