Program director, emergency physician and emergency staff specialist, Dr Khanh Nguyen, speaks about the online critical care medicine program.
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 has been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.
This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.
Most stream specific units are online. You may find a couple of electives have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.
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 are a wide range of subject areas to choose from and you can develop valuable non-technical skills in teaching, simulation and research.
There are no specialisations for this course.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
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.
Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)
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.
Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)
The Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) is made up of 36 credit points of study including:
The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components.
Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification as well as the following:
The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.
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:
PUBH5018 can be undertaken as a general elective for the completion of the Graduate Diploma or Master and CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care can only be undertaken as the final unit of study as part of the Master. 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.
Dr Holly Martin, Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)
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."
On completion of the requirements for the graduate diploma students are eligible to transfer to the master's degree.
The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in: