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Study surgery at Sydney Medical School

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    The University is ranked first in Australia and 33rd in the world for surgery in the U.S. News Top Global Universities Subject Rankings 2020. The discipline is also the largest academic surgical department in Australasia.

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Overview

Our flexible Graduate Diploma in Surgery 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, leadership and research. It can also help you prepare for the GSSE.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online, with the exception of microsurgery.

You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences. 

Why study with us? 

  • Our surgery courses are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
  • As a surgery student, you will learn from highly regarded clinicians and academics at the Sydney Medical School.
  • We provide thoughtful, structured online learning that will influence your practice by enhancing your understanding of evidence-based medicine and improving your clinical decision making.
  • Our course can help you prepare for the GSSE.

Who should study this course?

Medical graduates and surgical trainees who want to:

  • Prepare for the RACS GSSE
  • Enhance their CV for furture career opportunities. 
  • Acquire important and sought after knowledge and skills –valuable for an academic or teaching hospital career including basic subspecialty knowledge, critical thinking and critical appraisal.

Financing your studies 

  • You only pay for the units of study that you enrol in. This means you will be billed each semester and do not need to pay the entire course fee upfront. 
  • You may be eligible for FEE-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan. 
  • If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may be tax-deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office

Please note: this course is not a qualification to practise surgery.

Subject areas
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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 international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and 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 or to offshore international students. International students in Australia 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 international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

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

  • 6 credit points of research method selective units of study 
  • A minimum of 24 and maximum of 30 credit points of surgery selective units of study; and
  • A maximum of 6 credit points of elective units of study.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time and is delivered mainly online with some units including an intensive face-to-face component.

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about the structure of our surgery programs.

Surgery and Surgical Sciences course structure (pdf, 103KB)

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • A medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification;
  • Current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction; 
  • Current employment as a medical practitioner in and Australian or New Zealand hospital.

Admission may also be subject to satisfactory interview with Program Director.

This course is not available to student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Course opportunities

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace. 

Short courses and non-award study

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.

Learn more about short courses in medicine.

Career pathways 

Clinicians and surgeons have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional hospitals and large metro public or private hospitals. Graduates may pursue careers in the following areas with on-going specialist training:

  • Breast surgery 
  • Colorectal surgery 
  • Endocrine surgery 
  • Hand surgery 
  • Head and neck 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology 
  • Paediatric surgery 
  • Plastic/reconstructive surgery 
  • Surgical oncology 

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