Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education

    Course overview

    • 1 year part time
    • Mixed Attendance Mode (Parkville)
    • Available to domestic and international students
    • Summer Intake - January


    In 2021 this course can be undertaken wholly online.

    Are you a future leader in surgical education?

    Australia’s growing population demands more surgeons - a demand that isn’t currently being filled.

    The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education is an entry-level course for surgeons at the top of their profession who want to pass on their experience and knowledge to the next generation. Students will gain an invaluable foundation in the teaching skills essential for training future surgeons in the complex sets of skills required for safe surgical practice.

    Offered through the Department of Surgery and Austin Health, in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), this course caters to the unique challenges of clinical and surgical settings and recognises the advanced technologies that are increasingly important in surgery and surgical training.

    Now with all subjects available online, the Graduate Certificate is designed with the flexibility to accommodate practicing surgeons as they become world-class educators.

    The Graduate Certificate is also a key pathway into the Master of Surgical Education, the industry-leading course in its field.

    Who this course is for

    This course is designed for fellows, trainees and non-surgeons who contribute to surgical education programs and want to become educators. This includes:

    • Surgeons
    • Veterinary surgeons
    • Clinical proceduralists
    • Obstetricians
    • Gynaecologists.

    International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.


    The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education is part of a nested suite of courses, designed for versatility. You can transform a Graduate Certificate into a Master, or start with a Master and exit early with a Graduate Diploma.