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What will I learn?

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

The Master of Surgery is a research degree. Candidates undertake a research project under the direct supervision of a member of the academic staff. The work undertaken as part of this research degree must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of a field of study of direct concern to the faculty, and must demonstrate the capacity of the candidate to carry out independent research.

Career opportunities

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.

Surgical research is assuming greater importance in the career development of surgeons of all specialties. Qualified surgeons wanting to expand and enhance their knowledge will benefit from this course.

This full-time course is also offered on-campus in the below locations:

Alfred Hospital
Box Hill Hospital
Monash Medical Centre

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$48,800.00 (US$ 33,692) per year
Start date

27 February 2023


Monash University

Clayton Campus,

Wellington Road,



3800, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$48,800.00 (US$ 33,692) per year
Start date

27 February 2023


Peninsula Campus

Moorooduc Highway,



3199, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in finance with a high distinction grade average (80%), or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty which has not been used as a basis for entry.

For international students

An applicant for admission must:

have qualified not less than two years previously for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent at Monash University or another university approved by GRC;
intend to pursue a career in surgery or have applied for or been accepted into the Surgical Education and Training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or an equivalent surgical training program approved by GRC; or
hold a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent higher surgical qualification as approved by GRC; and
have been substantially engaged, since qualifying for the degree of Bachelor of Surgery or its equivalent, in the practice and study of surgery or scientific work relevant to the practice of surgery to the satisfaction of GRC.

English entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (paper-based) : 550+ TWE 4.5

TOEFL 79 + Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 & Writing 21

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 + communicative score 50

Cambridge English: 176 + no skill below 169

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


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