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Study metabolic health at the University of Sydney

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Overview

This course is only available to students currently enrolled in the Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health) who meet the requirements for admission (see below).

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 suitable for medical practitioners working in primary care, emergency medicine, paediatrics and those planning to train in endocrinology. 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, and
  • Face-to-face teaching will be delivered in the University’s new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility – the Charles Perkins Centre.


Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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. 

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 (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. International students 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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The master of medicine (advanced) requires the completion of 60 credit points of units of study including:

  • 48 credit points of coursework units required for the master's
  • 12 credit points of project units of study.

Students complete a research project in an area of specific interest relevant to their master's degree. Students will be guided through the steps required to plan and execute a substantial research project, and prepare a scholarly work which may be a paper for publication.

If you are interested in this option it is recommended that you complete PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics as one of your elective units.

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree.

Metabolic Health course structure (pdf, 101KB)

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Metabolic Health) requires:

  • completion of the requirements for the Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health)
  • an average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream units of study
  • any other requirements as stated by the faculty at the time of application.

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

Course opportunities

The advanced course is available to people currently enrolled in the Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health) with a weighted average mark of 75% in at least 24 credit points compulsory and/or stream units of study

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.

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

“I stumbled on the degree by chance, and the content piqued my interest. I encounter metabolic conditions daily in my practice, and they are becoming more prevalent in the community. 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.

“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.”

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School.

A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

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.

Domestic students

International students

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