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Overview

Information for 2021 applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has re-developed the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. From 2021, the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy will be delivered under one new central name and course code. Both degrees are now available for application for 2021 commencement. The new courses will aim to offer greater research flexibility and interdisciplinary learning across all faculty areas of study. 

Research at the University of Sydney Medical School embraces health and medical research from fundamental molecular mechanisms through to clinical research and trials; from public health issues to health policy development.

Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving health through excellence in research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation. Our research is focused on both discovery and translating new discoveries into improved healthcare.

This course is aimed at those who intend to pursue a career in medical or health research or who wish to gain a competitive edge by demonstrating superior ability and research experience. It may also be used as a stepping-stone to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

With over 1600 active researchers at the Sydney Medical School, prospective students can choose from a huge number of research projects that are close to their interests and career ambitions and have at their disposal the full range of enabling disciplines across Sydney Medical School. Research degrees are available for both medical and non-medical graduates.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is aimed at those who intend to pursue careers in medical or health research or who wish to gain a competitive edge by demonstrating superior ability and research experience. The MPhil is a research degree in which students undertake supervised research leading to the production of a thesis.

The faculty may admit an applicant that has obtained at least a credit in the highest course available in the subject or subjects relevant to the proposed course of advanced study and research. Full-time MPhil students have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years to submit a thesis for examination. Part-time students have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years to submit.

Subject areas
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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 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

How to apply

Applications are open all year round. Apply well in advance (at least 6 weeks prior to your start date) to allow for a timely response to your application. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period. Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the How to Apply website.

Applications are open all year round. Apply well in advance of your start date to allow for a timely response to your application and necessary visa and travel arrangements. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period. Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the How to Apply website.

Research areas

Research students at Sydney Medical School may undertake research across the breadth of health and medical research, including but not limited to:

  • anaesthesia
  • anatomy and histology
  • cardiology
  • dermatology
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology and hepatology
  • general practice
  • geriatric medicine
  • haematology
  • infection and immunity
  • medical education
  • medical genetics
  • neurology
  • nuclear medicine
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • oncology
  • clinical ophthalmology and eye health
  • paediatrics and child health
  • pathology
  • pharmacology
  • physiology
  • psychological medicine
  • public health
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • surgery.

What you'll study

Units of Study

Applying for admission

How to apply

  1. Find a supervisor within the Faculty whose academic background aligns with your research. To start you can:
    You will need to provide the following in contacting a supervisor:
    • your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript
    • your CV/resume
    • the area of interest
    • why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor

  2. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal (see 'Preparing your research proposal').

  3. If you intend to study part-time, you will also need to supply:
    • evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for part-time enrolment
    • a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.
    • Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic transcripts and other supporting documents.
    • Applications are made via the University's online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now button on the right hand side of this page.

Note
Domestic students must submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for all scholarships.
For International students a small number of RTP scholarships (formerly known as IPRS) are available within the FMH, please discuss these options with your Prospective Supervisor.

Completion requirements

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

Admission criteria

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply in plenty of time, and even before completion of their current qualifying degree. In these circumstances, referee reports are essential as part of the application for admission. To apply for a Master of Philosophy, you need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability. In most cases, to be eligible to apply for a Master of Philosophy you will have:

  • a bachelors degree with first or upper second class Honours or
  • a masters degree performed at a high academic standard, and which includes a substantial component of original research, or
  • an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given Faculty.

This course is aimed at those who intend to pursue academic careers in medicine or a related field and can be undertaken in a range of medical specialisations.

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