The experience


Take an important step to realising your dreams of becoming a surgeon by studying a Graduate Certificate of Surgical Science at the University of Melbourne. This course is ideal for those who have not yet entered a Surgical Education Training (SET) program, or are a junior doctor wanting to specialise in surgery.

The day-to-day experience

The part-time, one-year course load offered by this program deliberately affords you the time and flexibility to continue your current general clinical work as a doctor. You’ll balance your study between online programs, occasional webinars, and two in person on-campus days each semester.

This course will incorporate surgical knowledge, basic surgical skills and practice knowledge, providing you with essential entry-level information that will prepare you for SET and other proceduralist specialities.

The coursework is designed to increase your understanding of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ (RACS) nine essential competencies:

  1. Medical expertise
  2. Judgement (clinical decision-making)
  3. Technical expertise
  4. Professionalism and ethics
  5. Health advocacy
  6. Communication
  7. Collaboration and teamwork
  8. Management and leadership
  9. Scholarship and teaching.


While developing foundational knowledge and some skills, further study and expertise can be pursued by completing a second year in the Diploma, or a third year in the Master’s degree.

During the Master’s degree, you will have the opportunity to develop extensive research knowledge and skills, honing your interest in surgery and completing a surgical research project as a minor thesis. You can also transition into further study if you are inspired to complete a PhD.

Whatever surgical or proceduralist study pathway you choose, the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Science will provide a solid foundation for a pursuit of speciality surgical training.