Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery)

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

The Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery) is offered in 2 formats:

1. A combination of coursework and research, designed for those who see their future in the field of breast surgery. Having chosen this stream you will undertake a research project in breast surgery which will be the subject of your dissertation. In addition you will be required to undertake one core Unit of Study and 3 elective Units of Study. The program complements the practical experience you obtain through the hospital based training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

2. Coursework only, undertaking units of study that are designed for surgeons who have attained fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery or equivalent, and who are training or have completed training in breast surgery (see Course Outline below).

For further information about the Master of Surgery coursework program , stream requirements, units of study, timetables, academic coordinators and dissertation information please visit the Discipline of Surgery website.

Course outline

The Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery) consists of 48 credit points.

If you are completing via coursework and dissertation you are required to complete core units:

  • PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics or CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (6 credit points)
  • Dissertation A and Dissertation B (18 credit points) research in an area of your choice

You will also complete 24 credit points of elective units of study chosen from the list provided.

If you are completing via coursework only you are required to complete the following core units:

  • PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics or CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
  • SURG5037 Basic Science and Benign Breast Disease
  • SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs
  • SURG5039 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1
  • SURG5040 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 2

In addition you must complete 18 credit points of elective units of study chosen from the list provided. Please note if you choose the coursework option and commence your course in Semester 2 you will not be able to enrol in the breast surgery units of study (SURG5037, SURG5038, SURG5039, SURG5040) which must be completed in the correct sequence. You will be able to enrol in CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology or PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics or elective units of study.

For more information about units of study please see the Sydney Medical School

Handbook

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Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the coursework and dissertation option will understand the principles of applying the best available research evidence to patient care. They will also gain knowledge of epidemiological methods, biostatistics, literature searching and controlled trials, as well as an understanding of research methodology, ideal for those with a future interest in a career in a teaching hospital or in academic surgery. In addition, graduates will have acquired specific skills relevant to their surgical specialty.

Course accreditation

The knowledge that graduates develop through this course will complement the practical experience they obtain as advanced trainee in surgery at teaching hospitals through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (or equivalent) training program.

The breast surgery coursework has been developed in collaboration with Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand Inc (BreastSurgANZ), and it is expected that this coursework (or equivalent) will become a standard part of post-fellowship training in breast surgery.

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.

The School 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

Admission to the Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery) requires:
(a) a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or completion of the embedded graduate certificate;
and
(b) a traineeship with the relevant surgical training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent;
or
employment as resident medical officer in an Australian hospital, satisfactory interview, satisfactory references, and approval by Head of Discipline or his nominee;
or
a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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.

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).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.