Postgraduate study

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (Online Learning) ChM (Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)

Awards: ChM (Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding opportunities

"A thorough, comprehensive and ultimately enjoyable way to learn vascular clinical and research skills. What may start out as being an excellent way to prepare for professional exit exams, turns out to be a learning experience that will stay with you and enrich your practice throughout your career." (Trainee Surgeon)

"As an International trainee, the ChM Vascular and Endovascular online distance learning program was an excellent addition to my Postgraduate education in vascular surgery. The University offers a comprehensive program covering the gamut of vascular and endovascular surgery from discussion of fundamental principles of core subject material, application of knowledge in problem-based case scenarios, to research and dissertation. In an evolving era of virtual learning, that is fast becoming the norm, the University of Edinburgh ChM Vascular and Endovascular program, together with a unique learning platform and an incredibly committed faculty, is the only one of its kind, seamlessly merging knowledge and application towards building a ‘complete’ vascular and endovascular surgeon setting the benchmark for future online learning programs." (Trainee Surgeon)

"I was a bit apprehensive about feeling somewhat detached with an online course. That hasn’t been my experience at all. The tutors and support staff have been excellent. I’ve also appreciated the consistency with the same people being contactable, not a generic email or helpdesk. That made a huge difference to me." (Trainee Surgeon)

"As my training took place in more than ten hospitals in three different countries, I believe the ChM was the glue that put everything together and helped me make sense of it all. All the teachings and guidance during the ChM helped me greatly in passing the FEBVS." (Trainee Surgeon)

"Having adjusted to online learning, I have found the programme to be helpful. It has allowed me to refresh/update my knowledge in a structured way by encouraging me to engage with the literature. As a busy consultant it can otherwise be hard to find the time to do this." (Consultant Surgeon)

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.

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.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

The programme runs on a semester basis over 2 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 you may be engaged in 5-6 asynchronous discussions at any one time (one per course). You will spend 10-15 hours on programme-related study each week (activities include reading the discussion thread, reading around the topic, contributing to the discussion).

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.

Semester dates for the academic year 2022-23

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

  • Welcome Week: 12 – 18 September 2022
  • Term 1: 19 September - 4 December 2022
  • Term 2: 9 January – 26 March 2023
  • Term 3: 10 April - 25 June 2023

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
ChM (Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)Vascular and Endovascular Surgery2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2022/23

On completion of this programme you 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

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.

These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.

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.

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.

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.

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 (non-MESC).

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:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
ChM (Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)Vascular and Endovascular Surgery2 YearsPart-timeTuition 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:

  • Programme Director, Andrew Tambyraja
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4932
  • Contact: chm.info@ed.ac.uk
  • ChM Programme Administration
  • University of Edinburgh, ESSQ Office Room G10/G11
  • Simon Laurie House, 196 Canongate
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ
Programme start date Application deadline
11 September 2023 25 August 2023

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 or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply 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

  • Programme Director, Andrew Tambyraja
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4932
  • Contact: chm.info@ed.ac.uk
  • ChM Programme Administration
  • University of Edinburgh, ESSQ Office Room G10/G11
  • Simon Laurie House, 196 Canongate
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ