Master of Surgery

The UWA Master of Surgery (MS) course, offered by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, is a unique and innovative program for junior doctors who are pursuing a career in Surgery. In addition to undertaking academic competencies, students gain practical experience by participating in advanced surgical skills workshops in a specialised training lab environment.


About the course

The course aims to develop technical skills in surgical procedures and provide students with the skills to initiate and progress research effectively and independently. Students will expand their knowledge and learn how to design, conduct,analyse and evaluate surgical research. Throughout the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of basing their clinical practice on evidence based medicine.

Course structure

The UWA Master of Surgery course offers small classes with high calibre teaching staff. A variety of teaching methods are used including: small group teaching, lectures, interactive discussion and practical skills workshops. Students learn how to design clinical research studies, organise the study team, apply for funding, collect, manage and analyse data, report their results and ensure that high ethical standards are maintained. Students will interact frequently with experienced teaching and research staff and will be mentored by Surgical Consultants. Students will also have the opportunity to mentor peers and/or medical students.

The course consists of 30 per cent coursework and 70 percent written thesis.

Course duration

The anticipated completion time is from 18 months to four years.

Areas of interest

Undertaking the Master of Surgery course will allow development of surgical and research skills in the student’s chosen surgical sub-specialty. As well as generic surgical skills, professional supervision and expertise is offered in the following

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
  • General Surgery
    • Breast/Endocrine
    • Colorectal
    • Upper Gastrointestinal
  • ​Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Surgical Education
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery


Samantha Thompson
Master of Surgery Course Coordinator / Academic Services Assistant
T (0)8 6488 8044

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