Surgery

Admission requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences requires a medical degree or enrolment, and successful completion of all preclinical studies, in a graduate-entry medical program.

In general, admission into the Master of Surgery requires a medical degree, plus, a traineeship with the relevant surgical training program or employment as a resident medical officer in an Australian hospital, or a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

See the course rules for further details.


Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences requires:

  • a medical degree; or
  • enrolment, and successful completion of all preclinical studies, in a graduate-entry medical program.

Admission to the Master of Surgery requires:

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences requires the successful completion of 24 credit points of graduate certificate core units of study.

The Master of Surgery requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points of Master of Surgery core units of study; and
  • 18 credit points of dissertation units of study or 24 credit points of stream specific core units of study; and
  • a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units of study.

Pattern of enrolment

The following tables provide examples for structuring programs of study.

Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences students must complete the required credit point value of graduate certificate core units of study.

Gradute certificate core units of study

Core Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

Graduate Certificate students must complete 24 credit points of core units of study

Available Semester 1 and Semester 2

SURG5034
Surgical Anatomy based on RACS Part 1

 6  face to face (day)

PATH5000
Surgical Pathology

 6  online

Available Semester 2

SURG5031
Surg Skills and Pract Professionalism

 6  face to face (evening)

SURG5032
Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons

 6  face to face (evening)
Total stream specific core credit points  24  

Master of Surgery - all streams

Master's students must complete the required credit point value of core units of study, and elective units of study.

Master's students must additionally complete the required credit point value of dissertation or stream specific core units of study.

The Surgical Skills stream requires students to complete 24 credit points of stream-specific core units of study.

The Surgical Sciences stream can be studied in either a online/distance or face-to-face mode. Students must complete 24 credit points of stream specific core units of study. If enrolling in the online mode, students must select electives from the online elective selection.

Students who wish to complete the Surgical Anatomy stream must successfully complete the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Surgical Skills (Surgical Anatomy), without graduating, to fulfill the stream specific core units of study requirements.

Masters core units of study

Core Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

All students must complete 6 credit points of core units of study

Available Semester 1

PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics

 6 online; face to face (day or evening)

Available Semester 1 and Semester 2

CEPI5100
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

 6 online; online/face to face (day)
Total Core credit points required  6  
Masters Elective units of study

Elective Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

Master students completing a stream through Dissertation must complete 24 credit points of elective units of study. Masters students completing a stream with stream specific core units of study must complete 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Available Semester 1

SURG5001
Practical Research Methods for Surgeons I

 6  face to face (day)

SURG5013
Safety in Surgery

 6  face to face (evening)

SURG5017
Microsurgery

 6  face to face (evening)
SURG5020
Advanced Laparoscopic Abdominal Anatomy
 6  face to face (evening)

SURG5034
Surgical Anatomy based on RACS Part 1

 6  face to face (day)
SURG5035
Surgical Research and Evaluation
 6  online
PATH5000
Surgical Pathology
 6  online

Available Semester 2

SURG5003
Practical Research Methods for Surgeons II

 6  face to face (day)

SURG5011
Imaging Surgical Patients

 6  face to face (evening)
SURG5012
Surgical Metabolism
 6  online
SURG5016
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
 6  face to face (evening)
SURG5017
Microsurgery
 6  face to face (evening)
SURG5022
Principles & Practice of Transplantation
 6  online

SURG5025
Adv. Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery

 6  block mode

SURG5031
Surgical Skills and Practical Professionalism

 6  face to face (evening)

SURG5032
Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons

 6  face to face (evening)
SURG5034
Surgical Anatomy based on RACS Part 1
 6  face to face (day)

SURG5036
Surgical Research: Translation & Innovation

 6  online
PATH5000
Surgical Pathology
 6  online
Dissertation units of study

Dissertation Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

Masters students must complete 18 credit points of dissertation units of study or 24 credit points of stream specific core units of study

Available Semester 1 and Semester 2

SURG5007
Dissertation A

 9  supervision

SURG5008
Dissertation B

 9  supervision
Total Dissertation credit points  18  
Surgical Sciences - stream specific core units of study

Stream specific Core Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

Masters students must complete 24 credit points of stream specific core units of study

Semester 1

SURG5035
Surgical Research and Evaluation

 6  online

PATH5000
Surgical Pathology

 6  online

Semester 2

SURG5036
Surgical Research: Translation & Innovation

 6  online

SURG5012
Surgical Metabolism

 6  online

PATH5000
Surgical Pathology

 6  online
Surgical Sciences - online only elective units of study

Online Elective Units of Study Credit point

Masters students taking the Surgical Sciences stream in an online mode must complete 18 credit points of online elective units of study from the list below.

Semester 1

CEPI5102
Literature Searching

 2

PUBH5010
Epidemiology Methods and Uses

 6

PUBH5020
Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

 6

Semester 2

CEPI5102
Literature Searching

 2

CEPI5203
Introduction to Systematic Reviews

 2
PUBH5211
Multiple Regression and Stats Computing
 4

PUBH5212
Categorical Data Analysis

 2

PUBH5213
Survival Analysis

 2

PUBH5019
Cancer Prevention and Control

 6
Surgical Skills - stream specific core units of study

Stream specific Core Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

Masters students must complete 24 credit points of stream specific core units of study

Available Semester 1 and Semester 2

SURG5034
Surgical Anatomy based on RACS Part 1

 6  face to face (day)

PATH5000
Surgical Pathology

 6  online

Available Semester 2

SURG5031
Surgical Skills and Practical Professionalism

 6  face to face (evening)

SURG5032
Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons

 6  face to face (evening)