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Graduate Certificate in Surgery

Study surgery at Sydney Medical School

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  • No.1 in Australia

    The University is ranked first in Australia and 33rd in the world for surgery in the U.S. News Top Global Universities Subject Rankings 2020. The discipline is also the largest academic surgical department in Australasia.

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  • Graduate outcomes

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

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Overview

Our flexible Graduate Certificate in Surgery will allow you to pursue your interests and develop knowledge and skills in surgical specialty areas as well as non-technical areas such as professionalism, leadership and research. 

Why study with us? 

  • Our surgery courses are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
  • As a surgery student, you will learn from highly regarded clinicians and academics at the Sydney Medical School.
  • We provide thoughtful, structured online learning that will influence your practice by enhancing your understanding of evidence-based medicine and improving your clinical decision making.
  • Our course can help you prepare for the GSSE.

How will you learn? 

The majority of our units are taught online and some have a short workshop component (1 or 2 days), with the exception of microsurgery which is taught face-to-face.

Who should study this course? 

Our surgery courses can help you achieve your goals including successful completion of the RACS GSSE, and enhancement of your CV for career opportunities. They will help you acquire important and sought after knowledge and skills, valuable for an academic or teaching hospital career  including basic subspecialty knowledge, critical thinking and critical appraisal.

Financing your studies 

  • You only pay for the units of study that you enrol in. This means you will be billed each semester and do not need to pay the entire course fee upfront. 
  • You may be eligible for FEE-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan. 
  • If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may be tax-deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office

Please note: this course is not a qualification to practise surgery.

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What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Surgery requires the completion of 24 credit points of surgery selective units of study.

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about the structure of our surgery courses.

Surgery and Surgical Sciences course structure (pdf, 103KB)

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

 

Units of Study

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • A medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification;
  • Current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction 
  • Current employment as a medical practitioner in and Australian or New Zealand hospital.

Admission may also be subject to satisfactory interview with Program Director.

This course is not available to student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.    

Course opportunities

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace. 

Short courses and non-award study

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body.

Learn more about short courses in medicine.

Professional accreditation

The knowledge that graduates develop through this course will complement the practical experience they obtain as trainees in surgery through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (or equivalent) training program.

Career pathways 

Clinicians and surgeons have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional hospitals and large metro public or private hospitals. Graduates may pursue careers in the following areas with on-going specialist training:

  • Breast surgery 
  • Colorectal surgery 
  • Endocrine surgery 
  • Hand surgery 
  • Head and neck 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology 
  • Paediatric surgery 
  • Plastic/reconstructive surgery 
  • Surgical oncology 
  • You may also pursue a career as an academic or in a teaching hospital.  

This is the University of Sydney

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.