Dissertation information

The dissertation is based on a piece of research work that has direct relevance to your speciality in surgery. It should be a formal academic composition which clearly states the context and importance or relevance of the subject matter, specifies the research question(s) or aim(s), outlines existing knowledge which has a bearing on the research, describes methods used and results obtained, critically discusses these in the light of existing knowledge, and ends with the formulation of conclusions and/or recommendations.

The expected length varies according to the approach and subject matter, but the main text should not usually be longer than about 20,000 words (60 to 100 pages depending on type style and spacing).

Papers which have been published or accepted for publication and based on research carried out during the time of enrolment in the Master of Surgery are acceptable. Such publications should include additional information.

1. An introduction with more information on previous work by others than an Editor would let you write.

2. More details on Methodology including figures (if you wish as in 1 above).

3. Insert the paper at this point.

4. A commentary on the significance of the findings in language that an average medical graduate could understand.

How the dissertation units work

SURG5007 Dissertation A and SURG5008 Dissertation B are the two units that you must enrol in whilst working on your dissertation. That is, it is anticipated that candidates will work on a specified research project under their supervisor during both parts A and B of the dissertation unit.

Students must enrol in Dissertation A prior to, or concurrent with, Dissertation B and be enrolled in Dissertation B in order to submit their dissertation. Your dissertation is due for submission on the census date following the semester in which you enrol in Dissertation B:


 Enrolment in Dissertation B Date due 
 Semester 1 31st August same year
 Semester 2 31st March following year

Enrolment in Dissertation A and B

You only enrol in Dissertation A SURG5007 and SURG5008 once.

After enrolling in Dissertation B your project will need to be submitted by the appropriate due date (i.e. 31st August or 31st March).

Dissertation guidelines, registration & submission requirements

The dissertation guidelines, submission requirements and cover sheet are accessible below. Please note that all enquiries regarding the dissertation should be directed towards your supervisor in the first instance, or the Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator - Prof Pierre Chapuis.

Prior to enrolling in Dissertation A and B, please complete and email the Dissertation Registration Form to Farida Bolano in the Discipline of Surgery, farida.bolano@sydney.edu.au.