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Master of Surgery

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
Full time: 1 year
The University of Sydney


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. 

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 and the surgical anatomy units. You may also find a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences. 

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 and will receive a certificate of completion on submission.

Who should study this course? 

Medical graduates, surgical trainees and surgeons 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.

Course details

Faculty/University School: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Credit points required: 48

Course abbreviation: MSurg

USyd code: MASURGER3000

UAC code: N/A

Study mode: Online/Intensive

Study type: PGCW

Location: N/A

Graduate attributes

Duration full time: 1 year

Duration part time: 2 -4 years

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.

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.

Master of Surgery
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
Full time: 1 year
End Date
Price Details
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $36,000 (indicative only)
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $36,000 (indicative only)
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