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Discover genomics and precision medicine online at the University of Sydney

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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

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

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.

Why study this course? 

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.  

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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 (Genomics and Precision Medicine) requires completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of compulsory units of study;
  • A minimum of 24 and maximum of 36 credit points of stream specific units of study; and
  • Up to 12 credit points of elective units of study.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered online. 

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 requirements

Admission to the Master of Medicine (Genomics and Precision Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

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

Students who achieve excellent results may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Genomics and Precision Medicine) and complete a supervised research project. The Master of Medicine (Advanced) course would suit graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in genomic medicine or where genomic medicine features strongly in their chosen career. 

Sydney Medical School also offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body.  A full list of short courses and more information is available here.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

Our course offers an exciting range of opportunities to graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in genomic medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics, neurology and many other subspecialties, including general practice. With the increasing use of genomic technology in medical diagnosis, management and future treatment of disease, this course will provide the necessary skills to understand and integrate genomic medicine in current and future clinical practice. 

Domestic students

International students

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