Surgery

Degree resolutions

Sydney Medical School resolutions and the printed handbook are the official statement of faculty policy. The resolutions contained in the printed handbook are accurate as at November 2014. If a conflict is perceived between the content of the printed handbook and information available elsewhere, Sydney Medical School resolutions and the information available in the handbook online shall always take precedence.

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Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences

Master of Surgery (by coursework)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
GCSURGSC-01 Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences
MASURGER-02 Master of Surgery

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

 

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

 

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences or the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills;
(b)
the Master of Surgery.
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

 

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
(2)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills is outlined in the resolutions for that course.
(3)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences 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-entry medical degree program offered by an Australian university;
and
(b)
satisfactory interview, satisfactory references, and approval by Head of Discipline or his nominee.
(4)
Admission to the Master of 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.

 

6 Requirements for award

(1)
Requirements for the award of the Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Skills are outlined in the resolutions for that course.
(2)
The units of study that may be taken for the courses are set out in the Table of Units of Study: Surgery.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences a candidate must successfully complete 24 credit points, including:
(a)
24 credit points of Graduate Certificate core units of study.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Surgery a candidate must successfully complete 48 credit points, including:
(a)
6 credit points of Master of Surgery core units of study; and
(b)
18 credit points of dissertation units of study or 24 credit points of stream specific core units of study; and
(c)
a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units of study.

 

7 Stream

(1)
The Master of Surgery is available in the following streams:
(a)
Breast Surgery
(b)
Cardiothoracic Surgery
(c)
Colorectal
(d)
Endocrine Surgery
(e)
Hand Surgery
(f)
Head and Neck
(g)
Neurosurgery
(h)
Orthopaedic
(i)
Otorhinolaryngology
(j)
Paediatric Surgery
(k)
Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
(l)
Surgical Anatomy
(m)
Surgical Oncology
(n)
Surgical Outcomes
(o)
Surgical Sciences
(p)
Surgical Skills
(q)
Transplant Surgery
(r)
Trauma Surgery
(s)
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
(t)
Urology
(u)
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery.
(2)
Candidates may transfer between streams with approval from Head of Discipline.
(3)
The degree of Master of Surgery shall be awarded in the stream in which the candidate enrols. The testamur for the degree shall specify the stream.

 

8 Credit for previous study

Credit from prior studies (other than from embedded courses) towards the Master of Surgery is limited to eight credit points.

 

9 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2015 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2015 who formally elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2015 and elect not to proceed under these resolutions complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.