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Clinical Surgery

Doctor of Clinical Surgery

  Doctor of Clinical Surgery
Course code TCCLISUR1000
CRICOS code 068818G
Degree Abbreviation DClinSurg
Credit points required to complete 144
Time to complete full-time 3 years
Time to complete part-time 3.5 - 10 years


The Doctorate in Clinical Surgery is attained through a combination of clinical and non-clinical coursework and research. The course aims to produce surgical leaders with attitudes and skills that allow them to meet the challenges of surgical specialist practice. Furthermore, completion of the doctorate allows students to develop research skills which equip them to plan an academic career.

The Doctor of Clinical Surgery is designed to be undertaken in conjunction with the surgical training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to augment research, leadership and communication skills. Candidates who have already completed surgical training in Australia or a recognised surgical training program elsewhere will benefit from undertaking the Doctorate of Clinical Surgery for its further non-clinical study opportunities and research skills development.

Candidates must possess a medical degree and show evidence of excellence in both their undergraduate and postgraduate career. Candidates who possess a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, or equivalent, may be granted an exemption of up to 66 credit points. Candidates who wish to undertake the clinical components of the Doctor of Surgery must be eligible to undertake surgical training in New South Wales and be appointed to a SET 3 or higher position by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Additional requirements are set by the Discipline of Surgery and will include an interview.

Course outcomes

As a result of participation, graduates will:

  • have a solid understanding of the scientific, pathological, clinical and surgical basis of disease
  • have a solid understanding of the principles of research methodologies that underpin good surgical practice
  • be able to lead and/or contribute to designing, efficiently conducting and appropriately interpreting the results of single and multi-centre clinical trials
  • be able to identify and understand the appropriate literature with respect to clinical questions and clinical trials design
  • be able to demonstrate skills and capacity as surgical leaders with a keen academic interest
  • have a wider understanding of surgical practice including the ethical, legal and health economic aspects of modern surgical practice
  • be able to practise surgery, safely, competently, ethically and morally.


The Doctor of Clinical Surgery is endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Students who undertake clinical placements in College accredited training posts will be prospectively approved for recognition in the SET Program.

Further enquiries

Professor Pierre Chapuis
Phone: +61 2 9767 6736
Fax: +61 2 9767 6894