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Clinical neurophysiology is a broad discipline, encompassing diagnostic services for patients presenting with neurological dysfunction, systemic diseases and critical illnesses, through to the provision of intraoperative monitoring of the nervous system during at-risk procedures.

Who should study this course?

This course is designed for scientists, trainee scientists and those with appropriate qualifications seeking to work in neurophysiology laboratories and clinics. It aims to provide structured educational programs in neurophysiological monitoring to complement experiential learning in the workplace. It is the only postgraduate coursework of its kind in Australia. 

How will you learn?

In this course you will learn from experienced and expert anaesthetists, neurologists and neurophysiology scientists from Australia and overseas.

Primarily taught online, your studies will be supplemented by intensive face-to-face teaching sessions which include practical experience in simulated diagnostic and perioperative settings.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this course for Semester 1, 2020.  To be considered for a CSP you must apply for entry to the course by 11 February 2020 and places will be allocated based on merit.

Please ensure your CV includes details of any relevant work or other experience. Please note that you cannot retain a CSP if you upgrade or downgrade to another course after enrolment.   

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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. 

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for Semester 1, 2019. All applications received by 11 February 2019 will be considered for a CSP.

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.

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 diploma requires the completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

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

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered largely online with all CLNP units of study (except Basic Sciences in Clinical Neurophysiology & Neuromonitoring in Anaesthesia) incorporating compulsory intensive face-to-face teaching sessions in Sydney.

Students who work, or intend to work, predominantly in neurophysiology laboratories, are encouraged to enrol in these units of study:

  • Basic Sciences in Clinical Neurophysiology (compulsory)
  • Diagnostic Electroencephalography
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Techniques
  • Advanced Electroencephalography

Students who intend to predominantly practice intraoperative monitoring are encouraged to enrol in:

  • Basic Sciences in Clinical Neurophysiology (compulsory)
  • Neuromonitoring in Anaesthesia
  • Intraoperative Monitoring I
  • Intraoperative Monitoring II

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree.

Clinical Neurophysiology course structure (pdf, 99KB)

Please note if you commence your course in Semester 2 you will not be able to enrol in the compulsory unit CLNP5001 Basic Sciences in Clinical Neurophysiology. This unit is available in Semester 1 only and must be completed prior to or in conjunction with each of the other CLNP units. You will be able to enrol in CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and/or a general elective unit of study.

Please note that the following electives are case based and only suitable for experienced clinicians:

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Clinical Neurophysiology) requires:

  • successful completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine; or
  • 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.

Professional accreditation

Currently, formal accreditation is not required to practice clinical neurophysiology, however the Association of Neurophysiological Technologists of Australia (ANTA) and the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) support the introduction of a postgraduate course to complement workplace training.

Future study

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the graduate diploma may be eligible to transfer to the Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Neurophysiology) degree.

Career Pathways

This course will provide graduates with a sound understanding of the theoretical principles and practical application of the commonly employed techniques in clinical neurophysiology.

Graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to work in diagnostic and perioperative settings.

Domestic students

International students

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