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Monash University

Master of Surgery

Course code: 3443 ~ Course abbreviation: MSurg ~ 3 semesters full-time, 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Monash Medical Centre, Clayton; Alfred Hospital, Prahran; or approved off-site locations)

Course description

Surgical research is assuming greater importance in the career development of surgeons of all specialties. This course is open to qualified professional surgeons. Candidates for the degree will be required to undertake a major research program and will be required to submit a major thesis for examination. The thesis should embody the results of an investigation carried out by the candidate, under supervision, which shows independence of thought and which demonstrates the candidate's ability to carry out research in the discipline of surgery.

Course objectives

Students who have completed the course will demonstrate a thorough understanding of relevant research techniques in their field through a review of the relevant literature. They will demonstrate their ability, under supervision to apply relevant research techniques to their chosen field of study. Students will be able to present high-quality written work suitable for publication in appropriate scholarly journals, and be able to critically evaluate both their own and others' written work in their chosen field. Students will also be able to: 1. identify and define research questions; 2. identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions; 3. demonstrate mastery of their chosen research methodology/methodologies; 4. demonstrate theoretical knowledge at masters level in their chosen field of surgery; 5. communicate their research findings in a format appropriate to their academic discipline; 6. write up their research into a high quality thesis; and 7. contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of surgical research.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students submit a thesis of approximately 50,000 words.

Contact details

Professor Julian Smith, Monash Medical Centre: telephone +61 3 9594 5500; fax: +61 3 9594 6045; email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Julian Smith