UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Surgery (thesis and coursework)

This course incorporates a sound evidence base in teaching to deliver effective practical applications in surgery and promote the skills required to independently conduct high-calibre research.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Surgery (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviationMS
Course code90660
Course typemaster's degree by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required72
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Jeff Hamdorf

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (18 points):

S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
S1, S2SURG5850Surgical Specialty Core Skills

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

Group A

S1, S2SURG5852Thesis Research (full-time) (48 points)
S1, S2SURG5853Thesis Research (part-time) (48 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group B

S1, S2IMED5801Principles of Teaching and Learning
S1, S2IMED5804Clinical Teaching and Supervision
S1IMED5806Simulation and Interprofessional Learning in Health Professions Education
N/AIMED5811Professional Portfolio
S2MEDC5801Development and Communication of Research
S1PUBH5763Leadership and Management of Health Services
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
NSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
S1, S2SURG5851Surgical Specialty Advanced Skills

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;


(b) a minimum of two years' postgraduate professional experience;


(c) (i) enrolment in a surgical traineeship through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Surgical Education and Training Program; or

(ii) qualification as a surgeon with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(iii) qualification as a medical practitioner desirous of an academic career in surgery;


(d) eligibility for registration with the Medical Board of Western Australia.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they fail a core unit twice.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Time limit

13. The time limit is two years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


14. In exceptional circumstances, and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Surgery, the Faculty may permit a student to substitute for the unit required from Group B another relevant unit of equivalent points value from an approved course of study at this or another recognised institution.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Thesis submission and examination

15. Submission and examination of the thesis is governed by the relevant master's degree by research rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School.1

1 The Graduate Research School administers the examination and classification of the thesis.