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Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Research
Typical Duration: 2 Years
Typical UOC Per Session: 24
Min UOC Per Session: 3
Max UOC Per Session: 24
Min UOC For Award: 96
Master of Medicine (Research)

Program Description

This is a Masters level research program for postgraduate medical students in the Faculty of Medicine. Candidates must demonstrate ability to undertake research by the submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation. Candidates must have at least three years' experience of in the practice of medicine and be currently so engaged.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The degree of Master of Medicine by research may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who has demonstrated ability to undertake research by the submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation.

Program Structure

An approved candidate shall be enrolled in one of the following categories:
  • full-time attendance at the University;
  • part-time attendance at the University;
  • external - not in regular attendance at the University and using research facilities external to the University.
A candidate shall be required to undertake an original investigation or design on an approved topic. The candidate may also be required to undergo such examination and perform such other work as may be prescribed by the Committee.

The work shall be carried out under the direction of a supervisor appointed from the full-time members of the University staff.

The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed annually by the Committee following a report by the candidate, the supervisor and the head of the school and as a result of such review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.

A candidate shall be enrolled for a minimum of 96 units of credit (uoc) and up to a maximum of 144uoc. A full-time load during one Session is worth 24uoc and a part-time load is worth 12uoc.

  • Anatomy
  • Prince of Wales Medicine
  • South Western Sydney Medicine
  • St George Medicine
  • St Vincent's Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Rural Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Public Health & Community Medicine

Academic Rules

After commencement, the candidate will be reviewed by the School.
  1. For a full-time student, the review will conducted six months after commencement. The review will focus on the viability of the research proposal.
  2. Progress will then be reviewed within twelve months of the first review. If a candidate's progress during either review is found to be dissatisfactory, the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.
Thereafter, the progress of the candidate will be reviewed annually.

On completing the program of study a candidate shall
  1. submit a thesis embodying the results of the original investigation.
  2. give, in writing to the Registrar, two months notice of intention to submit the thesis.
The thesis shall present an account of the candidate's own research. In special cases work done conjointly with other persons may be accepted, provided the Committee is satisfied about the extent of the candidate's part in the joint research. The candidate may also submit any work previously published whether or not such work is related to the thesis.

Three copies of the thesis shall be presented in a form which complies with the requirements of the University for the preparation and submission of higher degree theses.

It shall be understood that the University retains the three copies of the thesis submitted for examination and is free to allow the thesis to be consulted or borrowed. Subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act, 1968, the University may issue the thesis in whole or in part, in photostat or microfilm or other copying medium.


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Qualification Requirements for Application

A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Higher Degree Committee of the Faculty of Medicine.

It must be noted that the Master of Medicine is intended for postgraduates who have medical degrees registrable in Australia and who are able to secure an appropriate appointment, salaried or otherwise, in a teaching hospital recognised by the University of New South Wales.

If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant, before being permitted to enrol, to undergo such examination or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe.

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