This online programme is jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh
and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It covers the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum.
This programme gives you first-rate preparation for the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination, with additional emphasis on acquired knowledge and its application.
The third-year MSc research project also serves as an opportunity to develop an academic career in surgery.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our 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.
Delivered through an online learning environment, students accumulate credits through a series of modules leading to a certificate, diploma or masters qualification.
At the certificate and diploma levels, students must attend an end-of-year examination, held in Edinburgh for UK-based students or with a pre-approved partner institution for international students.
Year 1: certificate
Introduction to the ESSQ
Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Neoplasia, Immunology, Microbiology and Haematology
Gastrointestinal 2 and Transplant
Locomotor and Plastics
Endocrinology, Breast and Skin
Year 2: diploma
Principles of Postoperative and Critical Care
Principles of Surgical Management
Surgical and Communication Skills
Year 3: masters
The final year involves a masters research project in which you will plan, execute and develop a research paper, potentially involving clinical or laboratory research.
This programme is designed to let you study towards your MRCS in a flexible way.
An undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine is required. You must also demonstrate that you will be in a supervised clinical environment while you are studying.