Postgraduate study

Vascular & Endovascular Surgery (Online Learning)

Awards: ChM (Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)

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

Online learning

Funding available

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

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 2-4 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.

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 2018/19
ChM (Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)Vascular and Endovascular Surgery4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2018/19

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.

A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) recognised by the General Medical Council, and must have acquired MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone).

UK applicants must be an Advanced Trainee in General or 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.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. Data on the success rate for scholarship applications can be seen on our website:

UK government postgraduate loans

UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK, could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs. Full guidance and information can be found on our Scholarships & Student Funding website:

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.

*Online Commonwealth Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Director, Andy Tambyraja
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4932
  • Email: 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
9 September 2019 30 August 2019

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit a reference with your application.

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

Further information

  • Programme Director, Andy Tambyraja
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4932
  • Email: 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