University of Sydney Handbooks - 2016 Archive

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Critical Care Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)*

Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)*

Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)*

Master of Medicine (Advanced)(Critical Care Medicine)*


Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2016)

Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2016)

Master of Science Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2016)

Master of Science Medicine (Advanced) (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2016)


* not open to international students in 2016
  Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Master Master (Advanced)
Course code (degree in Science in Medicine) GCSCMEDI1CCM GNSCMEDI1CCM MASCMEDI1CCM MASCMEAD1CCM
CRICOS code Medicine: 083649E*
Science in Medicine: 083650A*
Medicine: 083647G*
Science in Medicine: 083648F*
Medicine: 083643M*
Science in Medicine: 083721B*
Medicine: 083644K*
Science in Medicine: 083646G*
Degree Abbreviation GradCertMed(CritCareMed)
Credit points required to complete  24  36 48 60
Time to complete full-time  0.5 year  1 year 1 year 1.5 years
Time to complete part-time 1 - 2 years  1.5 - 3 years 2 - 4 years 2 - 5 years


The Critical Care Medicine program has been developed in response to requests from critical care specialists and trainees to increase educational opportunities in the specialties of emergency medicine, intensive care and anaesthetics.

The degree is tailored to produce well-rounded and analytical health care professionals.

The basic science curriculum of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, (ACEM), the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM), will be addressed, as well as a range of targeted stream-specific electives (eg Retrieval Medicine, Pain Management, Clinical Communication and Decision Making) and general elective subjects such as medical education, leadership and grant writing.

This course provides the opportunity to advance clinical knowledge and practice in areas of interest, as well as develop expertise in other areas important to career advancement.

A great benefit of the course will be interacting with similar people at a similar stage in their career, sharing knowledge and skills in a supportive environment, as well as making key contacts with leading experts in critical care.

The Master of Medicine and the Master of Science in Medicine have different admission requirements. Only medical graduates (ie those with a recognised medical degree) may be admitted to the Master of Medicine while non-medical graduates may be admitted to the Master of Science in Medicine.

Course outcomes

The program has been designed to ensure that the knowledge you gain can be applied to patient care and readily integrated into your day-to-day work. You will have an opportunity to learn the basic sciences, retrieval medicine and pain medicine, neurophysiology, communication and decision making, and the evidence and ethics relevant to the practice of critical care. You will gain insights and understanding into the key research that informs the practice of critical care medicine.

Course information

The program is designed and delivered by leading clinicians and academics from our teaching hospitals and the University. The flexible format combines interactive online delivery with short intensive face to face teaching sessions in some units, and is perfect for clinicians whose continuing education is limited by time and distance.

The wide-ranging experience and knowledge of teaching staff ensures an up-to-date coverage of topics and issues related to clinical practice and evidence-based medicine.

All unit of study learning material is provided online and the face-to-face teaching sessions are designed to consolidate and reinforce learning outcomes as well as provide an opportunity to socialise with your teachers and fellow students.


The Australasian College For Emergency Medicine has approved CEPI5100 and CRIT5008 for the purpose of fulfilling the Trainee Research Requirement (PUBH5018 is also approved for this purpose).

The Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care) satisfies the requirements for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ Scholar Role (Option B) provided that CEPI5100 Introductory Clinical Epidemiology, is included in the units studied. The Graduate Diploma in Medicine and the and the Master of Medicine (Critical Care) also satisfy the requirements of the Scholar Role (option B). Pre-approval must be sought but will be granted automatically for this course.

The Advanced option of the Master may be undertaken to fulfill the College of Intensive Care Medicine Formal Project requirements.

Further enquiries

Dr Rod Bishop
Phone: +61 2 9351 1964


Double Degrees

Please note that the Double Degree progam is not available in 2016

The following double degree programs are for International or AusAID students only. Domestic students can apply for admission to the two separate degrees : a master's degree as listed above, plus a Master of Philosophy (RMPHLMED1000).

Information about the Master of Philosophy can be found in the Research Section of the Handbook.

Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)/Master of Philosophy

Master of Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)/Master of Philosophy


  Master of Medicine/MPhil Master of Science in Medicine/MPhil
Course code
CRICOS code 083721B 083722A
Degree Abbreviation MMed(CritCareMed)/MPhil MScMed(CritCareMed)/MPhil
Credit points required to complete 96 96
Time to complete full-time 2 years 2 years