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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Students commencing this course in Semester 1, 2021 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy) acts as an embedded course within the Master of Surgery and, provides a sound knowledge and understanding of human anatomy that underpins successful surgical practice through a series of whole-body cadaveric dissections taught by subspecialist surgeons.

It is regarded as the gold standard in anatomy tuition. The course also provides a pathway for registrars or registered medical officers to prepare for the human anatomy knowledge requirement of the Part 1 Surgical Primary examination delivered by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Units completed for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy) can be recognised for credit towards the Master of Surgery. These units of study generate 24 credit points of the 48 credit points required for the award of the Master of Surgery degree.

For further information about the Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy) program, dates and overview please visit the Discipline of Surgery website.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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 admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

This course is not available to international students. 

Starting date

What you'll study

This course requires students to complete 24 credit points of the following units of study (6 credit points per unit of study).

  • Head and Neck by Dissection
  • Thorax and Root of the Neck by Dissection
  • Limbs and Back by Dissection
  • Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum by Dissection

Students who successfully complete these units of study may credit these to the Master of Surgery (Surgical Anatomy).

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Applicants with the following qualifications may be eligible for admission to the Surgical Anatomy stream: a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and a traineeship with the relevant surgical training program of RACS or equivalent; or employment as resident medical officer in an Australian hospital, satisfactory interview, satisfactory references, and approval by Head of Discipline or their nominee; or a Fellowship of the RACS.

For admission you will need to attend an interview with the Head of the Discipline of Surgery, or their nominee, whose approval you will need for admission to the course.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Career Pathways

This course provides sound knowledge and understanding of human anatomy that underpins successful surgical practice through a series of whole-body cadaveric dissections taught in small groups by subspecialist surgeons.

Units completed for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy) can be recognised for credit towards the Master of Surgery (Surgical Anatomy). The units of study generate 24 credit points of the 48 credit points required for the award of the Master of Surgery degree.

Domestic students

International students

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