University of Sydney Handbooks - 2020 Archive

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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)


Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma


Master (Advanced) 

Credit points required to complete





Time to complete

 0.5 - 2 years

 1 - 3 years

1 - 4 years

 1.5 - 5 years

Students wishing to undertake full-time study should contact the course coordinator.


Sleep medicine has 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 practical skills 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 with some experience in the sleep field. The courses provide a firm basis for vocational training in this discipline. It is suitable for medical practitioners, sleep technicians, nurses, dentists and other allied health professionals with an interest in sleep medicine.

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 (i.e. those with an MBBS or MD) 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. The same principle applies to the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses.

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.

Course information

The Course rules are found here.

Units of study are delivered online, incorporating lectures and self-directed learning tasks. In some units of study, candidates are required to make formal presentations and analyse case studies.

Students have the option of attending a one-week residential program held in late November each year. 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 online examination, assignments and presentations.

Further enquiries

Mark Norman
website: Discipline of Sleep