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Study sleep medicine at the University of Sydney

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Overview

Sleep medicine has evolved into a new specialty with relevance across a number of fields, including respiratory medicine, cardiology, neurology, surgery, dentistry, paediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and nursing, with wider implications for health sciences and public health.

The advanced master program in sleep medicine aims to provide comprehensive information on the theory and practice of sleep medicine through distance education; the courses provide training in clinical, theoretical and research techniques in sleep medicine and help to establish criteria for best practice in the field.

The course is suitable for those already working in the area of sleep medicine, or for those wishing to undertake a career change. The courses provide a firm basis for vocational training in this discipline.

Why study sleep medicine with us?

  • Our postgraduate programs are taught by clinicians, academics and researchers who have had a major impact on the advancement of research and treatment of sleep disorders, and
  • Our courses provide an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of sleep medicine and offer a firm basis for those who wish to work in the field.

Who should study this course?

This course is for domestic and international graduates with a medical degree who are pursuing a career in sleep medicine.

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.

Please note: applications for semester two entry are not open in 2020. Applications will re-open for student to apply for Semester 1, 2021. 

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. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February 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) 

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 by online mode to eligible international students. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January 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) 

Course options

The sleep medicine is available through two pathways - the Master of Medicine (for medical graduates), and the Master of Science in Medicine (for non-medical graduates). The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

Course options for medical graduates:

Course options for non-medical graduates:

We also offer short courses in sleep medicine.

What you'll study

The program aims to provide comprehensive information on the theory and practice of sleep medicine through distance education; the courses provide training in clinical, theoretical and research techniques in sleep medicine and help to establish criteria for best practice in the field. 

The Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Sleep Medicine) is made up of 60 credit points and consists of 3-6 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 criteria

Admission to the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Sleep Medicine) requires:

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

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Future study options

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

Career Pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career within the general field of sleep medicine, or for professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine.

Program Director

Professor Sullivan

Meet the Program Director

Professor Colin Sullivan

Professor Colin Sullivan has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of sleep apnoea and other sleep disorders. He invented the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and was instrumental in developing the first adult and paediatric sleep laboratories in Australia.

Professor Sullivan continues to innovate with his most recent development, a non-contact device to record breathing during sleep.

Domestic students

International students

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