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Overview

The Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) is a flexible fully online degree with optional face-to-face components for clinicians and clinical researchers to learn the skills needed to generate high quality clinical research, and to find, interpret, and evaluate research evidence to improve patient care outcomes.

Why study this course? 

  • 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. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.
  • As a clinical epidemiology student, you will learn from leading experts drawn from a wide range of clinical and academic fields who have extensive experience in integrating research into their clinical work.
  • Our Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) will provide you with the knowledge and skills in clinical epidemiology that will enable you to incorporate best evidence into your own clinical practice and progress your career as a clinician. This program also covers all the essentials for the clinical researcher and provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing a research career.

What will you learn?

Throughout this degree, you will learn how to integrate theory into your day-to-day work as you develop the research skills required by many clinical training positions.

Who should study this course?

Our courses are designed to meet the needs of both the ‘users’ of clinical epidemiology (those who want their clinical decision-making to be based on the best available evidence), and the ‘doers’ of clinical epidemiology (those who want to learn the skills required to do high quality clinical research).

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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 requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Scholarships

Sydney School of Public Health offers a limited number of scholarships for domestic students enrolling in either of the Master of Clinical Epidemiology degrees. The scholarships equate to a fee reduction over the life of the degrees, and are offered on a competitive basis, awarded on academic merit and achievement relative to opportunity.

Check the scholarships website  for more information.

Check the scholarships website  for more information.

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. 

Please be advised that the following documents are required to be included in the application for this program:

  • Statement of intent - please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program
  • Current CV 
  • Academic transcript 
  • Proof of ID

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February 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. 

Please be advised that the following documents are required to be included in the application for this program:

  • Statement of intent - please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program
  • Current CV 
  • Academic transcript 
  • Proof of ID

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 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 Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) consists of 48 credit points (cp), including 12cp of core units, a minimum of 6cp of capstone units and 30cp of elective units. Students must select a minimum of 18cp from Part A Electives and a maximum of 12cp from Part B Electives.

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

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) will hold a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. 

All students entering the program are expected to have some clinical experience.

Applicants must have completed work equivalent to a first or second class honours bachelor's degree.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Applicants must complete the admission supplementary form and demonstrate how you meet each criterion for the award of Commonwealth Supported Places and Clinical Epidemiology Scholarships. Upload the academic transcripts from all your previous degrees, your CV and any additional evidence such as certificates for any prizes and/or awards to the online admission application system.

Course options

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace. 

 *Open to applicants with a non-medical qualification in a health-related discipline.

**Open to applicants with a medical qualification (MBBS or MD)

***Enrol in a normal unit of study as a non-award student to improve your skills in clinical epidemiology and get a taste of what we have to offer.

Professional accreditation

Clinical epidemiology alumni may be eligible to apply for CPD/CME points with medical colleges in which they are completing their training.

Future study opportunities

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

Career pathways

This course provides students with knowledge and skills in clinical epidemiology that will enable them to incorporate best evidence into their own clinical practice. It also covers all the essentials for the clinical researcher and provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing a research career.

Meet our alumni

Winnie
Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)

"The clinical epidemiology program is uniquely designed to be both highly practical and very challenging. The combination of clinical and public health aspects in this program make it perfectly suited for practitioners working both at the point of care and the policy levels.

The University of Sydney expanded my leadership potential and provided a valuable network of friends, academics and staff. The staff has been very supportive in every aspect of my stay, both academically and emotionally. I received amazing support, guidance and collaboration throughout my studies.

I have acquired tremendous practical health research skills that built my confidence to establish a core cancer research team at the National Cancer Centre in Cambodia.”

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