Research programs

Postgraduate Coordinator
Prof John Fletcher
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Phone: +61 2 9351 2042

Research students in the Discipline of Surgery undertake supervised research, the major component of which is a research project leading to the production a thesis. We offer supervision for the Master of Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) research programs.

The research masters and doctoral degrees have two purposes. One is to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution to a particular field of study, while the other is to train candidates in general areas of research methodology, equipping them which skills which will serve them in any area of research.

Master of Surgery

The Master of Surgery is aimed at those who intend to pursue careers in surgical research.

Admission requirements
Admission to the Master of Surgery requires a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) from the University of Sydney or another approved institution. Candidates must also produce evidence of advanced surgical training either by possession of a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) or equivalent postgraduate diploma or other qualification deemed equivalent by the Medical School; or by satisfying the requirements of the Primary Fellowship examination of the RACS or equivalent body and by being an accredited trainee in surgery, i.e. by producing evidence of acceptance in or completion of an advanced accredited surgical training scheme of the RACS or equivalent body acceptable to the Medical School; or by being able to pass a clinical examination in surgery as determined by the Medical School on the recommendation of the Head of the Discipline of Surgery.

Program structure
Full-time MS students have a minimum of 2 years and maximum of 3 years to submit a thesis for examination. Part-time students have a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 4 years to submit. The word limit for a thesis submitted to Sydney Medical School is 80,000 words. MS students are not normally required to attend classes or undertake coursework units of study, with the thesis being the only or major examinable assessment requirement for the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)

The PhD in Sydney Medical School is aimed at those who intend to pursue careers in medical or health research.

Admission requirements
Entry normally requires a master's degree, a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) or a bachelor's degree with first or second class (division I) honours from the University of Sydney or another approved institution.

Program structure
Full-time PhD students have a minimum of 3 years and maximum of 4 years to submit a thesis for examination. Part-time students have a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years to submit. The word limit for a thesis submitted to Sydney Medical School is 80,000 words. PhD students are not normally required to attend classes or undertake coursework units of study, with the thesis being the only or major examinable assessment requirement for the degree.

How to apply

Application procedures are outlined on the Faculties of Health postgraduate website.

Students are encouraged to make direct contact with surgery’s postgraduate research coordinator in order to discuss potential research topics, ensure that appropriate research facilities are available and to find out about potential supervisors with expertise in a relevant field before submitting an application form.