Current - Master of Medicine Course M6027

For Current Students Only


Course code M6027
Managing faculty Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated title MMed or GradDipMed
Total credit points required 72
Standard duration of study (years)

1.5 years Full Time, 3 years Part Time.
This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and location Multi modal
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. +61 9903 0321 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course coordinator

Professor Paul Myles and Dr Jamie Smart


  1. This course is only available to Domestic Students (i.e. Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, a holder of Australian permanent humanitarian visa, and a New Zealand citizen.)
  2. This course is predominantly online but Elective Units do have Mandatory Block day(s) to attend in Melbourne

Who the course is aimed at?

This Master of Medicine is recommended for medical practitioners who manage patients in the perioperative period, and those who want to improve practice in this area.

Specifically, this course would be recommended for the following:

  •  Anaesthetists
  •  Intensivists
  •  Physicians
  •  Surgeons
  •  Pain Specialists
  •  Emergency Physicians
  •  General Practitioners

Whilst the course has predominantly attracted and is most benefit to, specialist groups and aimed at postgraduate level, we also accept trainees and junior clinicians.

Please note:
The Master's Core Units are quite intensive and we suggest 20 to 24 hours per week of study commitment to view the lectures, reading packages and dedication to research in answering the course work (essays, group discussions and short essays).



This course is designed to meet the needs of registered medical practitioners by equipping its candidates to work competently and effectively in this ever-changing medical environment.

Surgical patients are getting older and sicker. Many clinicians caring for surgical patients are challenged by the growing complexity of these patients, particularly their perioperative management. Pre-admission clinics are responding, and perioperative medicine is becoming an emerging field. This course addresses deficiencies in this area.

The course is conducted by Monash University (Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine), in conjunction with the Alfred Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.



Key objectives of the perioperative medicine component are to:

  1. Provide clinicians with information to care for the growing complexity of surgical patients.
  2. Provide a greater understanding of the importance and functioning of the pre-admission clinic.
  3. Equip the perioperative physician to risk stratify and optimize care of the patient in the perioperative period.
  4. Collaboratively manage the patient in the perioperative period, in particular the perioperative management of patients with acute medical, cardiac, and other organ dysfunction.
  5. Equip the perioperative physician with the managerial skills to lead a multidisciplinary perioperative management team.
  6. Equip the perioperative physician with basic research skills to further perioperative medicine research.

Credit for prior studies

Credit for the unit POM5001 (Perioperative management of the cardiac patient) applies to all students who have previously completed the Perioperative Medicine Short Course from 2009 to 2013 only.
There is no credit for completing the short course from 2014 onwards.

For credit of units from other universities, students will need to complete a Credit Application Form and provide supporting evidence for it to be considered. This can only be assessed once enrolled into the course. Contact the course administrator for further information.


Admission Requirements

Entry requirements for the Master of Medicine are:

  1. You must be a domestic student.
    •  Conditions: A domestic student is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, a holder of Australian permanent humanitarian visa and a New Zealand citizen.
    •  Document required: Birth certificate or applicable Visa
  2. Have a completed MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery).
    •  Documents required: MMBS Testamur, MBBS Academic Transcript, or Fellowship Certificate
  3. Meet English requirements
    •  Conditions: You must meet the minimum Monash English Language Requirement Policy.
    •  Documents required: You must meet and supply evidence of ONE of the following:
      1.  Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or final year high school

        Successful completion of a final year high school qualification, with: (1) English as an Additional Language (EAL): Minimum score of 30, and (2) Units 3 and 4 in any other English subject: Minimum score of 25. You need to provide evidence in the form of a VCE Certificate.
      2.  Tertiary and post-secondary studies

        Have studied at an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution, with completion of one and a half year (three semesters) of undergraduate study or one year (two semesters) postgraduate study. You need to provide evidence in the form of a letter or transcript from the institution.
      3.  English language proficiency test

        Your application must include one original test report meeting the minimum test results from either: (1) IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic), (2) TOEFL (American Test of English as a Foreign Language), (3) PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English), (4) Cambridge English. For minimum test results required see
      4.  English language courses at Monash College

        Successful completion of the Monash University English Language Bridging Program or equivalent. You need to provide evidence in the form of a letter or transcript.
    •  For further information on the Monash English Language Requirement Policy please visit

IMPORTANT: All documents submitted must be certified

Who can certify documents?
Documents submitted within Australia: Monash staff member, solicitor, pharmacist, justice of the peace, public notary, member of the police force, registered medical practitioner (MBBS), registered dentist, veterinary practitioner, principal in the state government teaching service, bank manager, member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, member of the CPA Australia, member of the Institute of Public Accountants, minister of religion (not a civil celebrant), Australian lawyer or Monash University registered agent.

Please upload certified documents at the time of admission or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Course Structure

This course consists of FOUR compulsory Core Units and the completion of 24 Credit Points from the Elective Units for the Masters OR FOUR compulsory Core Units for the Graduate Diploma

Core Units

  •  POM5001 Perioperative Medicine for the Cardiac Patient
  •  POM5002 Acute Perioperative Medicine
  •  POM5003 Organ dysfunction 1
  •  POM5004 Organ dysfunction 2

Elective Units (Select 24 Credit Points from below)

  •  MPH5213 Research methods (6 Credit Points)
  •  MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology (6 Credit Points)
  •  MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics (6 Credit Points)
  •  MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management (6 Credit Points)
  •  MPH5267 Principles of healthcare quality improvement (6 Credit Points)
  •  POM5005 Human factors for patient safety** (6 Credit Points)
  •  MAP5000 Research in advanced health professional practice (12 Credit Points)
  •  MAP5010 Advanced health practice research project (12 Credit Point)

** Please note POM5005 is offered from 2018


IT Requirements

The master of medicine is a largely distance based course. Online learning plays a major role in your study of the subjects. As such, it is vital to verify that you have the required computer software and Internet access so you can best review the material.

Access to the Masters Course Study content will only be available to enrolled students during the Semester to which the Unit is being completed.
Following conclusion of the applicable semester, access will be closed.

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Marking and Plagiarism

Marking of the core POM Units provides an overall grade of PGO (Pass Grade Only) or NGO (Non Pass Grade Only).

However, MPH Elective Units are marked and graded with a N (Fail), P (Pass), C (Credit), D (Distinction), or HD (High Distinction).

Please note that this may affect the overall GPA result.

Monash University Policy requires that is compulsory to apply plagiarism detection software to all student assessments. Please click here to read further details on this Policy



For more information regarding 2019 course fees,

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Master of Medicine (MMed) or Graduate Diploma of Medicine (GradDipMed)


Alternative exit(s)

Students who have successfully completed all four Core Units totaling 48 credit points (i.e. POM5001, POM5002, POM5003 and POM5004) and do not wish to, or are unable to continue with the master's program, will be able to exit the course with an award title of Graduate Diploma of Medicine.


Ask a question

Please click below to contact the Course Administrator: Ms. Catherine Pound