HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

Study HIV, STIs and Sexual Health at the University of Sydney


The University of Sydney is a global leader in postgraduate education in the field of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health.

Our unique program enables students to specialise in one of five professional groupings within their studies; Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Counselling (Sexology/Sex Therapy), Laboratory, and Public Health. Attracting students from both Australia and around the world, our courses are of interest to a range of students, from those who already work in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health / Sexology, as well as those who want to develop expertise in the field.

All staff in the program are practitioner-academics, and work in the fields that they teach. This ensures that the curriculum is strongly evidence based, allowing students to develop a practical understanding of the subject and providing for better career outcomes.

Why study HIV, STIs and sexual health with us?
  • Our program is globally unique, offering students a range of specialisations
  • The course has a strong history, having provided high-quality training to Australian and international students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health
  • Offered through flexible delivery options, allowing students to study much of the course via distance and/or online education, and
  • Taught by experts who are recognised internationally for their knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as Medicine, Public Health, Sexual Health Counselling and Sex Therapy, and Laboratory Diagnostics.
Who should study this course?

This course is designed for graduates from a wide range of disciplines, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, scientists, researchers and other areas of health sciences or students who are interested in working in the field of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health / Sexology.

Graduate opportunities

Our program leads students to a range of professions in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. Careers in this field include working as a medical practitioner with sexual health expertise, work in health education / promotion, sexual health / women’s health nurse, as a sexual health counsellor, sexologist / sex therapist, HIV / STI researcher or laboratory scientist.

Graduates may work in government or non-government organisations both in Australia and internationally, in Ministries of Health within developing countries, at International aid agencies, and within academic institutions.

Course options

This program is available in Medicine, Nursing, Counselling, Public Health or Laboratory pathways.

Non-award study (single unit enrolment)

It is possible to complete almost any unit of study as a non-award student. For more information, please visit Single Units Enrolment.

Visit the Western Sydney Sexual Health website for more information on our research and education.

Professional Recognition / Accreditation

Components of the degree count towards formal study requirements for the Advanced Training of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Completing the Master’s in the Sexual Health Counselling/Sex Therapy Pathway meets the sexological education and training requirements for professional accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Royal Australasian College of Medicine Society Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists

Student profiles

Irvin Romyco

Irvin Romyco
Master in Medicine (Advanced) in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, commenced in 2016

"I came to study at the University of Sydney because I wanted to connect with the brightest minds and leading experts in the field of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. At Sydney Medical School, I learned from experts and industry guest speakers about their management, latest research and evidence-based medicine applicability in the related areas."

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"The course is well integrated and covers all aspect of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, from the program and management of the Australian health system and networks, to the grassroots level of the field perspective such as social workers outreach programs.

The school offers approachable lecturers and a supportive learning environment. The course also expanded my area of interests into research and public health, as their approach is beneficial and will be applicable once I return to my home country, Indonesia."

I have been able to integrate education about the neurobiological underpinnings of behaviour, mental health and cognition into my work with people across the spectrum of illness. Patients report feeling empowered and that their functional capacity and quality of life have improved. It’s been very rewarding to be part of the process."

Chantelle Otten

Chantelle Otten
Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)
Winner of the Best poster Presentation on Female Sexual Medicine, 19th Congress of the European Society for Secual Medicine

"I chose to study at the University of Sydney because it offered a qualification in sexual health and distance learning, which was appealing to me as I was living between Melbourne and Amsterdam.

What I enjoyed most was that the academics and coordinators were accessible and encouraged students to pursue their own career direction based on their individual skills – whether that be in private practice, education, pure science or sexual health centres."

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"The ‘Placement’ unit subject allowed me to be mentored and taught by Dr Ingrid Pinas, Gynaecologist Sexologist in Netherlands, an excellent teacher and role model of mine. I would have never met her without a placement subject."