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Discover general practice and primary health care online at the University of Sydney

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Overview

The Master of Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) is designed for allied health professionals, nurses and pharmacists who work in primary health care.

It will provide the necessary skills and knowledge base for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of primary health care as well as those seeking a stepping stone to research.

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

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.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

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 - 11 February 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) 

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 - 31 January 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)

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) students must complete 48 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of compulsory units of study
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study
  • 12 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

The course can be studied part-time only in 2019 and is largely taught online. Some units of study include an intensive face to face teaching session.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (General Practice and Primary Health Care) requires successful completion of an embedded degree program (graduate certificate or graduate diploma) with a minimum credit average, or:

  • a bachelor or postgraduate degree in nursing; and 
  • current registration (Registered Nurse (Division 1)); and
  • a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience. 

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

Capstone Experience

The capstone unit, GPPC5005 Evidence and Ethics in Primary 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 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. 

Course opportunities

Study general practice and primary health care 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

Students with excellent results may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) and complete a 12 credit point research project. Students are guided through the steps to plan and execute a substantial research project and prepare a scholarly work which may be a paper for publication.

Domestic students

International students

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