Critical Care Medicine

Study Critical Care Medicine at the University of Sydney


This innovative degree has been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine. It is the only course of its kind in Australasia.

Coursework includes basic sciences, retrieval medicine and pain management, teaching in simulation and clinical communication and decision making relevant to the practice of critical care. You will gain insights and understanding into how research informs practice and undertake a critical appraisal of the evidence guiding practice in an area of critical care medicine.

Why study critical care medicine with us?

Who should study this course?

Doctors interested in anaesthesia, emergency and intensive care medicine.

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 options

Some Critical Care units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the Course Coordinator. Please note that CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care is not available for non-award study.

Technical Requirements

The coursework is mostly delivered online and there are minimal technical requirements for the course. These include high speed internet access, a microphone and a webcam. For more information about the technical requirements, please see:

Face-to-face teaching

Although this course is mostly delivered online, there are some units of study that require you to attend compulsory face to face teaching sessions at one of Sydney University’s teaching hospitals. Details about these sessions are provided above.

Professional Recognition / Accreditation

Some units can assist you in passing the primary examinations of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, (ACEM), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM). All three colleges have accredited these courses for the purpose of satisfying the research component of training.


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).

The Advanced option of the Master Medicine (Critical Care) may be undertaken to fulfil the requirements of the Formal Project.

Australasian College For Emergency Medicine College of Intensive Care Medicine

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Annette Katelaris.

Associate Professor Annette Katelaris:

Student Profiles

Dr Priya Rao


Dr Priya Rao
Alfred Health/ICU Registrar

The Master of Medicine (Critical Care) was a huge contributor to my success in two First Part Examinations over the last two years. In 2015, I completed all four of the basic science subjects in the degree (Pathology, Physiology, Pharmacology and Anatomy).

The Anatomy and Pathology subjects in the Critical Care degree gave me the structure and motivation I needed to comprehensively cover what are generally considered dry areas of study sufficient for the ED exam.

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The Anatomy course was quite time consuming and at times seemed an unreasonable workload with full time work (particularly the readings for each week) but the interactive weekend sessions as well as the opportunity to listen to lectures provided by the University and have access to so many learning materials (including videos) was extremely helpful in learning and reinforcing difficult concepts.

Midway through 2015 I made a career change and decided to pursue Anaesthetics/ICU dual training instead of ED/ICU training. As I am on a four year Anaesthetics Program starting this year, I was faced with another, more grueling, primary to sit. The physiology and pharmacology subjects that I completed later in 2015 were absolutely essential to my success in Anaesthetics.

The quality of the lectures, the opportunity to practice SAQs early and the opportunity to have sessions with a tutor (although I should have used this more!) was really helpful. As I took a break from the masters to continue study for the primary this year, I found developing an understanding of difficult topic areas.

I'd like to thank you for providing such a great resource to guide people through a very dense and difficult curriculum. Although you can't rely on it solely to get through the exam, it offers a wonderful foundation and resource to revisit.