• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
This two-year, part-time masters programme in Trauma and Orthopaedics (Online Distance Learning), taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM).


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

The University of Edinburgh's programme is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.

Career opportunities

Graduates 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.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an academic research project in Year 2 e.g. Original research or a Systematic Review in a relevant area of work. Following completion of the programme, students are encouraged to seek publication of their study in a peer-reviewed journal.

Year 2

Compulsory modules cover the core elements of the subsections of the orthopaedic syllabus. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

Having gained experience from the academic modules in the previous year, students will be expected to critically analyse reference material and where appropriate relate to their own work.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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 (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) recognised by the General Medical Council, and would normally have acquired MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedics (UK ST 5/6 or equivalent).

English language requirements

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

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): 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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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