Urology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    5100
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #41 Online
The programme is delivered through the University of Edinburgh’s virtual learning environment, UroSURG, and, being online, is designed to give you the freedom to study flexibly.

About

This two year part-time Masters programme in Urology, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the programme provides the opportunity for trainees in Urology to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared specialty, and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

Trainees will be taught by experienced tutors, all leading clinicians in their field, and will have access to a large structured learning resource of educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility. Illustrative cases will cover technical skills and procedures as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.

In the first year, compulsory core modules will cover the basic elements of the specialty of urology, including oncology, andrology, transplant nephrology, stone disease, neurourology, new technologies and minimal access developments. Each module is based around relevant surgical cases, and includes discussion boards and video master-classes.

In the second year, academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Trainees will be required to complete an academic critique/dissertation in an appropriate subspecialty area of work undertaken during the two year period of study such as that resulting from a publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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.

Programme Structure

The programme runs on a semester basis over two years and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week, in a flexible modular manner. It is anticipated that some of this study would receive credit or mirror in-the- workplace activities.

The online distance learning nature of this programme is perfect for doctors working unsociable shift patterns. You will have access to high-quality, interactive online resources, e-journals and online textbooks, as well as dedicated technological support.

Year 1

Compulsory modules will cover the basic elements of the specialty of urology, including oncology, andrology, stone disease, reconstructive urology, paediatric urology and renal transplantation.

Each module is based around relevant surgical cases, and includes discussion boards and video master classes.

Year 2

Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills.

Trainees will be required to complete an academic critique/dissertation in an appropriate subspecialty area of work.

Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussion with e-tutors, - all leading clinicians in their field. And have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. Students on this course will be expected to lead e-seminars and e-journal clubs, and will produce an e-dissertation in the second year. A written examination (MCQs and EMIs) is held in the second year, following completion of core modules.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applications are made online (see Apply for guidance) and scans of supporting documentation will be required.

To be eligible you must:

  • Upload a scan of an acceptable basic medical degree certificate, MBChB (or equivalent), as recognised by the General Medical Council.
  • Upload a final degree transcript for your basic medical degree (this is an official university document, normally though not always issued at the same time as the degree is awarded. It lists all the courses and grades you received during your degree).
  • Provide contact details of one referees. You will be given the opportunity to enter your referee's email addresses to the online form; the system will then email your referee automatically. This allows your referee to upload your reference electronically to your application. If you obtain your reference personally, the reference MUST be on the headed paper of his/her institution and must be signed by the referee.
  • Prepare a personal statement confirming you are continuing your learning in a supervised clinical environment.
  • If English is not your first language, you also need to provide evidence of proficiency in English. such as an IELTS or TOELF, any English language qualification tests must have been passed at the required level within two years of the start date of the programme. English language qualifications dated over two years ago are not acceptable. (see link below)

Prospective entrants would normally have acquired their MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in Urology (ST [specialist training years] 4 in UK or equivalent outside UK).

Eligible candidates will have completed a minimum of 18 months' specialty training in urology before the proposed date of admission to the programme and will be pre-FRCS status.

If based in a training programme on commencement of ChM then you would be eligible to apply. For those candidates who already hold FRCS status, 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 5100 International

Funding

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