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Postgraduate research in Medicine and Health

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is comprised of six schools and ten clinical schools. It brings together the areas of:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Medical Sciences
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Public Health, and
  • Pharmacy.

The following research degrees are offered:

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Master of Surgery (Research)
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Dental Science, and
  • Doctor of Medical Science.
What is a research degree?

A research degree is a degree in which much of work is self-directed study with supervision by a group of academics, working on a project that aims to make an original contribution to knowledge. Some degrees require a limited amount of coursework, but at least two thirds of the degree must be by research for the degree to be considered a higher degree by research.

Apart from any required coursework, the assessment of a research degree is through the examination of a thesis written by the student. The thesis is sent to a group of examiners and their recommendations form the basis for the outcome of the examination.

Application information

Information on how to apply can be found in Sydney Courses: