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Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences

Fast track your career in surgery

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Overview

Accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), our flexible Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences course will help you to develop knowledge and skills in surgical specialty areas as well as non-technical areas such as professionalism, leadership and research. Our course can also help you prepare for the GSSE.

Why study with us? 

As a surgery student, you will learn from highly regarded clinicians and academics at the Sydney Medical School.

This course 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.

How will you learn? 

The majority of our units are taught online and some have a short workshop component (1 or 2 day). The exceptions are surgical anatomy and microsurgery which are taught face-to-face.

You will also have the option to complete a dissertation in your chosen subspecialty area and will receive a certificate of completion on submission.

Who should study this course? 

Our Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences provides an early pathway for senior medical students (years 3 or 4) or medical graduates to undertake study that will assist them in their preparation for the Generic Surgical Science Examination (GSSE) conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Advanced medical students enrolled in 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 in place of the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences. 

Further information

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.    

For further enquiries please contact either Jayne Seward or Farida Bolano.

Tel: +61 2 9036 3113 or 9036 3115
Email: jayne.seward@sydney.edu.au or farida.bolano@sydney.edu.au

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

 

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences requires the completion of 24 credit points of surgery selective units of study:

SURG5031  Surgical Skills and Practical Professionalism
PATH5000  Surgical Pathology
SURG5034  Surgical Anatomy Based on GSSE
SURG5032  Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons

Units of Study

Applying for admission

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

Admission criteria

Admission to Graduate Certificate requires:

  • a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification
  • enrolment in, and successful completion of all pre-clinical studies, in a graduate-entry medical degree program offered by an Australian university.

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

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) and Master of Philosophy (Medicine) offered by Sydney Medical School.

A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options  

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.  A full list of short courses and more information is available here.

Career Pathways

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.

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.

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