Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education

The University of Melbourne

The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education is part of a new suite of qualifications offered by the University of Melbourne Medical School through the Department of Surgery, Austin Health in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). This suite of programs addresses the specialised needs of teaching and learning in a modern surgical environment, and allows surgeons to gain formal skills in teaching and educational scholarship. The content reflects critical issues in the broader education community together with specific challenges for surgical education - the role of regulatory bodies, balancing clinical service with training, ethical imperatives for simulation-based education, managing under performing trainees, developing professionalism, safer working conditions including safe hours and more.

Course Fee:

Australian: $12,360
International: $12,360

Entry Requirements:

A Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent qualification (such as dentistry, veterinary medicine etc); at least two years of relevant clinical work experience.


The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education comprises of the first four compulsory subjects in a nested suite of subjects, including the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education, that lead to the Master of Surgical Education qualification. Students must complete the four compulsory subjects (12.5 credit points each) to be able to graduate. The program is delivered part-time, with students expected to enrol in two subjects each semester. However, it is possible to undertake just one subject per semester.

Subjects you can Study:

Context of Surgical Education; Learning and Teaching in Surgical Practice; Educational Theory for Surgical Training; Curriculum Design in Surgical Education

Study Pathways:

Students who completed the Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education can gain a full credit (50 points) toward the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education and the Master of Surgical Education.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Part time 1 year
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