• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
This new two year part-time Masters programme in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (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 programme provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and approaching independent surgical practice.

The ChM in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (Online Distance Learning) at The University of Edinburgh provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and approaching consultancy.

On completion of this programme students 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 specialties
  • apply the general principles of clinical study design, ethics, and statistics to critically evaluate the scientific literature in surgical research, and make informed judgments 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

Career opportunities

The programme will offer an alternative to clinical / laboratory research training for those students who do not wish to take time out of surgical training. It will develop the trainee's academic portfolio and facilitate surgical research projects essential to a research active career.

The ChM programme is designed to follow the ISCP curriculum and prepare the advanced surgical trainee for their exit professional examinations allowing appointment as an independently practising surgeon.

The award of ChM will highlight the trainee's commitment to continual professional development and will ensure a competitive edge when applying for consultant positions.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules in each area of vascular and endovascular surgery are aligned to the ISPC Curriculum. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material, which should mirror ‘in-the-workplace’ activities.

Component courses include Principles of Vascular Practice, Aneurysms, Venous & Lymphatic Disorders, Vascular Trauma and Principles of Endovascular Practice. 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). 

Year 2

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 are required to complete a dissertation based on original research or a systematic review in a relevant area of work.


Applicants should have completed 2 years of training in vascular surgery and be based within a supervised training surgical programme at the time of commencing the course.

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.

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  • 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 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.

Surgeons who have a consultant or career grade post (or equivalent) in Vascular Surgery are also eligible for entry.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

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.

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

    480 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 480 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    480 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 480 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Home / EU / Overseas
  • 5 credits £480
  • 10 credits £960 
  • 20 credits £1,920
  • 30 credits £2,875
ChM - £5750


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