Current Deakin Students
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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:
- gain an understanding of research techniques relevant to surgery;
- produce high quality written work, suitable for publication in scientific journals, and present this orally to a high standard;
- gain the skills needed to critically evaluate their own, and therefore other’s, work;
- demonstrate their ability to apply research techniques in surgery and to lead research work; and
- develop, or consolidate, an advanced knowledge of human anatomy, as relevant to their discipline
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.
* Plus one Elective Unit (1 credit point)
2020 course information
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
The course will be delivered online (Cloud mode) and at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and at hospitals and other health centre sites of Deakin’s partner organisations, and of other healthcare organisations.Approximately 2400 hours for the full 16 credit points of the course.
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
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.
Recognition of prior learning
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’.Students entering with an MBBS, or equivalent, a postgraduate anatomy qualification and an Honours degree will be expected to complete 8 credit points of study, including 2 credit points of ‘Research Communication’ and 6 credit points of ‘Research Project in Surgery’.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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How to apply
Higher degree by research applicants must apply via the online applicant portal. You will be required to attach a number of certified supporting documents, in addition to your research proposal and referee reports.
For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
Tel 03 9251 7174
Why choose Deakin
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLO)
Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in surgical anatomy and the surgical discipline.
Plan and execute a substantial research project in the surgical discipline that demonstrates complex knowledge and application of clinical and medical research principles, cognitive and technical skills, and methods.
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
Interpret and transmit knowledge, skills, ideas and data to specialist and non-specialist audiences using highly developed written and oral communication skills.
Apply listening and effective communication skills to accommodate, encourage and answer questions from an audience and to defend research findings and propositions.
Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
Use digital technologies to locate, curate, interpret and disseminate relevant evidence-based literature to formulate research hypotheses, concepts and theories.
|Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information|
Critically analyse literature, research data and other information relevant to surgical anatomy and the surgical discipline to produce a substantial research project.
|Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment|
Critically analyse, reflect upon and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in surgery and surgical anatomy.
Contribute to advancements in knowledge of the discipline through mastering the use of instruments and techniques, to collect, interpret, analyse, synthesise and disseminate research data and findings.
|Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems|
Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy, professionalism and responsibility in the acquisition of knowledge and in the planning and execution of research projects and interpretation of data and findings.
|Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.|
Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with research peers and non-specialist stakeholders to address complex real-world problems in surgery.
|Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.|
Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in conducting best-practice research of the highest ethical standards and in managing, sharing data and disseminating research findings across wider medical, research and cultural communities.
|Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.|