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Master of Surgical Science (MC-SURGSC)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2018 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Award titleMaster of Surgical Science
Year & campus2018 — Parkville
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points150 credit points
Duration36 months part time

The Master of Surgical Science is designed for prevocational doctors who plan a career in surgery or a proceduralist speciality. The content is based on the JDocs Framework from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)(2014). Students in this course will receive formal and structured learning in the nine competencies the RACS expect of surgeons: medical expertise, judgment (clinical decision-making), technical expertise, professionalism and ethics, health advocacy, communication, collaboration and teamwork, management and leadership and, scholarship and teaching (RACS, 2012). However, the course does not confer the status/privileges of a surgeon nor does it guarantee entry to surgical training programs.

This 3-year, part-time course will provide students with foundational knowledge and some skills relevant for entering surgical training. In particular, the course offers the theoretical background essential for practice in the nine surgical competencies. Although the course has been designed for students who are not on a surgical training program, it is also likely to be valuable to those who have recently commenced surgical training, especially the opportunity to complete a research project. Students will benefit from working while they are studying. Some subjects require clinical experience.

Graduates may find the formal and structured theoretical foundation in surgical competencies relevant for entering higher training in other medical specialities that are procedurally-oriented.

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Science is an exit point after one year of study in the Master of Surgical Science. The Graduate Diploma in Surgical Science is an exit point after two years in the Master of Surgical Science.

Most subjects require attendance at up to two study days and up to two webinars each semester.

Most teaching staff are practicing surgeons from the Department of Surgery. Content experts will also contribute to the program from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, ethics, human factors, leadership and education.

Last updated: 10 November 2018