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Master of Surgery - Research

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Overview

The Master of Surgery –Research allows clinicians with an interest in surgery to learn research methodology and produce a major body of research which will give them the knowledge and skills to start a career in academic surgery. The Master of Surgery is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving health through excellence in research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation. Our postgraduate research programs span a wide spectrum of medicine and our research is focused on both discovery and translating new discoveries into improved healthcare. With over 1600 active researchers at the Sydney Medical School, prospective students can choose from a huge number of research projects that are close to their interests and career ambitions, and have at their disposal the full range of enabling disciplines across Sydney Medical School. Research degrees are available for both medical and non-medical graduates.

The Master of Surgery - Research is aimed at those who intend to pursue careers in surgical research. The major research areas include: melanoma, neurosurgery, rheumatology and orthopaedic surgery, urology and vascular surgery. The course has two purposes: to prepare a substantial piece of work representing a significant contribution in a particular field of study, and to train candidates in general research methodology and equip them with transferable research skills. 

The Master of Surgery - Research may be taken full-time over up to three years, or part-time up to four years. The research project will culminate in a thesis of 80,000 words or less. 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.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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How to apply

Research areas

Master of Surgery by Research candidates may undertake research in one of the following areas: Breast and endocrine surgery Cerebrovascular surgery Colorectal surgery Hand surgery Head and neck surgery Inflammatory bowel disease Melanoma Neurosurgery Otorhinolaryngology Paediatric surgery Pelvic floor disorders Rheumatology and orthopaedic surgery Surgery education Surgical oncology Transplantation surgery Upper gastrointestinal surgery Urology Values, ethics and the law in medicine Vascular surgery

What you'll study

Units of Study

Applying for admission

To apply for a research degree, you may be expected to contact the appropriate faculty with an expression of interest before submitting a formal application. When you submit a formal application online, you will be required to upload some or all of the following documents electronically with your application:

(i) a certified academic transcript or transcripts for your previous study, if they were not completed at The University of Sydney;

(ii) a CV, providing a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities;

(iii) up to two academic references (international applicants);

(iv) a research proposal; (v) a one page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying;

(vi) proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your visa);

(vii) English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).

Some courses have further, specific admission criteria, including other documentation or the submission of a portfolio of work, and/or an interview as part of the application process - see Additional application requirements

Completion requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Surgery by research candidates must:

(a) complete such units of study, if any, as may be prescribed by the Head of the Discipline of Surgery;

(b) carry out supervised research on a topic approved by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the Discipline of Surgery;

(c) write a thesis, that passes examination, embodying the results of the approved research which shall be a substantially original contribution and must be a significant contribution of distinguished merit adding to the knowledge and understanding of the subject concerned. Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Surgery holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 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 faculty; or
  • satisfying the requirements of the Primary Fellowship examination of the RACS or equivalent body, and by being an accredited trainee in surgery, ie by producing evidence of acceptance in or completion of an advanced accredited surgical training scheme of the RACS or equivalent body acceptable to the faculty; or
  • being able to pass a clinical examination in surgery as determined by the faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the Discipline of Surgery.

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.

Domestic Higher Degree by Research Student fee information


Commencing 1 January 2017, the Research Training Program (RTP) has been introduced by the Australian Government to support postgraduate research scholarships. The RTP enables the University to award eligible domestic and international Higher Degree by Research students (RTP Students) with a RTP Fees Offset, which is a type of RTP Scholarship. This RTP Scholarship is to assist with tuition fees that would otherwise be payable by students. The University's allocation of funding under the RTP is governed by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 (as may be amended or replaced from time to time) and relevant Conditions of Grant prescribed by the Government (Relevant Laws).
A student's continued eligibility is subject to Relevant Laws and University rules, policies and procedures (as may be amended or replaced from time to time). A RTP Fees Offset entitles a student (depending on their course) to a period of tuition fee support for either up to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study for a Doctorate by Research, or up to a maximum of two years of full-time equivalent study for a Master's by Research from the course of study commencement date. Different periods of support apply for a part-time student as set out in University policy and procedures. Please note that, when a student has exhausted the maximum period of support under this RTP Scholarship, or they do not comply with a requirement of the RTP Scholarship as set out in University policy and procedures, the University must terminate the Scholarship. If the student wishes to continue their candidature in the same degree (and they are approved to do so), they will be transferred to a domestic fee paying place and may be liable for tuition fees at a rate determined by the University at the time.
Please note that a student's award of, and continued entitlement to, the RTP Scholarship is subject to change consistent with Relevant Laws and University rules, policies and procedures (as may be amended and replaced from time to time). The University determines the allocation of this Government support and the processes by which this support is managed.
Please consult the Australian Government's website at: https://www.education.gov.au/research-training-program for information on RTP Scholarships and eligibility requirements.

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 surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, protected 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 an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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