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The University of Sydney Northern Clinical School

Education and research in Sydney's northern hospitals
Providing knowledge of medicine and an understanding of how to provide compassionate care with clinical teaching facilities spread over the northern area of Sydney and beyond.

About the Northern Clinical School

The Northern Clinical School is a teaching hospital of the Sydney Medical School headquartered at Royal North Shore Hospital. Many of our programs are also taught at other teaching hospitals within our local health district, including Hornsby Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital and Ryde Hospital.

Teaching within our school comprises of medical education for students from day one of the medical program and continuing into the early postgraduate years and, further, into specialist training programs for practitioners. There are also links with the education of nurses and allied health practitioners, in hospital and community settings.

Northern Clinical School student experience

Discover student life at the Northern Clinical School

Elective placements

We welcome applications from Australian and international medical students wishing to undertake elective placements at the Northern Clinical School. Applications will be considered on the basis of previous training and only for students in their final or penultimate year of study.

Visit our clinical placements page for more information.

Our teaching hospitals

Royal North Shore Hospital is one of the largest general hospitals in Australia. It provides a comprehensive range of medical services to the upper and lower north shore areas of Sydney as well as being a tertiary referral service state-wide. The Emergency Department is designated as a major trauma centre for the northern region.

Located in Sydney's upper North Shore, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital is an acute care hospital with 300 beds: 200 general, 25 maternity, 24 mental health, 26 rehabilitation and aged care and 25 paediatric. It is the major centre for the Hornsby and Ku-Ring-Gai Health Service.

North Shore Private Hospital is owned by Ramsay Health Care, Australia’s leading private hospital operator. The hospital provides acute medical and surgical services, specialising in intensive care, coronary care, cardiac surgery, cardiology, cardiac catheterisation, orthopeadics, obstetrics, neurosurgery, day surgery, oncology and general surgery.

Ryde Hospital has 212 beds to serve the municipalities of Ryde, Hunters Hill and nearby suburbs. The hospital has a busy emergency department and its facilities include a modern intensive care/coronary care unit, rehabilitation assessment unit, maternity unit, day surgery unit, and general and specialist medicine and surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery.

Greenwich Hospital is a public hospital providing rehabilitation, supportive and palliative care, older persons’ mental health, pain management, community care and pastoral care services. Greenwich Hospital currently has 90 inpatient beds, 25 palliative care beds and 45 rehabilitation beds. 

Study options

We offer research degrees across our seven key disciplines, namely: general practice, medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology, physiology, psychiatry and surgery.

For more information on higher degree research opportunities at the Northern Clinical School, please contact our Research Administration Officer.

Application for admission to a research degree must include an Agreement of Supervisor form, so it is essential to find a supervisor and a project before you submit your application.

Learn more about applying for research degrees or find a research supervisor.

We offer a range of short courses for those interested in continuing medical education and professional development.

Learn more

Our research

Medical research is another important activity within our school. Over one hundred postgraduate students are involved in a broad spectrum of research ranging from basic laboratory research to clinical and epidemiological projects across the campus.

The Kolling Institute of Medical Research is the oldest research institute in the state of New South Wales. It forms the nucleus of our research activity, which is conducted at a variety of locations on the hospital campus and throughout the northern area of Sydney.

Research centres, institutes and groups

Our facilities

Our clinical school teaches from the new Kolling Building at the Royal North Shore Hospital. This building is currently the largest and most up-to-date structure housing research and education facilities on a hospital site anywhere in Australia. Facilities include a 200 seat auditorium, lecture, tutorial, meeting and computer rooms, a pathology museum, the Douglas Piper Library and the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (SCSSC).

For information on room bookings and facilities please contact Facility Officer, Liam Brennan (

  • Douglas Piper Library
  • Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
  • Pathology Museum: Located on Level 5, Kolling Building it contains over 350 original specimens and is a powerful resource for medical students.
    Please contact 9926 5983 for bookings.


Teaching opportunities

We pride ourselves on our reputation for the excellence of our clinical teachers, who play a key role in the development of our medical students. We recruit tutors for all years of the Sydney Medical Program across a number of areas - if you'd like more information on becoming a tutor, please contact us

Head of Clinical School

Associate Professor Christopher Dennis
Associate Professor Christopher Dennis
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Northern Clinical School

Please contact us for general enquiries, to join a clinical skills teaching workshop, or to find out about teaching opportunities (for tutors).

Northern Clinical School