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Combine your interests in sexual and reproductive health and research with this combined degree

Study sexual and reproductive health at the University of Sydney

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The University of Sydney is currently not accepting applications for this degree for commencement in 2023. Please continue to refer to this course page for further updates.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

Combine the postgraduate program in Sexual and Reproductive Health with a research degree and develop a detailed and nuanced understanding in a range of disciplines related to HIV, sexually transmitted infections and sexual and reproductive health. 

Please note, the double degree is only available to international students. Domestic students can apply to undertake these degrees separately.

Globally, the challenges of sexual and reproductive health including HIV/STIs, infertility, and unintended pregnancy continue to be a significant public health issue. Challenges to sexual function and wellbeing also impact on the health of individuals. Comprehensive prevention and treatment of sexual and reproductive health issues requires a thorough understanding of the psychosocial contexts in which they occur as well as the biological and diagnostic aspects of sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

Designed by clinical and academic experts, the program enables students to address these challenges head-on through flexible units that deliver maximum professional relevance and choice. 

Students will have opportunities to:

  • develop high levels of knowledge and appropriate skills in dealing with the psychosocial contexts, effective prevention strategies and management techniques for HIV, STIs, sexual and reproductive health issues
  • learn to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams on the practical challenges faced by professionals working in these areas
  • acquire skills recognised as essential components of the professional training in HIV and STIs, sexology/sexual health counselling/psychosexual therapy and reproductive health and fertility
  • learn to critically evaluate relevant research and contribute to the growing body of evidence-based, effective interventions.

Who should study this course?

This course is for medical graduates who are interested in working in the field of HIV and STIs, psychosexual therapy/sexology, sexual and reproductive health.

How will you learn?

Combine stream-specific units of study with electives to develop your foundational knowledge in your chosen study area, as well as broader knowledge in other areas of interest.  With an interprofessional and multidisciplinary structure, students will develop effective collaborative approaches to employment in a variety of healthcare settings. 

Learn more about professional medical education at Sydney.

Please note that the double degree is only available to international students and is conditional upon the appointment of an appropriate supervisor. 

Subject areas

There is an option to choose one of four distinct pathways listed below. Compulsory and stream-specific units of study provide students with foundational competence in these areas, while a wide range of electives creates the opportunity for students to further explore areas of interest.

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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 academic 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

The double degree is not available to domestic students. Domestic students can apply to undertake the two degrees separately.

Starting date

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 - 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

To qualify for the award of the double degree, students must:

  • complete the requirements for the Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) with a minimum credit average; and
  • fulfil the requirements for award of the Master of Philosophy by completing 48 credit points of research units of study. The requirement to undertake a 6 credit point Research Methods unit of study in the Master of Philosophy will be waived for candidates in the double degree.

Students enrolled in the double degree will be required to have a supervisor for their research degree and to submit a full research proposal for their Master of Philosophy by the end of the second semester of enrolment. In order to progress to the Master of Philosophy, students must complete the Master Coursework component with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent across all 48 credit points of coursework units and enrol in the additional core units of study .

Students who have not submitted their thesis by the end of their first year of enrolment must re-enrol every semester, with the associated financial cost, until they submit their thesis.

The Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) and Master of Philosophy is made up of 96 credit points and consists of 2 years of full-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.


You will be able to complete a generalist sexual health degree, or choose your elective units from within one of 4 specialisations:


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 (Sexual and Reproductive Health) and Master of Philosophy requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. Admission to candidature will be conditional upon the appointment of an appropriate supervisor and associate supervisor.

The double degree is only available to international students. Domestic students can apply to undertake the two degrees separately.

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

The combined degree is available to non-medical graduates as a Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) and Master of Philosophy.

Credit for previous study

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

Professional accreditation

Components of the degree count towards formal study requirements for the Advanced Training of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Completing the master's with a Psychosexual Therapy specialisation meets the sexological education and training requirements for professional accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists and ASSERT NSW.

Career Pathways

The postgraduate program in sexual and reproductive health prepares graduates to work in advanced and specialist positions in sexual and reproductive health, depending on your pathway. 

Career options include:

  • fertility medicine
  • fertility specialist
  • HIV medicine
  • psychosexual therapy
  • reproductive medicine
  • sexual health counselling
  • sexual health medicine
  • sexual health nursing
  • women's health.

Domestic students

International students

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