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Master of Surgery (Surgical Sciences)

Fast track your career in surgery. 

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Overview

Accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Master of Surgery (Surgical Sciences) provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills to apply the best available research evidence to surgical patient care, and broaden their knowledge base through a range of elective units of study.

This stream of the Master of Surgery is coursework based, comprised of a range of core and elective units, and is designed for those embarking on a surgical career who are preparing to sit for the GSSE Part 1 Examination.

As a surgery student, you will learn from highly regarded clinicians and academics at the Sydney Medical School. The knowledge you develop will complement the practical experience you can obtain through the RACS training program, and augment your research, leadership and communication skills. This course is not a qualification to practice surgery.

Our degrees are very relevant to postgraduate students who aspire to an academic or teaching hospital career, in addition to potential employers who look to the acquisition of a postgraduate degree in surgery as a desirable condition of appointment.

Further information

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

Please note that international students wishing to apply for the Master of Surgery should contact the Discipline of Surgery prior to submitting an application. Eligibility for an Australian Student Visa includes minimum requirements regarding face to face teaching. This degree is not available offshore to international students. 

Specialisations

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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How to apply

What you'll study

The Master of Surgery (Surgical Sciences) 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 stream specific core units (24cp). Students also complete 18 cp of elective units of study chosen from the list of elective units offered by the school.

Units of Study

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 Handbooks Online 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.

Professional 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.

Future study options

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

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.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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