Edinburgh Surgery Online

ChM Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

This two-year part-time Masters programme delivered through the University of Edinburgh’s virtual learning environment, taught entirely online, is designed to give you the freedom to study flexibly.

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.

Our interactive online learning technology enables you to communicate with our teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

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. You will also develop skills in academic surgery and undertake an independent research project.

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.

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. 

Eligibility Criteria

Prospective applicants must have a medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) recognised by the General Medical Council in the UK or an equivalent national body, and must have acquired MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone).

UK applicants must be an Advanced Trainee in Vascular Surgery (UK ST 3/4) and be based in a supervised surgical training programme at the time of enrolling.

For those applicants who have already completed their surgical training, we will look at each application on a case-by-case basis and may accept if there is a substantive training element in their current post.

Applicants from outside the UK must have completed a minimum of 2 years basic training in surgery and 2 years specialty training in Vascular Surgery before enrolling for the ChM.

Surgeons who have a consultant or career grade post (or equivalent) in Vascular Surgery are also eligible for entry.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Semester 1 September to January                                                                                

Principles of Vascular Practice

10 credits


5 credits

Open Vascular Practice & Infection

5 credits

Chronic Limb Ischaemia & Complications of Diabetes

5 credits

Renal & Mesenteric Vascular Disorders

5 credits

Semester 2 February to June  

Principles of Imaging

5 credits

Principles of Endovascular Practice

5 credits                                        

Cerebrovascular Disorders

5 credits

Acute Limb Ischaemia & Vascular Trauma

5 credits

Upper Limb & Non-atheromatous lower limb disorders

5 credits

Venous & Lymphatic disorders

5 credits

Total credits (at Level 12): 60

Year 2

Semester 1 September to January         

Critical Care & Emergency Surgery     

10 credits

Core Academic Activity

20 credits




Semester 2 February to July  

Specialist Academic Activity

30 credits


Total credits (all Level 12): 60

Cumulative credits required for award of ChM: 120

Fee Information

Students on full-time and part-time programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that annual tuition fees are subject to revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for a programme.

Online learning fees 2024-2025 | The University of Edinburgh

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