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Study metabolic health online at the University of Sydney

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This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study face-to-face or remotely in 2022. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.

About this course

The Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health) is a highly practical degree that has been designed to help students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the aetiology, diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment of metabolic diseases.

Almost two in three adult Australians are overweight or obese, with obesity the second highest contributor to the burden of disease (both ill health and premature death) after dietary risks. Equally as important, diabetes is estimated to affect 1.7 million Australians, with one person developing diabetes every five minutes. Management options for both of these conditions are growing but are also becoming more complex.

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; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

Why study metabolic health with us?

Our metabolic health program allows you to gain a qualification in a rapidly evolving and important area of clinical practice. It is suitable for medical practitioners working in primary care, emergency medicine, paediatrics and those planning to train in endocrinology and general medicine. 

During this course you will be taught by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health as you learn how to manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population, as well as in at-risk populations such as pregnant women, the elderly, those with mental illness and in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. 

  • 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

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

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 - 31 January 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. International students on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 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 masters requires the completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of compulsory units of study
  • 24 credit points of stream specific units of study
  • 12 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 stream specific unit 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 Master of Medicine (Metabolic Health) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

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

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

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

Students with excellent results may be eligible to enrol in the Master of Medicine (Advanced) and complete a 12 credit point research project. Students are guided through the steps to plan and execute a substantial research project, and prepare a scholarly work which may be a paper for publication.

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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