Study sexual and reproductive health at the University of Sydney
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.
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:
This course is designed for graduates from a wide range of disciplines, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, laboratory scientists, public health officers, health promotion specialists, researchers and other allied health practitioners or students who are interested in working in the field of HIV and STIs, psychosexual therapy/sexology, sexual and reproductive health.
Please note that the double degree is only available to international students and is conditional upon the appointment of an appropriate supervisor.
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.
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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.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
The double degree is not available to domestic students. Domestic students can apply to undertake the two degrees separately.
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.
Available to student visa holders and to international students in Australia on other visas with study rights.
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.
Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)
To qualify for the award of the double degree, students must:
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 Science in 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:
Admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) and Master of Philosophy requires:
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 medical graduates as a Master of Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) and Master of Philosophy.
For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.
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.
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: