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Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health)

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Overview

Study sexual and reproductive health at Sydney and develop a nuanced understanding of the challenges of sexual and reproductive health in Australia and internationally.

Globally, the challenges of sexual and reproductive health including HIV/STIs, infertility, and unintended pregnancy continue to be a significant public health issue. Challenges to sexual function and wellbeing also impact on the health of individuals. Comprehensive prevention and treatment of sexual and reproductive health issues requires a thorough understanding of the psychosocial contexts in which they occur as well as the biological and diagnostic aspects of sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

Designed by clinical and academic experts, the program enables students to address these challenges head-on through flexible units that deliver maximum professional relevance and choice. 

Students will have opportunities to:

  • develop high levels of knowledge and appropriate skills in dealing with the psychosocial contexts, effective prevention strategies and management techniques for HIV, STIs, sexual and reproductive health issues
  • learn to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams on the practical challenges faced by professionals working in these areas
  • acquire skills recognised as essential components of the professional training in HIV and STIs, sexology/sexual health counselling/psychosexual therapy and reproductive health and fertility
  • learn to critically evaluate relevant research and contribute to the growing body of evidence-based, effective interventions.

Who should study this course?

This course is for medical graduates who are interested in working in the field of HIV and STIs, psychosexual therapy/sexology, sexual and reproductive health.

How will you learn?

Combine stream-specific units of study with electives to develop your foundational knowledge in your chosen study area, as well as broader knowledge in other areas of interest.  With an interprofessional and multidisciplinary structure, students will develop effective collaborative approaches to employment in a variety of healthcare settings. 

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Subject areas

There is an option to choose one of four distinct pathways listed below. Compulsory and stream-specific units of study provide students with foundational competence in these areas, while a wide range of electives creates the opportunity for students to further explore areas of interest.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

The Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) requires the completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of compulsory units of study;
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

All units of study engage the current evidence base and encourage critical engagement with the evidence. To facilitate the best educational and professional outcomes from their studies, each student is advised to discuss their unit of study choices with a pathway coordinator before the commencement of each semester.

All students enrolled in the master's degree complete CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree: 

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.

This program is also available for non-medical graduates as a Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health).

Professional 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 with a Psychosexual Therapy specialisation meets the sexological education and training requirements for professional accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists and ASSERT NSW.

Career Pathways

The Postgraduate Program in Sexual and Reproductive Health prepares graduates to work in advanced and specialist positions in sexual and reproductive health, depending on your pathway.

Career field options include:

  • fertility medicine
  • fertility specialist
  • HIV medicine
  • psychosexual therapy
  • reproductive medicine
  • sexual health counselling, medicine and nursing
  • women's health.

Future study options

Students who have completed the compulsory research unit and achieved an average of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream specific units of study will be eligible to apply for the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Sexual and Reproductive Health)

Opportunities for further study through research degrees are available to students. Key study areas are:

  • HIV and STIs
  • psychosexual therapy and sexual wellbeing
  • reproductive health and fertility.

Students who wish to undertake further study may be able to apply for the Master of Philosophy. Students who complete the Masters (Advanced) may be eligible to apply directly to a PhD or a Master of Philosophy.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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