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Discover genomics and precision medicine at the University of Sydney

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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

New in 2020, this program will broaden your knowledge and enhance your clinical practice in this new and increasingly relevant field.

The rapid development of genomics is already having a significant impact on diagnostics, screening, counselling and therapeutics across the clinical sphere. As new discoveries and trials improve patient care, this impact will only increase with time. 

Our genomics and precision medicine program is offered through a series of articulated awards, providing you with a flexible route to enhance your medical practice as part of your continuing professional education. 

Taught by senior and highly experienced clinicians and researchers, the program incorporates units of study with increasing depth and breadth in the area of cancer genomics, ethical legal and counselling issues, and genomic therapeutics and precision medicine, and is suitable for both trainees and experienced medical practitioners.  

The genomics coursework is designed to fit in with your busy working life and is delivered entirely online. It is highly relevant to clinical practice and uses case based learning.

Who is this course for?

The genomics and precision medicine program is designed for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of genomics and precision medicine. It is suitable for recent and established clinicians and is particularly relevant to those with an interest in clinical genetics, paediatrics, obstetrics, neurology and oncology.

This course is only open to applicants currently enrolled in the Master of Medicine (Genomics and Precision Medicine) degree.

Learn more about professional medical education at Sydney.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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

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. 

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)

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 not available to international student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply. Please see Admission requirements for additional criteria.

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)

What you'll study

The Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Genomics and Precision Medicine) requires students to complete:

  • the coursework requirements for the master's degree with an average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream specific units of study
  • an additional 12 credit points of project units of study.

Students complete a research project in an area of specific interest relevant to their master's degree. Students will be guided through the steps required to plan and execute a substantial research project and prepare a scholarly work which may be a paper for publication.

If you are interested in this option it is recommended that you complete PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics as one of your elective units.

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

Genomics and Precision Medicine course structure (pdf, 99KB)

Units of Study

Capstone experience

The capstone unit, GMED5005 Evidence and Ethics in Genomics, 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 Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Genomics and Precision Medicine) requires:

  • completion of the requirements for the Master of Medicine (Genomics and Precision Medicine)
  • an average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream units of study
  • any other requirements as stated by the faculty at the time of application.

Course opportunities

Study genomics and precision medicine at the level that suits your professional and personal needs. Students can upgrade or downgrade their course, providing the relevant requirements are met.

The following courses will be offered in the program:

Students may also choose to enrol in a single unit which may subsequently be credited to a relevant degree. Alternatively, a single unit of study may be completed as a short course.

Information about these options can be found here.

Professional accreditation

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Clinical Genetics Advanced Training Committee has approved GMED5001 Genomics in Clinical Practice to fulfill the Genetics University Course Requirement for advanced training in Clinical Genetics.

It is suitable for all practitioners who require a working knowledge of genomics in clinical practice.

This unit can be undertaken as part of a genomics and precision medicine degree, as a non-degree unit or as a short course.

Learn more about short courses and professional development in medicine.

Future study options

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

Domestic students

International students

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