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Study surgery at Sydney Medical School

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  • No. 1 in Australia

    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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    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

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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.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

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

Our flexible new Master of 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. 

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

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

Many surgery selective units are online, with the exception of microsurgery and the surgical anatomy units. You may also find some units do have a face-to-face component such as a workshop. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.   The Masters core capstone unit is mostly online and does include a one-day workshop.

Why study with us? 

  • We are  ranked first in Australia for surgery according to the U.S News Best Universities for Surgery in 2020, and are ranked 18th in the world for medicine in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • 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.
  • You will also have the option to complete a dissertation in your chosen subspecialty area. 

Who should study this course? 

Medical graduates, surgical trainees and surgeons who want to:

  • Prepare for the RACS GSSE
  • Enhance their CV for future 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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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) 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 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) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Master of Surgery requires the completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points of research method selective units of study; 
  • 6 credit points of capstone core units of study;
  • A minimum of 24 and maximum of 36 credit points of surgery selective units of study; and
  • A maximum of 12 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, in particular the capstone core unit.

There is a wide range of surgery selective and elective units of study and our surgical science units in pathology, anatomy, physiology are designed to prepare you for the RACS GSSE examination. 

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; and 
  • current medical registration in an Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction; and 
  • 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.   

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

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.

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) and Master of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) offered by Sydney Medical School.

A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Career pathways 

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 
  • You may also pursue a career as an academic or in a teaching hospital.  

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