Postgraduate Education

Postgraduate courses in surgery at the University of Sydney

There are several higher degrees in surgery available through the Discipline of Surgery at the University of Sydney. This page provides an overview of several of these degrees, or visit the Discipline of Surgery website for the most up to date information here:

Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences

The dual purpose of introducing a Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences is to provide:

  • A pathway for advanced medical students or medical graduates to undertake a program of coursework study preparing them for the basic sciences (primary) examination conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS); and,
  • To reduce the overall time currently required from entry to medical school to completion of surgical training.

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.

Advanced medical students (those entering year 3 and 4 of the Sydney Medical Program) would be able to complete the graduate certificate at the same time as completing their medical program. They would also have the option of applying credit points towards the Master of Surgery (Coursework) in place of the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Sciences.

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Master of Surgery

The Master of Surgery aims to offer clinicians the opportunity to learn the principles of applying the best available research evidence to surgical patient care and offers a range of elective units of study. Research stream students are required to submit a research dissertation on their specialty.

Candidates enrolled in the Surgical Specialty/Research Streams will also specialise in one of the following streams: Breast Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Hand Surgery, Head & Neck, Microsurgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic, Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Paediatric Surgery Surgical Skills, Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery.

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Doctor of Clinical Surgery 

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery combines surgical studies and training with research. Depending on your previous clinical experience and qualifications you may be granted advanced standing of up to 66 credit points for the clinical coursework units of study. The course work includes all aspects of surgical practice and in particular communication, behavioural, ethical, attitudinal, health economic and medicolegal aspects of surgical practice as well as operative, psychomotor and cognitive aspects. The assessment of operative and psychomotor skills will be competence based. You will undertake clinical coursework in an approved University of Sydney training hospital under the supervision of a University nominated training supervisor. These hospitals are certified and accredited on a regular basis. Surgical practice for the clinical coursework component is available in the following areas: cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, upper GI surgery, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, breast endocrine surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology head & neck surgery, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric surgery, plastic & reconstructive surgery.

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