Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Master of Surgery


How to apply

Domestic students

Please complete the application form

International students

Information for International students

In addition to the attachments required in the application form applicants who are not graduates of this University must submit an original transcript or certified copy of their academic record for all tertiary qualifications to date.


Key information

  • 72 credit points
  • 18 months full time, up to 4 years part time
  • Course code: 90660
  • Intake periods: February and July

Important dates


Semester 1 2011:
Now Open


Semester 1 2011:
February 22

This Master's program aims to incorporate a sound evidence base in teaching to deliver effective practical applications in surgery and promote the skills required to independently conduct high calibre research.

Students will learn how to design clinical research studies, organise the study team, apply for funding, collect, manage and analyse data, report their results and ensure that high ethical standards are maintained. Additionally, the course allows students further surgical experience by undertaking advanced surgical skills procedures in the workshop environment under supervision. Optional additional elective units are available and are geared to each student's interests.

Course outline

The course consists of mentored research, resulting in a research thesis of between 30,000 and 50,000 words (48 points), and coursework consisting of three core units (18 points) and one elective unit (6 points).

(a) All Core units; Three coursework units to a total of 18 points and Thesis Research, either Full-time or Part-time, to a total value of 48 points.


(b) one elective unit from the following list of Options—6 points

  • SURG8851 - Surgical Speciality Advanced Skills
  • PUBH8763 - Leadership and Management of Health Services
  • PUBH8801 - Economic Evaluation of Health Care
  • IMED8801 - Principles of Teaching and Learning
  • IMED8804 - Clinical Teaching and Supervision
  • IMED8806 - Simulation in Health Professional Education
  • IMED8811 - Professional Portfolio
  • PUBH8769 - Biostatistics II
  • MEDC8801 - Development and Communication of Research

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of requires the following:

  • a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;
  • a minimum 2 years post-graduate (PG) experience;
  • SET (recognised as a surgical trainee through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Surgical Education and Training Program), or qualified surgeons (FRACS or equivalent), or qualified medical practitioners desirous of an academic career in surgery
  • Registrable with the Medical Board of W.A.

English Language Competence

All UWA coursework programs have a minimum level of English language competence necessary, for both Domestic and International students.

Course enquiries

John Linehan

Telephone: (+61 8) 6488 8049
Email: john.linehan@ctec.uwa.edu.au