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Surgical Sciences MSc

Course Description

Programme description

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.

Online learning

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.

Programme structure

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 1
Gastrointestinal 2 and Transplant
Locomotor and Plastics
Endocrinology, Breast and Skin

Year 2: diploma
Preoperative Assessment
Principles of Postoperative and Critical Care
Principles of Surgical Management
Surgical and Communication Skills
Academic Activity

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.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to let you study towards your MRCS in a flexible way.

Visit the Surgical Sciences MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chee Ching Chan

This award-winning MSc qualification in Surgical Sciences is unique compared to other distance online learning programmes. Surgical trainees, like me, have a busy on-call rota and need flexibility to learn. ESSQ definitely fulfils the above criteria to suit my needs. Online case study discussions with experts of their own remit and numerous online multiple choice questions have given me a quantum leap to pass my MRCS examination.
Most importantly, in my third and final year of ESSQ, I learnt the generic and transferrable research skills on how to discover and contribute new knowledge to the current surgical science. This qualification is not just an MSc I put behind my name; it is a qualification that equips me with the qualities to excel both academically and clinically in my surgical career.


Entry Requirements

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.

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