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COURSE TITLE Master of Surgery








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


This degree would help prepare medical trainees doing their basic surgical or anaesthetic training to develop their academic and scientific skills. It would serve as a stepping stone to academia or also to higher surgical training, bridging the gap between the basic science and clinical fields of Medicine and Surgery.
LEARNING OUTCOMES This programme would enable students to:

1. Describe the epidemiological principles in surgical practice
2. Understand the various statistical techniques and apply them to data analysis
3. Discuss research ethics and the application of law in terms of surgical practice
4. Carry out a critical appraisal of the academic literature
5. Explain the current knowledge of tumours including the use of tumour markers, tumour growth and spread, the surgical and other modes of treatment, and reconstruction following such treatment
6. Discuss the prevention and treatment of sepsis in the surgical environment, including the ward, operating theatre and intensive care setting
7. Describe the principles of cardiovascular, lung and renal physiology and their application to the acutely ill patient
8. Discuss the pathophysiology and management of the patient airway
9. Explain the current theories of pain physiology, management of acute and chronic pain and postoperative pain control
10. The clinical use of non-steroidal anti inflammatories, opiates, muscle relaxants and related drugs in surgical operation
11. Discuss the postoperative care of patients, including drains, intravenous fluids, patient mobilization and nutrition
12. Discuss the prevention and treatment of common postoperative complications such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
13 Understand the process of selection of patients for anaesthesia and contraindications for anaesthesia
14. Select a topic for independent study, commence background reading and draft a research proposal
15. Undertake laboratory or bench work under supervision, collect results and analyse them statistically
16. Be able to propose and discuss mechanisms to explain the results and write a dissertation of 35,000 to 40,000 words
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Entry to higher specialist training rotations in surgical disciplines is highly competitive both locally and overseas.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is mainly targeted at MD graduates, the majority of whom nowadays intend to specialise further and pursue a career in General Surgery or in one of the surgical specialties (such as Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Gastro-Intestinal, Colorectal and Plastic Surgery) as well as candidates intending to specialise in Anaesthesia and Orthopaedic Surgery.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery or
(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualification listed in paragraph (a).

The maximum number of students shall be limited to 20 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed by the Board for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.


Last Updated: 1 September 2016
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Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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