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Program director, emergency physician and emergency staff specialist, Dr Khanh Nguyen, speaks about the online critical care medicine program.

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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Critical Care Medicine program is tailored to the needs and interests of critical care specialists and trainees seeking further educational opportunities in emergency medicine, intensive care and anaesthetics. It is designed to produce well-rounded and analytical critical care clinicians.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

Why study this course?

Clinical and academic leaders will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a well-rounded, informed and analytical clinician. Coursework is provided in anatomy, pathology, physiology and pharmacology to help you prepare for college barrier examinations.

In anaesthetics and intensive care medicine, you can pursue highly coveted expertise in neuromonitoring, pain management, mechanical ventilation or extracorporeal life support. If emergency medicine is your interest, you may choose coursework in retrieval medicine, point of care ultrasound or clinical reasoning and communication.

There is a wide range of subject areas to choose from and you can develop valuable non-technical skills in teaching, simulation and research.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to student visa holders or to offshore international students. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) is made up of 24 credit points of stream specific units of study.

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 Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification as well as the following:

  • current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction
  • current or prior employment as a medical practitioner in a clinical setting in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction.

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

Professional accreditation

Please find below information about the Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) received from the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM).


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 in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) or Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)NB two of the units must be completed to meet the requirement.


Students in the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Critical Care Medicine) program are required to produce a high-quality research project which can be submitted to the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) to meet the Formal Project requirement.

Hear from our students

Dr Holly Martin, Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)

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."

Future study options

On completion of the requirements for the graduate certificate, students may be eligible to transfer to the masters degree.

Career pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in:

  • emergency medicine
  • anaesthetics
  • intensive care medicine.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.