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The programme is delivered through the University of Edinburghs virtual learning environment, GenSURG, and, being online, is designed to give you the freedom to study flexibly.

This two year part-time Masters programme in General Surgery, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

Both institutions have combined well previously to deliver an award-winning Masters programme to support early surgical training, and continue to serve as a powerful brand in surgery.

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the programme provides the opportunity for trainees in General Surgery to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared subspecialty, and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

Trainees will be taught by experienced tutors, all leading clinicians in their field, and will have access to a large structured learning resource of educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility. Illustrative cases will cover technical skills and procedures as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.

In the first year of the programme, compulsory core modules will cover the basic elements of the subspecialties (emergency surgery and critical care including the assessment and the pre-/peri-/post-operative care of the surgical patient). Modules will be taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

In the second year, trainees will have the opportunity to undertake a tailored academic module that reflects their subspecialty interest. Academic modules (core and specialist) will explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Trainees will be required to complete an academic critique in an appropriate subspecialty area of work undertaken during the two year period of study such as that resulting from a publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

On completion of this programme trainees will be able to:

* demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen surgical subspecialty, 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-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.

Career opportunities

The ChM provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and those approaching consultancy.

Programme structure

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, this programme allows you to select advanced modules that match your declared subspecialty, and supports your study towards the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

Year 1

Compulsory modules will cover the basic elements of subspecialties, for instance, emergency surgery and critical care including the assessment and the pre-/peri-/post-operative care of the surgical patient.

These modules will be taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

Year 2

You will undertake a tailored academic module that reflects your subspecialty. You will explore research and teaching methodology, develop your skills in analysing published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. You will also complete an academic critique in a subspecialty area of work.


UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


Program requirements

A basic medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council is required. You should also have acquired MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in General Surgery (ST [specialist training years] 5/6 in UK or equivalent if outside UK). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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* The Maudslay Scholarship
* The Higgs Centre Scholarships
* Master's Scholarships in High Performance Computing
* Head of School Scholarships (GeoSciences)

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As a world-leading centre of academic excellence we aim to:

* Enhance our position as one of the worlds leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
* Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students
* Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
* Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.

As a great civic university, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland.

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