This programme is delivered by the University in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and leads to the award of Master of Surgery (ChM). It runs alongside clinical training and complements in-the-workplace training.
Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, it offers trainees in vascular and endovascular surgery the opportunity to study topics relevant to the speciality and supports preparation for final professional exit exams such as FRCS and FEBU. Your study will allow you to improve your evidence-based knowledge and enhance your clinical practice.
On completion of this programme, trainees will be able to:
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen surgical sub-specialty, and be able to apply this knowledge to the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting
- recognise the leadership contribution and responsibilities of the surgeon in the multidisciplinary management of complex surgical disease
- critically reflect upon day-to-day surgical practice in the context of recent advances, and engage in critical dialogue with peers and experts in other sub-specialities
- apply the general principles of clinical study design, ethics, and statistics to critically evaluate the scientific literature in surgical research, and make informed judgements on new and emerging issues in surgery
- exercise a high level of autonomy and initiative in professional activities at a level of independent surgical practice
The programme is taught entirely online and our students are supported through asynchronous discussion by our faculty of Consultant Urologists.
Our interactive online learning technology enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
The programme runs on a semester basis over two years and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week, in a flexible modular manner. It is anticipated that some of this study would receive credit or mirror 'in-the-workplace' activities.
The online distance learning nature of this programme is perfect for doctors working unsociable shift patterns. You will have access to high-quality, interactive online resources, e-journals and online textbooks, as well as dedicated technological support.
Compulsory modules will cover the basic elements of the speciality of urology, including oncology, andrology, stone disease, reconstructive urology, paediatric urology and renal transplantation. Each module is based on relevant surgical cases and includes discussion board and video master classes.
Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an academic research project in Year 2 e.g. Original research or a Systematic Review in a relevant area of work. Following completion of the programme, students are encouraged to seek publication of their study in a peer-reviewed journal.
Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussions with e-tutors who are all leading clinicians in their field. Students also have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. A written examination (MCQ) is held in the second year, following the completion of core modules.
This award would highlight your interest in the speciality and commitment to continuing professional development. It is designed to enable you to study for final professional surgical examinations in a structured yet flexible way.
Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the surgical speciality and application of this knowledge to the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting.
If you wish to be involved with teaching or research you will also find this a useful qualification.
A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) recognised by the General Medical Council and must have acquired your MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone).
UK applicants must be an Advanced Trainee in Urology (UK ST 4) and be based in a supervised surgical training programme at the time of enrolling.
Applicants from outside the UK must have completed a minimum of 24 months of basic training in surgery and 18 months of speciality training in urology before enrolling for the ChM.
Surgeons who have a consultant or career grade post (or equivalent) in urology are also eligible for entry.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Scholarships and funding
The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive.
UK government postgraduate loans
UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs.
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