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Career prospects after Master of Surgery (MS)

Career prospects after Master of Surgery (MS)

Last updated: 23 Jul 2020


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Are you not able to decide between a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Master of Surgery (MS) after your MBBS?

Are you worried about the career opportunities available for Master of Surgery (MS)?

Read this article till the end to know more

What is the Master of Surgery (MS)?

The Master of Surgery (MS) is the 3-year post-graduate programme that can be done after the completion of the MBBS. The Master of Surgery (MS) specialises in surgical sciences that are associated with the human body.

Some of the specialisations available in Master of Surgery (MS) are General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology etc. The main aim of the course is to train the MBBS students on various surgical techniques and help them to develop expertise in surgical skills in their chosen specialisations. The MS students will be studying the advanced surgical skills and operating techniques that are related to the specialisations.

Skills required to pursue Master of Surgery (MS) and to become a surgeon.

The MS students are required to have some qualities and skills to become a successful surgeon in their chosen specialisations. Some of the skills necessary for the successful surgeon are:

  • The students should have compassion and empathy towards the patients
  • The students should have excellent grasping skills
  • The students should have excellent eye and hands coordination
  • The students should be extremely calm and should have a lot of patience
  • The students should be a problem-solver by nature
  • The students should have the good analytical ability
  • The students should have an eye to detail
  • The students should have quick decision-making skills
  • The students should also have good managerial and administrative skills
  • The students should have an in-depth understanding of the surgical skills and surgical techniques

Specialisations available in Master of Surgery (MS)

The Master of Surgery (MS) course is classified according to various specialisations. The MBBS students are free to choose their desired specialisations according to their interests.

Some of the specialisations available in Master of Surgery (MS) are

  • MS in General Surgery
  • MS in Cardiology
  • MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • MS in Neurology
  • MS in Orthopaedics
  • MS in Nephrology
  • MS in Oncology
  • MS in Plastic Surgery
  • MS Otorhinolaryngology-ENT

Career Scope of MS (Master of Surgery)

The MBBS students soon after the completion of their degree can choose to do Master of Surgery (MS) and specialise the surgical skills and techniques in their desired specialisations. The chosen specialisations by them decides their career path.

Some of the specialisations to choose are:

MS in General Surgery

The MS in General Surgery typically relates to the surgeries that are involved in internal parts of the human body. They are mostly related to abdominal parts of the human body. They specialise in conducting surgeries in stomach, intestine, liver, rectum etc. They are also responsible to conduct surgeries in the patients suffering from various gastrointestinal problems like appendix, hermaphrodites. They are also responsible for conducting liver transplants. etc.

MS in Cardiology

The MS in cardiology doctor’s expertise in performing cardiac surgeries in the patients. They perform open heart surgeries, heart valve surgeries, implanting pacemakers etc. They are also responsible to conduct major heart surgeries like heart transplantation, heart valves ballooning surgeries etc.

MS in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

The MS in Obstetrics & Gynaecology surgeons are mainly responsible to conduct surgeries related to female reproductive organs. They perform caesareans in delivery, they perform laparoscopic surgeries, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) surgeries, they are also responsible to conduct surgeries related to uterus, ovaries etc.

MS in Orthopaedics

The MS in Orthopaedics surgeons perform surgeries that are related to human bones. They perform bone correction surgeries, bone marrow transplantation, they also treat the fractures by providing steel implants for the patients who met with an accident.

MS in Oncology

The MS in Oncology surgeons mainly treat the cancerous tissues and cells. They perform surgeries to remove cancerous tissues and tumours in the patients suffering from cancer. They also perform chemotherapy treatments for the cancer patients.

MS in Nephrology

The MS in Nephrology doctors will conduct surgeries related to the kidneys and urinary system. They are also responsible for removing kidney stones and cysts. They are also responsible to conduct kidney transplants and many other major surgeries related to kidneys and urinary systems.

Salary Package

The average salary for the MS surgeons ranges from 8 lakhs to 20 lakhs. The starting salary for the MS surgeons will be around 7 lakhs per annum.

The salary varies according to the recruiter and location. The MS surgeons will be earning more according to the experience and skills gained in their careers. The MS surgeons can also practice in their clinics and will be easily earning five-digit amounts.

Placement Opportunities

The Master of Surgery (MS) students are having excellent job opportunities across different sectors of the health industry. They are hired in government hospitals, private hospitals, super- speciality hospitals, multi-speciality hospitals, nursing homes and polyclinics. They are also hired in administrative positions in government health care agencies etc.

They can join as professors in medical colleges and get paid handsome salaries. If they are interested in medical research, then they can join the global research organisations. They can also start practising in their clinics in the communities and earn handsome money.

  • Medanta Health City
  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Fortis Hospitals
  • Columbia Asia Hospitals
  • Aster Healthcare
  • Hosmet Hospitals
  • Jayadeva Institute of cardio- vascular sciences
  • Wockhardt Hospitals
  • Manipal Hospitals
  • Narayana Hrudayalaya
  • Sparsh Hospitals


The MS surgeons are in great demand due to their skills and expertise. The MBBS students who are interested to pursue postgraduate studies can choose between Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS).

The students who are interested in surgical techniques and surgical skills can choose to join the Master of Surgery (MS). There are different specialisations in the Master of Surgery (MS) and students can choose their desired specialisations in the master of surgery (MS). The students with the passion for serving the patients can choose to join the Master of Surgery (MS) and serve society.

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