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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Master of Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine) is designed for designed for health professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine or those wishing to develop expertise in the field. The course provides up-to-date knowledge of sleep theory and practice and provides training in clinical, theoretical and research techniques.

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. 

Why should you study this course? 

The importance of sleep in maintaining good health and longevity has become well recognised and the discipline of sleep medicine is rapidly growing as a result. Today, sleep medicine is a subspecialty that impacts a number of medical fields, including respiratory medicine, cardiology, neurology, paediatrics, dentistry and psychology.

The program is delivered online by internationally recognised clinicians, academics and researchers and is suitable for training domestic and international clinicians from a range of professional backgrounds – including dentists, scientists, nurses and psychologists.

  • Our postgraduate programs are taught by clinicians, academics and researchers who have had a major impact on the advancement of research and treatment of sleep disorders, and
  • Our courses provide an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of sleep medicine and offer a firm basis for those who wish to work in the field.

Who should study this course?

This course is for graduates with either a medical degree or a background in a relevant health or science discipline. 

Please note: applications for semester two entry are not open in 2020. Applications will re-open for student to apply for Semester 1, 2021. 

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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. 

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for Semester 1, 2019. All applications received by 11 February 2019 will be considered for a CSP.

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 (March) 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. 

Not available to student visa holders. Available by online mode to eligible international students. 

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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Course options

The sleep medicine is available through two pathways - the Master of Medicine (for medical graduates), and the Master of Science in Medicine (for non-medical graduates). The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

Course options for medical graduates:

Course options for non-medical graduates:

We also offer short courses in sleep medicine.

What you'll study

The Master of Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine) is made up of 48 credit points and consists of 2-4 years of part-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

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 Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine) requires:

  • the successful completion of an embedded degree program (Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma) with a minimum credit average; or
  • a bachelor degree in a health or science-related discipline with honours; or
  • a bachelor degree plus a postgraduate degree in a health or science-related discipline.

Applicants must also provide evidence of at least 12 months of relevant work experience.

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.

Future study options

Students who have completed the compulsory research unit and achieved an average of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream specific units of study will be eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced). Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. 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.

Career Pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career within the general field of sleep medicine, or for professionals already working in the area of sleep medicine.
Professor Sullivan

Meet the Program Director

Professor Colin Sullivan

Professor Colin Sullivan has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of sleep apnoea and other sleep disorders. He invented the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and was instrumental in developing the first adult and paediatric sleep laboratories in Australia.

Professor Sullivan continues to innovate with his most recent development, a non-contact device to record breathing during sleep.

Domestic students

International students

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