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Study sexual and reproductive health online at the University of Sydney

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Overview

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

100% online course delivery

In this course there are four specialisations on offer. If you choose a public health or a generalist 'no speciality' pathway all units of study will be completely online. 

If you choose HIV and STIs or Pyschosexual therapy and reproductive health and fertility, these specialisations are also mostly online, however they do require a 2 week intensive face-to-face session on campus. 

Both options are extremely flexible and will allow you to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. 

Why study this course? 

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 designed for graduates from a wide range of disciplines, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, laboratory scientists, public health officers, health promotion specialists, researchers and other allied health practitioners or students who are interested in working in the field of HIV and STIs, psychosexual therapy/sexology, sexual and reproductive health.

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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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. 

This course is also available to study via Distance Education. NB Distance Education students will be required to attend exams and compulsory face to face teaching sessions in Sydney for some units of study.

Standard closing dates:

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 (February) 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. Available to eligible international students by online mode with a mandatory face-to-face/intensive study component. 

Standard closing dates:

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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) is made up of 24 credit points and consists of 6 months of full-time study or 1-2 years of part-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

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

Units of Study

Admission critiera

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) requires a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a health or science-related discipline 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 course is also available to medical graduates as a Graduate Certificate 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:

  • sexual health medicine
  • fertility medicine
  • psychosexual therapy
  • HIV medicine
  • reproductive medicine
  • sexual health counselling
  • sexual health nursing
  • women's health
  • fertility specialists.

Future study options

Students who complete the requirements for the graduate certificate are eligible to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) or Master of Science in Medicine (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 Master (Advanced) may be eligible to apply directly to a PhD or a Master of Philosophy.

Domestic students

International students

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