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Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (Online Learning) (ChM)

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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2-4 years part-time

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    07 October 2019

Programme description

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 specialty and supports preparation for final professional exit exams such as FRCS and FEBVS. Your study will allow you to improve your evidence-based knowledge and enhance your clinical practice.

On completion of this programme students 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 specialties
  • 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

Online learning

The programme is taught entirely online and our students are supported through asynchronous discussion by our faculty of Vascular Surgeons.

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.

Programme structure

The programme runs on a semester basis over 2-4 years and involves approximately 10-15 hours of study each week.

Courses within the programme are offered as Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Year 1

Compulsory courses:

  • Principles of Vascular Practice
  • Endovascular Practice
  • Open Surgery & Infection in Vascular Practice
  • Vascular Imaging; Aneurysms
  • Chronic Limb Ischaemia & Complications of Diabetes
  • Renal & Mesenteric Vascular Disorders
  • Cerebro-vascular Disorders
  • Acute Limb Ischaemia & Vascular Trauma
  • Upper Limb & Non-atheromatous Lower Limb Disorders
  • Venous & Lymphatic Disorders

You will be taught through a clinical problem-based approach using asynchronous discussion boards to cover technical skills and procedures relevant to the cases as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.

Each semester, courses are taught concurrently such that a student may be engaged in 5-6 asynchronous discussions at any one time (one per course). Students will spent 10-15 hours on programme-related study each week (activities include reading the discussion thread, reading around the topic, contributing to the discussion).

Knowledge and understanding of the specialty is assessed in Year 2 following completion of specialty courses, with a formal multiple choice question examination (SBA and EMI) that replicates the style of the FRCS exam.

Year 2

Compulsory courses:

  • Critical Care & Emergency Surgery
  • Core Academic Activity (Research Methodology and Study Design)
  • Specialist Academic Activity (Research Project)
  • You will have the opportunity to develop skills in academic surgery and undertake an independent research project. The programme offers an alternative to a dedicated research fellowship for those who do not wish to take time out of clinical practice or training.

Career opportunities

This award would highlight your interest in the specialty 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 specialty 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.


Visit the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (Online Learning) (ChM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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