Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences

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

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences comprises 24 credit points of units of study by coursework. It is intended for those who are interested in pursuing a career in surgery and successful application is subject to interview.

The coursework approach provides a pathway for medical graduates and advanced medical students to undertake study that will assist students in their preparation for the Generic Surgical Science Examination (GSSE) conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). This course also gives students the opportunity to complete the Graduate Certificate of Surgical Sciences concurrently with their MD/MBBS.”

Advanced medical students (those entering year 3 and 4 of the Sydney Medical Program, or those enrolled in other graduate medical programs who have completed their preclinical science studies) are eligible to apply to enrol in 1 unit of study per semester and complete the Graduate Certificate at the same time as completing their medical program.
There are four compulsory units of study (6 credit points per unit):
1. Surgical Skills and Practical Professionalism ( Concord Hospital)
2. Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons (main campus)
3. Surgical Anatomy based on RACS GSSE (main campus)
4. Surgical Pathology (online)

For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences program overview, stream requirements, units of study, timetables, academic coordinators and dissertation information please visit the Discipline of Surgery website.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences consists of 24 credit points of core units of study by coursework.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The course will provide a mechanism by which advanced medical students with an interest in pursuing a career in surgery, can articulate their medical studies with a concurrent, surgically focused, graduate certificate in surgical sciences.


Admission requirements

Admission to Graduate Certificate requires:
(a) a medical degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification, or enrolment in, and successful completion of all pre-clinical studies, in a graduate medical degree program offered by an Australian University.
(b) Satisfactory interview, satisfactory references and approval by Head of Discipline or his nominee.

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

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, 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 2015 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.