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Learn more about our online internal medicine program with Program Director, Associate Professor Leo Davies.

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Overview

The Internal Medicine program is the first of its kind in Australia. It is a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney which provides a unique depth of teaching and clinical experience.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; one capstone unit does have a face-to-face component. 

Why study this course? 

While the program is focused on doctors undertaking training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, it offers a strong background in internal medicine to trainees and established clinicians in emergency medicine, intensive care medicine and general practice who want to develop their knowledge and skills in adult internal medicine.

Flexible case-based learning will enable you to maximise the learning opportunities in your clinical exposure. You will advance your clinical knowledge and practice in areas of interest, as well as develop expertise in other areas important to career advancement. The basic stream specific units are aimed at the level of knowledge expected for the FRACP Basic Training examination, while the advanced units offer greater depth in these areas of study. 

A great benefit of the program will be the opportunity to interact with other doctors who are at a similar stage in their career, share knowledge and skills in a supportive environment, and make key contacts with Australia's leading physicians. The largely online nature of the course means that you can continue your educational program during rotation to suburban, rural and regional hospitals.

Who should study this course?

This course is for medical graduates who are working in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction and undertaking training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. It will also be useful for trainees and established clinicians working in emergency medicine, intensive care medicine or adult general practice.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Shared pool

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to student visa holders or to offshore international students. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Internal Medicine) requires the completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points of compulsory units of study
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study
  • 6 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

INTM stream specific units are offered at a basic and advanced level and over the next 2 years, all the major subspecialties will be available. It is recommended that students who are working full-time consider undertaking no more than 6 - 12 credit points per semester.

Please note most of the INTM stream specific units of study are 3 credit points. All other units are 6 credit points. All core learning material is delivered online and some units of study have an intensive face-to-face teaching session.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Internal Medicine) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and the following:

  • current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction
  • current or prior employment as a medical practitioner in a clinical setting in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually and may be changed without notice.

Future study options

Students who complete the requirements for the graduate diploma are eligible to transfer to the Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine).

Career Pathways

The program has been designed to enable you to diagnose, investigate and manage the common and important adult diseases of the organ systems. The knowledge you gain will be directly applicable to patient care and readily integrated into your day-to-day work.

The coursework will focus on clinical skills, rational use of investigative technology, appropriate therapeutic decision making, inclusive patient management, and assumes a working knowledge of the basic sciences.

The program will emphasise evidence-based practice while providing guidance in areas where the evidence base is lacking or inconclusive.

Domestic students

International students

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