Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy

Course GD-SURGANT (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Associate Prof Chris Briggs

Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Currently enrolled and future students:

Course Overview:

The Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy is a qualification offered by the University of Melbourne’s Depart of Anatomy and Neuroscience, and accredited by the Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons (RACS).

This course is specifically designed to assist participants intending to take the SET Surgical Sciences Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It also provides an opportunity to perform a comprehensive and supervised dissection (and surgical procedures) on a cadaver.

The course is quality assured by the University of Melbourne and conducted by expert academic staff from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of the course are twofold:

  1. To provide a supervised comprehensive cadaver dissection.
  2. To provide training in surgical anatomy to the standard required for the Part One Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy, students must complete 1 subject worth 100 credit points.

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• an undergraduate or graduate medical degree recognised by the AMA, such as MBBS or its equivalent qualification.
Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic performance, and
• any post-degree clinical experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:

Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the degree.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team :

Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

Academically excellent:
o have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
o have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
o reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
o be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
o be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:
o examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
o expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
o have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
o have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:
o initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
o have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
o mentor future generations of learners
o engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:
o value different cultures
o be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
o have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
o respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens:
o accept social and civic responsibilities
o be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
o have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

Professional Accreditation:

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

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