Course FAQ

How many hours per week do I need to dedicate to course learning?

Graduate Certificate of Medicine M4029

Each 12 credit point unit (students choose two units from a choice of POM5101, POM5102, POM5103) is quite intensive and we suggest 20 to 24 hours per week of study commitment for each unit to view the lectures, complete the reading packages and dedication to research in answering the course work (essays, group discussions and short answer questions).


Master of Medicine M6033

The three 12 credit point units (POM5101, POM5102, POM5103) are quite intensive and we suggest 20 to 24 hours per week of study commitment for each unit to view the lectures, complete the reading packages and dedication to research in answering the course work (essays, group discussions and short answer questions).

The two 6 credit point capstone project units (POM5105 and POM5106) are less intensive but still require a suggested minimum of 10 to 15 hours of study dedication for each unit. These 2 units can be studied concurrently (or separately) with POM5106 the last enrolled unit/s of the course.

Can I take study leave (i.e. intermission) during the course?

Intermission (study leave) can be granted for up to 12 months (i.e. two semesters either taken together or separately) during the duration of the course. To apply, please complete an Intermission Application Form (link to our forms) and email the form to the Department of Anaesthesiology Course Administrator at med-periopmedicine@monash.edu


Intermission applications can be submitted at any time, keeping in mind the census date for applicable semester/s.

What is a census date?

The census date is:

  • the last day before you become liable for fees for the units you're enrolled in.
  • the last day you can withdraw from a unit without Withdrawn showing on your academic record (there are some exceptions)

You have until 11.59pm on the census date to make changes to your units without financial or academic penalty.

When does access to the online course material open and close?

Enrolled students receive a Welcome Package to their Monash student email account one week prior to the official semester start date for each enrolled unit.

Unit content is released on a weekly basis (as appropriate) and assessment tasks have a set release date and due date.


Content is unable to be released outside of this period. If you have planned leave during the semester you will need to manage your study commitments as required.


For all units, access to the unit material/web closes immediately after the end of the semester.


Please refer to the Monash official semester start and finish dates at Semester Dates

Can I have ongoing access to the online material once I have completed the course?

Course material is only available for the duration of the applicable semester study period.

I am considering studying the Master of Medicine; do I receive credit for units studied as part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine?

Yes, you do! The two units studied are eligible for credit towards your Masters’ degree. You will then need to complete 3 more units. These are either POM5101, POM5102, or POM5103 (depending on which unit you did not complete as part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine) in addition to both POM5105 and POM5106 capstone project units.

I have completed the Graduate Certificate; how do I apply for the Master of Medicine?

Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate, you are eligible to apply for the Master of Medicine during the next open admission period. Your units studied in the Graduate Certificate will be credited towards the Master of Medicine (subject to meeting the 7-year credit recency policy and unit content not changing significantly over this period).

I have completed the Graduate Certificate; how long can I take to decide whether I want to continue studies with the Master of Medicine?

You have 7 years from completing the Graduate Certificate to enrolling into the Master of Medicine for successfully completed units to be credited to the Masters.

Can you provide examples of capstone projects for the Master of Medicine?

Please visit (link to the list in the capstone FAQs section) for project ideas. Capstone information is available at https://master.periopmedicine.org.au/index.php/about-course/assessments/capstone-project

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Admissions FAQ

Can I apply for part-time and change to full-time later (and vice versa)?

Graduate Certificate of Medicine

Unfortunately, no. Due to unit scheduling and the short course duration, students can study either full-time (available semester 1 only) or part-time (available semester 1 and 2) at the time of applying.


Master of Medicine

Yes, subject to unit availability and course progression. Please contact us for more information. If you are unsure of your ability to devote time to study, students are encouraged to begin part-time.

Can I apply for either course if I have a Bachelor of Science?

Unfortunately, no. The academic entry requirement is a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science (MBBS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD). You are welcome to apply when you meet this (and other) admission requirements.

What is meant by ‘2 years of clinical hospital medicine experience’?

Students need 2 years of clinical hospital medicine before being able to apply for the Graduate Certificate or Master of Medicine. For example, if a student graduates from a MBBS in November 2020 they are eligible to apply from the 2023 calendar year onward if they have continued with postgraduate medical trainee and placements during those two years. As the Master of Medicine program culminates in the student determining and submitting a capstone project, students need this experience to get the most out of the project.

If I can’t find a copy of my MBBS testamur/academic transcript, can I provide a Fellowship Certificate instead?

Unfortunately, not. As part of the Admissions Policy you must provide a copy of your MBBS testamur and academic transcript (list of results).

I am having difficulty accepting my offer and enrolling for the first time

Please contact us to assist via email address med-periopmedicine@monash.edu or phone +61 3 9903 0321 (9am to 5pm AEST)

How do I pay for the course and do I have to pay all at once?

Fees are charged per unit/s enrolled each semester. Students can pay fees each semester or full calendar year of enrolment. Statements are issued from 4+ weeks prior to semester commencement. The Monash Fees Department manages all student Fees. For further information and contact details please visit https://monash.edu/fees

How do I receive my fee statement (invoice)?

This is accessed through your Monash WES (Web Enrolment System) account or by contacting the Monash Fees Department.

What is the refund policy?

Enrolled students have until the census date at the beginning of each semester to withdraw from unit/s without financial and/or academic penalty (student amenity fees may still apply). The census date is when the University finalises your enrolment. If you withdraw after the census date you forfeit paid fees and are likely to incur an academic penalty.

Is fee assistance available?

Graduate Certificate of Medicine

The Graduate Certificate of Medicine is full fee-paying only. Students can apply for FEE-HELP if they are eligible to do so. Fee information is available at https://master.periopmedicine.org.au/index.php/course-m6033/fees
Commonwealth Supported Places were available for semester 1, 2021 domestic applicants only and for units studied in 2021 only.


Master of Medicine

The Master of Medicine is full fee-paying only. Students can apply for FEE-HELP if they are eligible to do so.
Fee information is available at https://master.periopmedicine.org.au/index.php/course-m6033/fees

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