• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
This 2-year, part-time masters programme in General Surgery (Online Distance Learning) is offered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The University of Edinburgh, and is taught entirely online. Both institutions have combined well previously to deliver an award-winning Master’s programme to support early surgical training, and continue to serve as a powerful brand in surgery.


You will be taught by experienced tutors – all leading clinicians in their field – and you will have access to well-defined and managed learning resources and educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility.

This two-year, part-time masters programme in General Surgery (Online Distance Learning) is offered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The University of Edinburgh. Illustrative cases will cover technical skills and procedures as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, this programme allows you to select advanced modules that match your declared subspecialty, and supports your study towards the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

Career opportunities

The ChM provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and those approaching consultancy.



As a world-leading centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • Enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
  • Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students
  • Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
  • Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.

As a great civic university, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Oesophago-gastric Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Emergency Trauma & General Surgery 

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. You should also have acquired MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in General Surgery (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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