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Study metabolic health at the University of Sydney

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Overview

There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and health professionals need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Our program is developed and delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health. It provides students with knowledge and skills to manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups, such as pregnant women.

This course is suited to nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health professionals with an interest in the field. It will provide you with a unique opportunity to study with your peers and network with clinical and academic leaders.

The course is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components held in the University's new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub. We adopt a case based format and provide online tutorials to facilitate discussion and analysis.

Why study metabolic health with us?

  • This degree has been developed and will be delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health.
  • This is a unique opportunity to study with like-minded peers and network with clinical and academic leaders.
  • The evidence will be presented using a case based format and there will be frequent online tutorials to facilitate discussion and to help the student apply their learning to ‘real world’ practice.
  • In a crowded employment market, this degree will signal your competence and interest in this rapidly evolving and important area of clinical practice.
  • The course is delivered online with intensive face-to-face components held in the University's new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub. 

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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. 

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 (March) 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

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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Course options

The metabolic health program is available through two pathways - the Master of Medicine (for medical graduates), and the Master of Science in Medicine (for non-medical graduates). The programs are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

The University of Sydney also offers courses in medicine as professional certificates, including in Metabolic Health and Metabolic Management.

To view the full list of professional certificates in medicine visit our website.

What you'll study

The graduate diploma 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; and
  • 6 credit points of stream specific or general elective units of study.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is largely taught online. Some of the MBHT units of study include an intensive face to face teaching session which must be attended or viewed online.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health) requires:

  • successful completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine; or
  • a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a health or science-related discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
  • Current registration as a nurse (Registered Nurse (Division 1)) or allied health professional in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction with a minimum of 12 months relevant work experience.

Applicants must also have a minimum 12 months of relevant work experience.

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

Program Director

Professor Stephen Twigg

Professor Stephen Twigg
Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes; Kellion Professor of Endocrinology; Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Professor Stephen Twigg’s research focuses on translational studies in blood glucose management and on the prevention, timely detection, stabilisation and reversal of diabetes and its complications. His research interests include exercise in diabetes and prediabetes, and organ complications of diabetes.

Professor Twigg, along with unit of study coordinators Dr Victoria Rudland, Professor Tim Gill and Dr Kelly Stanton, developed a series of evidence-based units of study covering the management of common metabolic health problems in an interactive format.

Student experience

Dr Lena Attebo, Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health)

Dr Lena Attebo
Executive Health Solutions

“The course introduced me to health professionals with similar interests to myself, and together we widened our knowledge by sharing our experiences. Interaction with my peers from all allied health fields was both enjoyable and educational, and let me gain an insight to different approaches to clinical scenarios.

“The program is unique, with evidence-based focus on the important practical aspects of caring for people affected by metabolic diseases. I have come out of the program with a better understanding of how to approach, manage and motivate my patients that are affected by obesity, diabetes, or metabolic syndromes."

Career Pathways

This course provides advanced postgraduate training for clinicians wishing to understand and manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups.

Future study options

On completion of the requirements for the graduate diploma students may be eligible to enrol in the master's degree.

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