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.

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.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

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:

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.