Clinical Surgery


The progression from medical school to foundation and speciality training, and postgraduate opportunities for study and research.


Choosing a surgery topic for your Student Selected Component (SSC) or summer vacation project, as well as funding opportunities and information for visiting medical students see link: Undergraduate


Recruitment in Clinical Surgery: Clinical Surgery recruits annually to combined posts as Resident Medical Officer at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital/Clinical Research Fellow in the department of Clinical Surgery. The posts enable trainees to take time out of their training programme to concentrate on research and to attract further research grant funding. In exceptional circumstances, and subject to satisfactory performance, these posts might be extended for one year. Fellows are encouraged to register for a higher degree -Spire Murrayfield RMO/Clinical Research Fellow


Surgical career paths: In addition to foundation and specialty training, there are opportunities to undertake a period of clinical academic research -Surgical career paths


Foundation programme: Two Foundation years prepare you for speciality training in surgery -Foundation programme


Specialty training: Training in these highly competitive posts includes a Surgical Teaching Programme -Specialty training


Postgraduate distance learning: Surgical trainees can gain additional qualifications with our MSc programmes in Surgical Sciences -Postgraduate distance learning


PhD research: We offer an exciting and diverse range of laboratory-based and clinical research training projects -PhD research


MD research: Opportunities are available for research toward the degree of MD -MD degree entry requirements


One year clinical fellowships (Advanced Specialty Training Fellowships): Available for surgeons at the end of their general surgical training - Clinical Fellowships

To join our Medical Elective Programme, please contact our MVM Elective office for more information.

Medical Electives Office

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We accept individual surgeons from the UK and abroad to visit Clinical Surgery to gain surgical experience in the role of an observer.

Potential applicants should note that many applications are received and it is only possible to accommodate a small proportion of these. It should also be appreciated that "hands-on" experience is not possible within such a short-term observership and there should not be an expectation that scrubbing and assisting in operating theatres is possible.

If you wish to be considered, please contact Susan Keggie ( enclosing the following:

  • a full CV with reference
  • details of the sub-specialty department you wish to visit
  • an account of your experience to date in that sub-specialty and the reasons why you wish to visit Edinburgh (200 words)
  • the dates you wish to visit (note, normally a maximum of one month)

Surgical Associations and Journals

A list of online resources of interest to students at all levels - Surgical Associations and Journals