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 title
Master of Surgery (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
master's degree by thesis and coursework
current / 2021
Administered by
Medical School

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Available to international students
Course Coordinator(s)
Jeff Hamdorf
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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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
offered intensively
S1, S2SURG5850Surgical Specialty Core Skills

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SURG5852Thesis Research (full-time) (48 points)
intensive supervised research
S1, S2SURG5853Thesis Research (part-time) (48 points)
intensive supervised research

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

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1IMED5801Principles of Teaching and Learning
seminars for two hour a week and online activities
S1IMED5804Clinical Teaching and Supervision
Three x 8 hour workshops when unit available face to face or complete the unit online
S1IMED5806Simulation and Interprofessional Learning in Health Professions Education
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
Offered either via online mode or via Multimode (Face to Face & Online) – Compulsory two day face to face workshop, optional three x 1.5 hour webinars throughout the semester
S2IMED5811Professional Portfolio
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
This class is conducted entirely online
S2MEDC5801Development and Communication of Research
over the semester: 18 hours of on-line content, 16 hours of lectures, 2 to 4 hours individual statistics workshop, 8 hours presentations
NSPUBH5763Health Leadership and Management
One week full time, plus pre-intensive week online activities.
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
NSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics or MGMT5530 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Governance or equivalent
1 week full-time
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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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, which is calculated based on —

(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.