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Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy

  • Graduate Diploma

As a student of the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy, you learn from extensive ProSections and digital resources and have unprecedented levels of lab access to perform comprehensive dissection of a body donor under the supervision of our team of leading anatomists from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
$23,456 per year / $23,456 total

About this course

Accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), this course aims to advance your anatomical knowledge well beyond to the standard required for the college’s Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE) and enhance your verbal and written skills in preparation for the exams and interviews required for Surgical Education and Training (SET) admission. As well as those preparing for a career in surgery, this course is also beneficial to medical professionals such as anaesthetists, radiologists and general practitioners who are looking to develop their technical skillset.

Albert Coates Memorial Prize

A prize of $5,000 awarded to the candidate in the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy who obtains the highest overall mark.

The Albert Coates Memorial Prize was established to perpetuate the memory and achievements of Sir Albert Coates. Sir Albert had close links with the University of Melbourne where he held the position of acting Professor of Anatomy and later was Stewart Lecturer in Surgery. After volunteering for duty during World War II Sir Albert served with distinction and saved many lives as a prisoner of war on the Thai-Burma Railway.

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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.

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.

Have questions?

Speak with a dedicated student support consultant:

Phone: +61 3 8344 0149Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

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How to apply


As this course is hands-on and resource-intensive, it has a strict quota. Early application is advised.

Apply online

It takes about 20 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.

You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.

To complete your application you will require:
  • Course code: GD-SURGANT
  • Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
  • A detailed CV, including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed
  • Transcripts for all courses attempted or completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Transcripts for previous studies undertaken at the University of Melbourne are not required
  • Proof of Citizenship/ Permanent Residency, and
  • Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF.
Get help with your application

A dedicated student support consultant can help you prepare and submit your application.

Contact one of our friendly consultants to talk through:

  • The selection process
  • Preparing your documentation
  • Using the online application system.

Phone: +61 3 8344 0149Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.