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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit website for more details

  • Last Updated

    28 November 2017

Course content

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
  • Colorectal
  • Urology
  • Locomotor and Plastics
  • Endocrinology, Breast and Skin
  • ENT/OMFS

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 (Online Distance Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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