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Master of Surgical Research

  • Masters (Research)

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.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Research)
Course Code
H801, 098424K

About this course

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:

  1. gain an understanding of research techniques relevant to surgery;
  2. produce high quality written work, suitable for publication in scientific journals, and present this orally to a high standard;
  3. gain the skills needed to critically evaluate their own, and therefore other's, work;
  4. demonstrate their ability to apply research techniques in surgery and to lead research work; and
  5. develop, or consolidate, an advanced knowledge of human anatomy, as relevant to their discipline

Entry requirements

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.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Career pathways

The course design has a primary function in providing doctors with a structured training and experience in independent research, specifically in the surgical specialities. It has a secondary function in providing discipline-specific research training for doctors who are seeking to enter surgical training programs, and provides an option for student to gain some skills in clinical leadership, for future leadership roles in surgery and broader medicine. Undertaking the course also helps students to develop future professional and research networks, both within Deakin and with Deakin's partner institutes.

Course structure

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 level 7 elective unit from any field, approved by the course director.

In the event of the award of credit toward the course, at least two thirds of the remaining credit points must comprise HME803 Clinical Anatomy Investigation and/or HME805, HME806 or HME807 Research Project in Surgery core units.

Credit for prior study or work

As this is a research degree there will be no nested courses, and there are no guaranteed pathways. However, the course is designed to offer articulation through a credit structure, as follows.

Students entering with an MBBS, or equivalent, will be expected to complete all 16 credit points of the course (i.e. 15 core credit points and 1 elective credit point).

Students entering with an MBBS, or equivalent, and an Honours degree will be expected to complete 12 credit points of study, including 2 credit points of 'Clinical Anatomy Investigation', 2 credit points of 'Research Communication' and at least 6 credit points of 'Research Project in Surgery'.

Students entering with an MBBS, or equivalent, and a postgraduate anatomy qualification will be expected to complete 12 credit points of study, including the 4 credit points of research training units and 8 credit points of 'Research Project in Surgery'.

Students entering with an MBBS, or equivalent, and a higher degree by research, will be expected to complete 8 credit points of study, including credit points of 'Clinical Anatomy Investigation' and at least 4 credit points of 'Research Project in Surgery'.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Health Services & Support courses at Deakin University.
85.4%
Overall satisfaction
80.1%
Skill scale
71.9%
Teaching scale
69.3%
Employed full-time
$75k
Average salary