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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

This course is only available to students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) who meet the requirements for admission (see below).

The Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) (General Practice and Primary Health Care) is designed for registered nurses. Following completion of the requirements for the Master's students complete a supervised research project.

The course provides a wide range of relevant study areas, some specific to general practice and primary health care and others aimed at extending knowledge and skills, such as dermatology, diabetes and obesity, clinical teaching, mental health, public health and ethics.

Designed for working professionals, the course is largely delivered online, using a case based approach that allows flexible integration of your studies with your professional and personal life.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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


Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

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 student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Starting date

What you'll study

The Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) requires the completion of 60 credit points of units of study including:

  • 48 credit points of coursework units required for the master's
  • 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.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of  Science in Medicine (Advanced) (General Practice and Primary Health Care) requires:

  • completion of the requirements for the Master of Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care)
  • 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.

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

Credit for previous study

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

Course opportunities

Study general practice and primary healthcare at a range of levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The programs are embedded, allowing you to step through at your own pace.

If you have a medical degree, you can undertake the program as a Master of Medicine at the same levels.

Short courses and non-award study

Some general practice units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the program director. 

Learn more about short courses in medicine.

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. 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. Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Domestic students

International students

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