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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education is a two-year course for surgeons at the top of their profession who want to pass on their experience and knowledge to the next generation. Students will gain an invaluable foundation in the teaching skills essential for training future surgeons in the complex sets of skills required for safe surgical practice.

Offered through the Department of Surgery and Austin Health, in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), this course caters to the unique challenges of clinical and surgical settings and recognises the advanced technologies that are increasingly important in surgery and surgical training.

Now predominantly online, the Graduate Diploma is designed with the flexibility to accommodate practising surgeons as they become world-class educators.

This course is designed for fellows, trainees and non-surgeons who contribute to surgical education programs and want to become educators. This includes:

  • Surgeons
  • Veterinary surgeons
  • Clinical proceduralists
  • Obstetricians
  • Gynaecologists.

Course structure

To gain the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education, you must complete four core subjects and choose another four elective subjects (12.5 credit points each). You are expected to enrol in four subjects per semester, but it’s possible to undertake just one, and complete the certificate over a longer period of time.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$13,520.00 (7,26,882) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $27,716
Start date

Expected January 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

The following criteria specify entry requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent qualification (such as dentistry, veterinary medicine etc.); and
  • At least two years of relevant clinical work experience.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.