Master of Surgery (Cardiothoracic 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 at Sydney Medical School is designed to complement the practical experience you obtain through the hospital based training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The course is a combination of coursework and research.

This stream is designed for those who see their future in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Having chosen this stream you will undertake a research project in Cardiothoracic Surgery which will be the subject of your dissertation. In addition you will be required to undertake one core Unit of Study (PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics) or (CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology) and a minimum of 4 elective Units of Study.

For the Master of Surgery, all students complete a research project in their chosen areas under their Research stream. The dissertation is based on a piece of research work that has direct relevance to your specialty in surgery. It should be a formal academic composition which clearly states the context and importance or relevance of the subject matter, specifies the research question(s) or aim(s), outlines existing knowledge which has a bearing on the research, describes methods used and results obtained, critically discusses these in the light of existing knowledge, and ends with the formulation of conclusions and/or recommendations. The expected length varies according to the approach and subject matter, but the main text should not usually be longer than about 20,000 words (60 to 100 pages depending on type style and spacing).

For further information about the Master of Surgery coursework 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 Master of Surgery consists of 48 credit points (cp), including core units and elective units of study. Core units of study comprise introductory study in biostatistics (6cp) or Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology) and a research dissertation (18cp). You will complete a research dissertation in your chosen areas which involves enrolment in two units of study designated Dissertation A and Dissertation B. Students also complete 24 cp of elective units of study chosen from the list of elective units offered by the school.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

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. This course is not a qualification to practice surgery.

Graduates of the Master of Surgery by coursework will understand the principles of applying the best available research evidence to patient care. They will also have a knowledge of epidemiological methods, biostatistics, literature searching and controlled trials as well as an understanding of research methodology for those with a future interest in a teaching hospital or academic surgical career. 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.

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 Master of Surgery will :
(a) hold a Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent qualifications, from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
(b) have been a registered trainee on the relevant surgical training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent; or
have employment as resident medical officer in an Australian public hospital, achieved satisfactory interview, obtained satisfactory references, and approval by Head of Discipline or his nominee; or
have been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without the following qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed to be equivalent.

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.