Graduate Diploma in Surgical Science

    The experience


    As a Graduate Diploma student, you will be driven by a passion to master your craft as a medical professional, helping to improve the lives of others.

    This course is ideal for those who have not yet entered a Surgical Education Training (SET) program, or junior doctors wanting to specialise in surgery.

    The day-to-day experience

    The part-time, two-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 and occasional webinars, and on-campus days each semester.

    This program provides graduates with essential entry-level information that will prepare you for SET and other proceduralist specialties.

    Also included in the degree’s coursework are the nine essential competencies required by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). These are:

    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 in this Diploma, further study and expertise can be pursued by completing 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.

    Whichever surgical or proceduralist study pathway you choose to take, the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Science will provide a solid foundation for a pursuit of specialty surgical training.