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Discipline of Surgery

At the forefront of surgical teaching and research
The Discipline of Surgery is the largest academic surgical department in Australasia and operates across seven different clinical schools in New South Wales.

About the discipline

Our staff and students are conducting cutting-edge teaching and research to enhance surgical practice across a range of specialties. We have more than 100 members across our clinical schools who are well integrated into hospital activities.

We are involved in teaching, research, administration and delivery of clinical services, working through clinical school. Many of our people occupy leadership roles within the New South Wales Area Health Services structure.

Each clinical school has a mix of University-appointed academic surgeons, area health service appointments conjoint with the University and staff specialists and visiting medical officers awarded clinical academic titles by the University.

Postgraduate coursework

Our coursework, research and postdoctoral degrees can be tailored to any stage of your surgical career. We provide a quality research and learning environment where postgraduate students can benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration and extensive research facilities.

Postgraduate course options

Learn more about studying surgery.

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Our coursework programs are designed to complement the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). They are not qualifications to practice as a specialist surgeon.

2020 course changes

In 2020 a new Master of Surgery will be offered. This flexible new program 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 and leadership. The surgical science units have been revised and are designed to prepare you for the GSSE. You will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation. The following courses will be also be offered:

  • Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy)
  • Graduate Certificate in Surgery
  • Graduate Diploma in Surgery

Subject to Academic Board approval applications for 2020 will open soon.

Postgraduate research

The discipline's research expertise lies across a variety of surgical specialties including cardiovascular, cardiothoracic, colorectal, ear, nose and throat, gastrointestinal, laparascopic, neurosurgery, onocology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, paediatrics, plastic and reconstructive, transplant, urology, vascular and endocrine surgery.

For more information on individual areas of research, please contact Associate Professor Manish Patel, Surgery Research Coordinator. 

The University offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health visit our postgraduate research page.

Professional development and short courses

The University of Sydney offers short courses in surgery. Visit our short courses section to learn more about available topics and upcoming dates.

It is possible to complete almost any unit of study as a non-award student.

Head of Discipline

Professor Paul Bannon
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Director of Postgraduate Education

Professor Pierre Chapuis
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Discipline of Surgery

  • Level 2 The Medical Foundation Building The University of Sydney 92-94 Parramatta Road Camperdown NSW 2050