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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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Overview

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 Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) has been designed by critical care clinicians for students interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

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.

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.  

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 professional. Coursework is provided in anatomy, pathology, physiology and pharmacology. 

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
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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 entry requirements

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 requirements’ 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. 

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 (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.

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.

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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Course options

Study critical care medicine at different levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one course to the next at your own pace.

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Short courses and non-award study

Some critical care units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the program director. Please note that CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care is not available for non-award study.

Learn more about short courses in medicine.

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) is made up 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 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:

Units of Study

Capstone experience

The capstone unit, CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care, aims to develop the ethical and critical thinking needed to inform best clinical practice. It is divided into two parts: an introduction to key ethical concepts and methods of ethical analysis relevant to health care practice and research and an overview of the evidence.

Students will critically appraise the evidence base related to an area of practice in their workplace or a clinical guideline. This will require the development of a clinical question, a literature review, then an appraisal of the literature and application of the evidence to individual patient care, It will further refine clinical epidemiology and critical appraisal skills developed in CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology.

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Critical Care) 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.
  • current registration as a nurse (Registered Nurse (Division 1) or allied health professional in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction.

Applicants must also provide evidence of at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

Professional accreditation

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

ACEM

The following units of study have been approved for the purpose of fulfilling the Trainee Research Requirement:

  • CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
  • PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics.
  • CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care

PUBH5018 can be undertaken as a general elective for the completion of the graduate diploma or masters and CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care can only be undertaken as the final unit of study as part of the masters. NB two of the units must be completed to meet the requirement.

CICM

Students in the Master of Science in 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.

Future study options

Students who achieve excellent results may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) (Critical Care Medicine) course.

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health)Master of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School.

A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Career Pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in emergency medicine, anaesthetics or intensive care medicine.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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