Range of courses

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The postgraduate surgery program offers a range of courses for medical graduates, surgical trainees and surgeons. There is a wide choice of coursework, allowing you to tailor a program to your interests.

The knowledge you develop in our courses complements the practical experience you can obtain through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) training program, and will augment your research, leadership and communication skills.

For detailed information, including admission requirements and Core units, please see the Surgery flyer.

Please also refer to The University of Sydney Medical School Handbook 2018

Range of courses 2018

Master of Surgery | Grad Cert in Surgical Sciences | Grad Cert in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy) | Grad Cert in Surgery (Breast Surgery) | Doctor of Clinical Surgery

Master of Surgery

The Master of Surgery (coursework) provides clinicians with the knowledge base and skills necessary for a Surgical career and to apply the best available research evidence to surgical patient care to broaden their knowledge base through a range of elective units of study.

You will enter one of five streams: surgical anatomy, surgical sciences, surgical skills, breast surgery or a surgical research stream and complete a core unit in epidemiology or biostatistics to meet the requirements of the degree.

Research streams require the completion of a dissertation and are available in all sub-specialties.

The Master of Surgery is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Students may credit units of study completed for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Surgical Skills, Surgical Sciences or Breast Surgery to the Master of Surgery, providing they do not graduate from the Graduate Certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences provides an opportunity for medical students and graduates to prepare for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) primary examination. See the Surgery flyer for more details.

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy)

The Surgical Anatomy stream provides a sound knowledge and understanding of the human anatomy that underpins successful surgical practice through a series of whole-body cadaveric dissections taught in small groups by highly specialised surgeons. This course is regarded as the very best in anatomy tuition and places are limited. You need to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills to complete surgical dissection units of study. These units of study can be credited to the Master of Surgery, providing you do not graduate with a Graduate Certificate. It is possible to enrol in both courses concurrently. See the Surgery flyer for more details.

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

This course provides surgeons with the latest in-depth knowledge of breast oncology and breast surgical and oncoplastic techniques. It is the first formal educational credential for specialist breast surgery in Australia and New Zealand and has been endorsed by BreastSurgANZ.

The comprehensive curriculum will supplement the practical experience you acquire while undertaking your BreastSurgANZ training fellowship. A supportive learning environment will help you to understand and apply evidence and refine your clinical care of patients. As well as enhancing your surgical practice, it will enable you to participate effectively in multidisciplinary team meetings.

The degree is also suitable for post-fellowship trainees, and individual units of study can be completed outside of the degree to tailor, enhance or update your knowledge and theoretical understanding of a broader range of surgical options for practising breast surgeons.

Leading Australian clinicians have contributed to the program, including breast and plastic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, epidemiologists, breast physicians and psychologists.

The course can also be undertaken at master’s level with the addition of core and elective units of study. Some units of study may be undertaken by non-enrolled students as a short course. Breast surgery is the only sub-specialty that can be completed either by a combination of coursework and dissertation or via coursework only.

Doctor of Clinical Surgery


The Doctor in Clinical Surgery is attained by a combination of clinical, non-clinical coursework and research. The course aims to produce surgical leaders with attitudes and skills that allow them to meet the challenges of modern surgical specialist practice. Furthermore, completion of the doctorate allows students to develop research skills which equip them to plan an academic career.

Surgical training in Australia or New Zealand in under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The Doctor of Clinical Surgery is designed to be undertaken in conjunction with the surgical training program of the Royal Australasian college of Surgeons to augment research, leadership and communication skills. Candidates who have already completed surgical training in Australia or a recognized surgical training program elsewhere, will benefit from undertaking the Doctorate of Clinical Surgery for its further non clinical study opportunities and research skills development.


Candidates must possess a medical degree and show evidence of excellence in both their undergraduate and postgraduate career. Candidates who possess a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, or equivalent, may be granted an exemption of up to 66 credit points. Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Additional requirements are set by the Discipline of Surgery and will include an interview.


In general in each semester, students enroll in 2 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 unit’s of study the following semester.

For further information please go to http://sydney.edu.au/courses/programs/postgrad-clinical-surgery/doctor-of-clinical-surgery.