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Study breast surgery at Sydney Medical School

Breast surgeon, Dr Samriti Sood speaks about how this flexible course will prepare you for a career in breast surgery.

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Overview

The course was developed and is delivered in collaboration with Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand Inc (BreastSurgANZ). The coursework is designed to provide breast surgeons with the latest knowledge of breast oncology and breast surgical and oncoplastic techniques.

Why study with us?

  • The course is taught by leading breast surgeons, and other clinicians including medical oncologists, radiologists and geneticists.
  • In this program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of benign and malignant breast conditions. This includes screening, risk assessment and the genetics of breast diseases, and recent advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis, assessment and management of malignant breast disease.
  • You will gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients, including adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy as well as the integral role of the breast care nurse and other allied health staff.
  • The knowledge you develop will complement the practical experience gained during post-fellowship training offered by BreastSurgANZ, and will augment your research, leadership and communication skills.
  • You will learn specific surgical decision algorithms and surgical options for malignant and in situ disease and also gain thorough understanding of Level 1 and 2 oncoplastic breast surgical techniques.

How will you learn?

  • The breast surgery coursework and assessment is delivered fully online with lectures and podcasts, surgical videos and other educational resources supplemented by online discussion and webinars. 

Who should study this course?

  • The course is suitable for Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery or equivalent, who are training or have completed training, in breast surgery.    

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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 entry requirements

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 requirements’ 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. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July 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) Semester 2 (August)

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. 

Not available to student visa holders. International students on other visas with study rights may apply.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June 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) Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Surgery requires the successful completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 24 credit points of surgery selective units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Students must complete the following 24 credit point (CP) surgery selective units of study in sequence, one each semester:

  • Basic Sciences and Benign Disease   (6CP)
  • Malignant Breast Disease & MDTs      (6CP)
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery I             (6CP)
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery II            (6CP)

In addition, students must complete 2 elective units of study from a selection including Genomics in Clinical Practice, Health Technology Evaluation, Trial Design and Methods, Drugs and Devices: R and D to Registration, Commercialising MedTech and Pharma, Leadership in Organisations.

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree.

Breast Surgery course structure (pdf, 84KB)

Units of Study

Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; and

  • a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent; and
  • acceptance into or completion of post-fellowship breast surgery training program or equivalent; or
  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience in breast surgery.

Course opportunities

Postgraduate study in breast surgery is available at Sydney Medical School in the following courses:

Students can tailor the coursework to meet their needs. The program consists of a sequence of articulated courses:  professional certificate, graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters.

From 2020, breast surgeons who would like to enhance their skills to improve breast conservation and reconstruction will be able to complete the oncoplastic breast surgery units and receive the Sydney Professional Certificate in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. Successfully completed units may subsequently be credited to any of the degrees.

Established breast surgeons may also choose to undertake a single unit and this can be negotiated on an individual basis. 

Learn more about professional development and short courses at Sydney Medical School.

Future 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.

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