Master of Surgical Research

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

This course of study leads to a Masters by Research degree, with the students drawn from qualified medical practitioners, surgeons in training and fellowship-trained surgeons. The program has a primary function in providing doctors with a structured training and experience in independent research, specifically in the surgical speciality. It also fulfils a secondary function in providing discipline-specific training for doctors with aspirations in surgery, and provides an option for students to gain some skills in clinical leadership, for future leadership roles in surgery and broader medicine. Research training and clinical leadership training will be carried out at the Waurn Ponds campus, with heavy utilisation of Cloud resources to support the teaching. Research activity, although coordinated from the Waurn Ponds campus, will mainly be carried out at the student's place of work, although the School of Medicine's Anatomy Laboratory will also be utilised where the Clinical Anatomy Investigation project involves cadaveric inspection or dissection. Primary supervision will be shared by academics within the School and other experts local to the workplace. Through completion of the Master of Surgical Research it is expected that medical graduates, surgeons in training and qualified surgeons will: gain an understanding of research techniques relevant to surgery; produce high quality written work, suitable for publication in scientific journals, and present this orally to a high standard; gain the skills needed to critically evaluate their own, and therefore other's, work; demonstrate their ability to apply research techniques in surgery and to lead research work; and develop, or consolidate, an advanced knowledge of human anatomy, as relevant to their discipline


To complete the Master of Surgical Research students must attain 16 credit points, which comprise 15 credit points of core units and 1 credit point of electives, constituting either additional research on the project or a clinical leadership elective unit. In the event of the award of credit toward the course, at least two thirds of the remaining credit points must comprise HME8XX Clinical Anatomy Investigation and/or HME8XX Research Project in Surgery core units.


  • Research Design HMH800
  • Research Communication HMH810
  • Clinical Anatomy Investigation HME803
  • Research Project in Surgery HME806
  • Research Project in Surgery HME807
  • Research Project in Surgery HME805

Standard entry requirements

  • Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library Bachelor degree in medicine (or equivalent) AND current registration (or capacity to obtain registration prior to commencing study) to practice medicine in the jurisdiction of study (e.g. registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency
  • AHPRA). Overseas applicants who are not registered through AHPRA will be required to demonstrate English Language proficiency at Band B level.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Waurn Ponds International: $78,768 No information available No
  • Full-time : 2 years

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