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Master of Surgery

Advance your career in surgery

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Overview

Accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), our flexible new Master of Surgery course 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. It 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.

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.

How will you learn? 

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

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

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 Master of Surgery requires the completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points of research method selective units of study 
  • 6 credit points of capstone core units of study;
  • A minimum of 24 and maximum of 36 credit points of surgery selective units of study; and
  • A maximum of 12 credit points of elective units of study.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered mainly online with some units including an intensive face-to-face component.

There is a wide range of surgical and elective units of study and our surgical science units in pathology, anatomy, physiology are designed to prepare you for the RACS GSSE examination. 

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; and 
  • current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction; and 
  • current employment as a medical practitioner in and Australian or New Zealand hospital.

Course opportunities

The new surgery program provides students with flexibility by offering a Graduate Certificate in Surgery and Graduate Diploma in Surgery in addition to the Master’s  Students can upgrade or downgrade their course, providing the relevant course requirements are met.

The following courses are also offered in the new surgery program:

Students may also choose to undertake a single unit which may subsequently be credited to one of the surgery degrees. 

Learn more about professional development and short courses at Sydney Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

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.

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 

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.  

The world is changing, so we’ve reimagined the way we teach and the way you’ll learn. Every Sydney student will graduate with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world.

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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