Doctor of Clinical Surgery

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery aims to prepare you to become a surgical leader with attitudes and skills that meet the challenges of modern specialist surgical practice. This degree will also enhance your research skills for an academic career.

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery combines surgical studies and training with research. Depending on your previous clinical experience and qualifications you may be granted advanced standing of up to 66 credit points for the clinical coursework units of study. The course work includes all aspects of surgical practice and in particular communication, behavioural, ethical, attitudinal, health economic and medicolegal aspects of surgical practice as well as operative, psychomotor and cognitive aspects. The assessment of operative and psychomotor skills will be competence based. You will undertake clinical coursework in an approved University of Sydney training hospital under the supervision of a University nominated training supervisor. These hospitals are certified and accredited on a regular basis. Surgical practice for the clinical coursework component is available in the following areas: cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, upper GI surgery, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, breast endocrine surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology head & neck surgery, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric surgery, plastic & reconstructive surgery.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery consists of 144 credit points (cp), including 18 core units (108cp) and 6 elective units of study (36cp). The core units include 36cp as a research dissertation and a 6cp capstone unit of study.

In each semester, you will enrol in two clinical surgery units (unless exemptions are granted), one research unit and one elective unit of study. The capstone unit will be completed in the final semester of the degree. In special circumstances you may apply to undertake two elective units in one semester, which would require you to undertake two research units of study the following semester.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the school to provide students with an opportunity to draw together their learning, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

For the Doctor of Clinical Surgery, all students complete the Clinical Surgery Capstone unit of study, as the capstone experience. This unit of study aims to consolidate the psychomotor, cognitive, literature review and communication skills learnt throughout the course, and that are necessary to develop a career in surgery. The satisfactory completion of the capstone unit of study is a requirement for the award of the degree.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery combines surgical studies and training with research and prepares students to become a surgeon. It may also prepare students for specialist recognition. Students are advised to gain approval for recognition of the Doctor of Clinical Surgery course in their particular jurisdiction and to ensure that the Doctorate meets the standards for training in their jurisdiction and through their nominated specialist recognition authority.

Course accreditation

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery does not give graduates automatic specialist recognition as each country and territory has various regulations and examinations that may or may not be necessary to be approved as a specialist. Specialist recognition may require an additional year or two years (depending on the jurisdiction) in supervised specialist posts or in full time research. Students are advised to gain approval for recognition of the Doctor of Clinical Surgery course in their particular jurisdiction and to ensure that the Doctorate meets the standards for training in their jurisdiction and through their nominated specialist recognition authority.

Further study

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy 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.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/courses/short-courses.php

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Doctor of Clinical Surgery will:
(a) hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
(b) have provided evidence of excellence in both undergraduate and postgraduate study; and
(c) have passed an interview or examination or other requirement as determined by the school; and
(d) have possessed advanced postgraduate knowledge of anatomy, surgical pathology and applied physiology acquired either by a relevant postgraduate degree or equivalent experience; or
(e) have completed the Basic Training Requirements of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent; or
(f) hold a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, or equivalent.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (a) directly to the University, or (b) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Clinical Surgery.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Clinical Surgery.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.