University of Sydney Handbooks - 2020 Archive

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Internal Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Internal Medicine)

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


Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma


Master (Advanced)

Credit points required to complete





Time to complete full-time

 0.5 year

1 year

1 year

1.5 year

Time to complete part-time

Min 2 years

Min 2 years

Min 2 years

3 -5 years


The Internal Medicine program is a collaboration between The University of Sydney and The University of Melbourne.

It provides exposure to a unique depth of teaching and clinical experience. It is primarily aimed at doctors undertaking physicians training, but also offers a strong background in internal medicine to established clinicians in internal medicine and trainees in emergency medicine, intensive care medicine and general practice.

In this program, you will advance your clinical knowledge and practice in your areas of interest, as well as develop expertise in other areas important to your career.

The internal medicine specialty units of study are offered at two levels – basic and advanced. The basic units are broadly aimed at the level of knowledge expected for the FRACP Basic Training examination, while the advanced units offer greater depth in these specialty areas. There are a variety of elective units that include clinical reasoning, medical education, statistical analysis, grant writing, and other research skills. Research options are available to high achieving students.

You will benefit from 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 rotations to suburban, rural and regional hospitals.

Only medical graduates with full or conditional registration in Australia or New Zealand are admitted to the Internal Medicine degrees. Candidates must be working in a clinical setting, or have prior clinical work experience, in Australia or New Zealand. This combination of study and full time employment means that you should allow a minimum of two years for completion of the Master's degree and we expect that the majority of students will take longer than this.

Course outcomes

The program is 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 focusses on clinical skills, rational use of investigative technologies, appropriate therapeutic decision making and patient centered management. It assumes a working knowledge of the basic medical sciences. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice while providing guidance in areas where the evidence base is lacking or inconclusive.

Course Information

The program is designed and delivered by experienced clinicians from teaching hospitals affiliated with The University of Sydney and The University of Melbourne.

The case-based learning and comprehensive lecture program ensures that the course is clinically relevant. All the learning materials in the core, discipline based, units of study are provided online. The capstone unit provides an intensive face-to-face learning opportunity to consolidate and reinforce learning outcomes as well as an opportunity for you to interact with senior clinicians and fellow trainees.

The course rules are found here.

Further enquiries

Associate Professor Leo Davies
Phone: +61 2 9036 6427
Website: Postgraduate study in medicine