Surgery

Study Surgery at the University of Sydney

 

Sydney Medical School is home to one of the largest academic surgical departments in Australasia, delivering courses developed and taught by highly regarded clinicians and academics.

Our courses seek to equip you with the skills required to give your patients high quality treatment through the best possible use of evidence and improved surgical skills. Surgery courses are offered from the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences to allow a pathway for students and graduates to move into the surgical specialty through to the Doctor of Clinical Surgery, which aims to produce surgical leaders with the skills and attitude to meet the challenges of modern specialty practice.

Why study surgery with us?

  • The Surgery program has been developed and taught by clinical academics that are highly regarded in the profession
  • There is a wide set of surgical streams to select from, allowing you to pursue your particular field of interest, and
  • 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.

What will I study in Master of Surgery?

Some of the areas of study students may cover include:

  • practical research methods for surgeons
  • biostatistics
  • literature searching
  • surgical metabolism and imaging for surgical patients
  • physiology and pharmacology
  • surgical pathology
  • laparoscopic anatomy
  • surgical anatomy by whole body dissection
  • microsurgery
  • vascular and endovascular surgery
  • surgical research and evaluation
  • transplantation immunobiology and principles and practice of transplantation.

Master candidates enrolled in the Surgical Specialty/ Research Dissertation Streams will specialise in one of the following:

Students in these streams will complete a combination of coursework and research dissertation. Master candidates enrolled in the Surgical Sciences, Surgical Anatomy or Surgical Skills streams will complete coursework only (there is no dissertation for these streams).

Who should study these courses?

Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences
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) would be able to enrol in 1 unit of study (6 credit point per unit of study) per semester and complete the graduate certificate at the same time as completing their medical program. They would also have the option of applying their 24 credit points towards the Master of Surgery (Coursework) in place of the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences (only the longest award completed will be conferred.

Master of Surgery
The Master of Surgery program is designed to complement practical experience obtained through the hospital based training program of the RACS. This program is suitable for medical graduates who are one of the following: a current Fellow of the RACS (or equivalent), a registered trainee on the RACS Surgical Education and Training Program (or equivalent) or currently employed as an intern or resident medical officer in the public hospital system in Australia.

Doctor of Clinical Surgery
The Doctor of Surgery program involves a mix of clinical and non-clinical coursework and research to enhance skills for an academic career, and is designed to be undertaken in conjunction with the surgical training component of RACS. This program is suitable for medical graduates with an excellent academic record in their undergraduate and postgraduate career. The Discipline of Surgery sets additional requirements.

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy)
This program is suitable for non-accredited and accredited surgical residents. This is a comprehensive preparation for the anatomy component of the GSSE. The knowledge that graduates develop through this course will complement the practical experience they obtain as advanced trainees in surgery at teaching hospitals through the RACS (or equivalent) training program.

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)
This course is designed for Fellows of the RACS in General Surgery or equivalent, who are training or have completed training, in breast surgery. It is expected that this course or equivalent will become a standard part of post-fellowship training in breast surgery.

Graduate opportunities

The knowledge that graduates develop through this course will complement the practical experience they obtain as an 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 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.

Course options

Professional recognition / accreditation

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Master of Surgery, Graduate Certificate of Surgical Sciences and Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Skills) are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 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.

Embedded Courses in the Master of Surgery

Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for one of the above, a candidate may progress to the award of the Master of Surgery and only the longest award completed will be conferred.

Short courses / Professional development

The University of Sydney offers short courses in Surgery. Visit our Short Courses section to learn more about topics and dates.

Non-award study (single unit enrolment)

It is possible to complete almost any unit of study as a non-award student. For more information, please visit Single Unit Enrolment.