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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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This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study face-to-face or remotely in 2022. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.

About this course

The Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) has been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors 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 electivesm 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 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 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

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. 

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January 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 or to offshore international students. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 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 Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) is made up of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of compulsory units of study;
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study; and
  • 12 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 Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and the following:

  • current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction; and
  • current or prior employment as a medical practitioner in a clinical setting in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice. 

Professional accreditation

Please find below information about the Master of Medicine (Critical Care) 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:

  • 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 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.

Hear from our students

Dr Holly Martin, Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)

Nicholas Sidler 

RPA Hospital 

Nicholas Sidler

2015-present Registrar 
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 
2015-2018 Master of Medicine (Critical Care)
University of Sydney
2012-2015 Resident 
Manly/Mona Vale Hospitals
2011 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBchB) 
Otago University, New Zealand
Dr Priya Rao

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."

Future study options

Students who achieve excellent results may be eligible to enrol in the Master of 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

International students

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