Clinical Surgery

Admission requirements


Admission to Doctor of Clinical Surgery requires:

  • a medical degree;
  • evidence of excellence in study;
  • successful interview or examination; and
  • advance post graduate knowledge of anatomy, surgical pathology and applied physiology; or
    completion of the basic training requirements of the Australian College of Surgeons, or a Fellowship of the Australian College of Surgeons.


See the course rules for further details.

Course structure

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of units of study including:

  • 66 credit points - FRACS if applicable (credit for good standing)
  • 6 credit points – Capstone
  • 36 credit points – Thesis
  • 36 credit points – Elective units of study

Sample Pattern of enrolment

Generally, in each semester, students enrol in two clinical surgery units, (unless exemptions are granted), one research unit of study and one elective. In special circumstances a student may apply to undertake two electives in one semester but then must undertake two research units of study the following semester.

The general pattern for 36 credit points of research units are as follows, or Clinical Surgery Units. These can be undertaken according to the progress of your dissertation.

  • SURG6001 – (Surgical Research 1) Abstract
  • SURG6002 – (Surgical Research 2) Narrative Review/Aims
  • SURG6003 – (Surgical Research 3) Methods (Data Collation)
  • SURG6004 – (Surgical Research 4) Results
  • SURG6005 – (Surgical Research 5) Discussion/Future Directions
  • SURG6006 – (Surgical Research 6) Bibliography