Coursework programs

Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator
Prof Pierre Chapuis

+61 2 9351 3358

The Discipline of Surgery offers two coursework programs at postgraduate level: Master of Surgery (by coursework) and Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences. The Master of Surgery aims to offer clinicians the opportunity to learn the principles of applying the best available research evidence to surgical patient care and offers a range of elective units of study. The Master of Surgery also requires research stream students to submit a research dissertation on their speciality (streams offered are listed under "Areas of Study").

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences aims specifically to prepare students for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons General Surgical Science Examination (GSSE).

Our degrees are very relevant to postgraduate students who aspire to an academic or teaching hospital career, in addition to potential employers who look to the acquisition of a postgraduate degree in surgery as a desirable condition of appointment.

Areas of Study

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, safety in surgery, laparoscopic anatomy, surgical anatomy by whole body dissection, microsurgery, vascular and endovascular surgery, transplantation immunobiology and principles and practice of transplantation.

Masters candidates enrolled in the Surgical Specialty/Research Streams will also specialise in one of the following streams: Breast Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Hand Surgery, Head & Neck, Microsurgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic, Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Paediatric Surgery Surgical Skills, Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery.

Graduate Certificate In Surgical Sciences

The dual purpose of introducing a Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences is firstly to provide a pathway for advanced medical students or medical graduates to undertake a program of coursework study preparing them for the basic sciences (primary) examination conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (GSSE). The second purpose is to reduce the overall time currently required from entry to medical school to completion of surgical training. 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.

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.

Admission to Graduate Certificate requires:
(I)MB, BS or equivalent qualification 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.
(II)Satisfactory interview, satisfactory references and approval by Head of Discipline or his nominee.

*Stage 3 and 4 Sydney Medical students should complete and return the attached registration form prior to enrolment in units of study - Registration for Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences.

The cost is $1170.83 per credit point closing dates for applications
Semester 1 2015: January 31, 2015
Semester 2 2015: June 30, 2015

Career destinations

Our graduates will understand the principles of applying the best available research evidence to patient care. They will also have a knowledge of epidemiological methods, biostatistics, literature searching and controlled trials for clinical research, as well as an understanding of laboratory based methodology for those with a future interest in this academic surgical pursuit. Finally, for the academic surgical educator, a foundation for a career involving advancing academic undergraduate and postgraduate surgical education.