Study health in Australia at the University of Sydney

11 February 2017
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Home to the Opera House and Bondi Beach, Sydney is a welcoming, vibrant, multicultural city with that quintessential laid-back Aussie vibe.

Launch your career in medicine and health

Why study at the University of Sydney?

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and attracts people from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds from around the world. The city is home to famous buildings and beaches and is the cultural and professional hub of Australia. The University of Sydney was the first university founded in the Australia in 1850 and is the second largest university in the country. The University welcomes international students from around the world, adding to our multicultural and dynamic community.

We like to think we are the best university in Australia. And we’ve got the rankings to prove it. We are ranked:

The University of Sydney offers the largest range of health-related degrees of any Australian university. If you are interested in a career in health and you want to study in Australia, see what the University of Sydney has to offer you.

Medicine and health at the University of Sydney

Health is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia and around the world – nurses, pharmacists, allied health and health professionals of all kinds are in constant demand. With a diverse range of study options available at the University, you can choose the study path that best meets your career goals.

What can I study?

The University has six areas with which you can undertake medicine and health courses, offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The disciplines we offer are across:

Undergraduate health study options

We offer a large portfolio of undergraduate health courses that take anywhere from 3-4 years to complete. Intake is available in the first semester of each year (March) with a second intake offered for the Bachelor of Science (Health) in the second semester (July).

Undergraduate degrees are offered in:

Find out when to apply and key dates for undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate health study options

Gain a health qualification in just two years. Upgrade your undergraduate degree and take the next step in your career.

At the University of Sydney, we offer a number of graduate entry master’s degrees in health that you can complete, regardless of your previous undergraduate experience. In just two years, you could be a qualified occupational therapist, nurse or physiotherapist. Students in many of our postgraduate health degrees come from a wide range of backgrounds – from commerce to arts to science. Many have already been out in the workforce and are looking to make a career change into the health sector.

Graduate entry master’s degrees are offered in:

Graduate entry master’s applications are open from October to January of the following year for intake in March. For course specific application closing dates, please refer to the respective course page.

You can also apply to undertake postgraduate health courses in:

Meet some of our international students

Our students come from all over the world to study with us - here are some of their stories.

doctor and baby

"I studied in Canada in a commerce degree initially and decided to change paths. I thought that moving half way around the world would be a pretty cool adventure so I decided to come and study at Sydney” – Sean Hassan, Stage 4 Medical Student from Toronto, Canada.

female nursing students in scrubs, looking to the right

“It’s never too late to change your options or change your career path. I did my bachelor’s in biotechnology and I was really excited to hear about the opportunity of a graduate program [in nursing]. You can do a masters because you already have a bachelor’s degree and it doesn’t matter what you have done before” – Pavana Sampath, Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) student from India.

female dental student working on dummy

"Australian schools have an unmatched international reputation for quality of education, they exhibit cultural diversity, and are located in beautiful, livable cities.

"Studying in Australia has allowed me to pursue the degree I have always wanted, while also providing me the opportunity to live abroad and travel." – Yasmin Samiee, Doctor of Dental Medicine student from Ontario, Canada.

How do Australian-earned qualifications stack up overseas?

Because most health courses are regulated by professional bodies, you will need to have your Australian credentials assessed in your home country when you return to demonstrate your competency to practice.

This assessment ensures that the education and qualifications obtained in Australia are similar to the education and qualifications of a person educated in your home country. You may need to undertake an exam, a criminal history check as well as prove your language skills and then apply for a practising licence.

University of Sydney graduates are trained to think critically, be adaptable and globally aware - traits which serve our international graduates well upon completion of their course.

Before undertaking a professional health course in Australia, please check the registration requirements of your home country.

Still have questions? Here is information on everything an international student needs to know about studying at Sydney.

How to apply?

Search for the course you are interested in, using Find a Course.

Contact us or call: 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

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