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Sleep Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Sleep Medicine)*

Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Sleep Medicine)*

Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine)*

Master of Medicine (Advanced)(Sleep Medicine)*


Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine)*

Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine)*

Master of Science Medicine (Sleep Medicine)*

Master of Science Medicine (Advanced) (Sleep Medicine)*

* not open to international students on a student visa in 2016
  Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Master Master (Advanced)
ourse code (degree in Science in Medicine) GCSCMEDI1SLM GNSCMEDI1SLM MASCMEDI1SLM MASCMEAD1SLM
RICOS 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(SleepMedicine)
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


Sleep medicine has evolved into a new specialty with relevance across a number of fields, including respiratory medicine, cardiology, neurology, surgery, dentistry, paediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and nursing, with wider implications for health sciences and public health.

The program aims to provide comprehensive information on the theory and practice of sleep medicine through distance education; the courses provide training in clinical, theoretical and research techniques in sleep medicine and help to establish criteria for best practice in the field. These courses are suitable for those already working in the area of sleep medicine, or for those wishing to undertake a career change. The courses provide a firm basis for vocational training in this discipline.

The Master of Medicine (Sleep Medicine) and the Master of Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine) are essentially the same program with different admission requirements. Only medical graduates (ie those with an MBBS or equivalent) may be admitted to the Master of Medicine while non-medical graduates may be admitted to the Master of Science in Medicine. Students follow the same program of study, with the only difference being the title of the degree they are awarded on completion. Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Sleep Medicine or either of the master's programs complete the same 17 core units of study and an elective unit of study where students choose an adult or paediatric focus. Master's students will complete an additional three units of study (12 credit points) which focus on research skills and the practical components of sleep medicine.

Course outcomes

These courses provide students with the opportunity to gain an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of sleep medicine. As sleep medicine is relevant to so many areas of medicine and health care, it enables students to competently incorporate the new skills into their current practice. The courses also equip students with the skills to undertake research in this growing area of medicine.

Further information

The program is taught predominantly via the internet. Enrolled students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course website. Coursework units of study are delivered as online tutorials and self-directed learning tasks. In some units of study, candidates are required to make formal presentations and analyse case studies.

Internet conferencing technology ensures that students maintain regular contact with staff.

Students have the option of attending a one-week residential program in late November to early December of each of the first two years of enrolment. The practicum introduces candidates to the technical aspects of sleep medicine and is an excellent opportunity for students not involved in sleep medicine on a day-to-day basis, to gain valuable practical experience. The residential school is recommended but is no longer an essential component of the course.

Assessment is by formal examination (which is administered via the internet), assignments and presentations.

Further enquiries

Mark Norman
Phone: +61 2 9515 7311
Fax: +61 2 9550 3851