Postgraduate study

Surgical Sciences (Online Learning) MSc, PgProfDev

Awards: MSc, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time, Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding opportunities

Graduating from the MSc in Surgical Sciences is an important milestone in my surgical career and it helped me to pass my MRCS first time. I strongly recommend the course for young surgeons in training who wish to have a strong foundation in basic sciences.

Jin-Jiun Mah MSc Surgical Sciences (Online Learning) graduate

This online programme is jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It offers a broad selection of options from short Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) courses to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science degrees.

Courses making up Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma degrees cover the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, giving you first-rate preparation for the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination, with additional emphasis on acquired knowledge and its application. To gain the Master of Science qualification, students complete a research project which serves as an opportunity to develop an academic career in surgery.

For those wishing to complete a short option, you can choose to take a 10 week PPD course course (Writing in Surgery), delivered in collaboration with the British Journal of Surgery. Please select 'PG Professional Development in Surgical Sciences' to apply for this option.

For those who wish to pursue a longer programme, there are University awards of:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert: 60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip: 120 credits)
  • Master of Science (MSc: 180 credits)

Please select 'MSc Surgical Sciences (Online Learning) - 3 Years (Part-time)' to apply for these options.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

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.

The University of Edinburgh offers a number of outcome awards from its Surgical Sciences programme from short Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) courses to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science

All courses are delivered online using methods that are fully supported by the University’s award-winning online learning environments.

Core Courses

PPD

  • Writing in Surgery

Year 1: Certificate

  • Cardiorespiratory Science
  • Endocrine, Breast and Cell Biology
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Locomotor
  • Urology and ENT/OMFS

Year 2: Diploma

  • Pre-operative Assessment and Per-operative Care
  • Surgical and Communication Skills
  • Critical Care & Trauma
  • Principles of Surgical Management
  • Academic Surgery

Year 3: Masters

You must complete 60 credits in Year 3. You have two options in Year 3:

  • Dissertation; or
  • Evidence Based Surgery

Before selecting your option courses, please ensure you have spoken to your Personal Tutor.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

PPD is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September.

Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

This programme currently offers a 10 credit 'Writing in Surgery Course' as PPD. There are plans to develop more courses that will be launched in 2023. Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

(*Revised 8 April 2022 to include Postgraduate Professional Development information.)

Semester dates for the academic year 2021-2022

These are key dates in the academic year, which vary slightly year to year. For your programme these are:

  • Welcome Week: 13 – 17 September 2021
  • Term 1: 20 September - 3 December 2021
  • Term 2: 10 January – 25 March 2022
  • Term 3: 11 April - 24 June 2022

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2022/23

The Certificate, Diploma and Masters programmes are designed to let you study towards your MRCS in a flexible way. The short PPD course will enhance your knowledge and skills in surgical writing, editing and evidence based surgical practice.

These entry requirements are for the 2022/23 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2023/24 academic year will be published on 3 October 2022.

An accredited medical degree (MBChB or equivalent). You must be in a supervised clinical environment while you are studying.

Students from China

This degree is Band D.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

(*Revised 17 November 2021 to add accepted PTE Academic qualifications.)

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Deposit

You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit before an unconditional offer can be made.

  • £500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)

Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

Tuition fee deposits can be paid using the University's online payment facility, ePay:

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgProfDevUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Surgical

We are offering 10 awards covering tuition fees. These scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are citizens of and resident in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Successful applicants will benefit from the University’s Global Academy network.

The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • MSc Surgical Sciences Programme Administration
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Surgery Online, Office Room G10/G11
  • Simon Laurie House, 196 Canongate
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ
Programme start date Application deadline
12 September 2022 26 August 2022

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding we strongly recommend you apply to the programme as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • MSc Surgical Sciences Programme Administration
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Surgery Online, Office Room G10/G11
  • Simon Laurie House, 196 Canongate
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ