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This two-year part-time Masters programme delivered through the University of Edinburgh’s virtual learning environment, taught entirely online, is designed to give you the freedom to study flexibly.

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, it offers trainees in vascular and endovascular surgery the opportunity to study topics relevant to the specialty and supports preparation for final professional exit exams such as FRCS and FEBVS.

Your study will allow you to improve your evidence-based knowledge and enhance your clinical practice.

Our interactive online learning technology enables you to communicate with our teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

You will be taught through a clinical problem-based approach using asynchronous discussion boards to cover technical skills and procedures relevant to the cases as well as core knowledge and clinical skills. You will also develop skills in academic surgery and undertake an independent research project.

Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Prospective applicants must have a medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) recognised by the General Medical Council in the UK or an equivalent national body, and must have acquired MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone).

UK applicants must be an Advanced Trainee in Vascular Surgery (UK ST 3/4) and be based in a supervised surgical training programme at the time of enrolling.



For those applicants who have already completed their surgical training, 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.

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.

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


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Programme Structure of ChM in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Year 1

Semester 1

to January
Principles of Vascular Practice
10 credits
5 credits
Open Vascular Practice & Infection
5 credits
Chronic Limb Ischaemia & Complications of Diabetes
5 credits
Renal & Mesenteric Vascular Disorders
5 credits
Semester 2

to June
Principles of Imaging
5 credits
Principles of Endovascular Practice
5 credits
Cerebrovascular Disorders
5 credits
Acute Limb Ischaemia & Vascular Trauma
5 credits
Upper Limb & Non-atheromatous lower limb disorders
5 credits
Venous & Lymphatic disorders
5 credits

Year 2

Semester 1

to January
Critical Care & Emergency Surgery
10 credits
Core Academic Activity
20 credits
Semester 2

to July
Specialist Academic Activity
30 credits

Fee information

ChM in Vascular & Endovascular Fees for academic year 2021/22

Students on full-time and part-time programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that annual tuition fees are subject to revision and are typically increased by approximately 5% per annum. This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for a programme.

Year 1: £6,850
Year 2: £6,850

Please see the scholarships page for full information on the range of Edinburgh Surgery Online Scholarships available. 

Directly relevant to every aspect of my day-to-day clinical practise

The ChM has increased my background knowledge, my clinical reasoning, my critical appraisal skills and my ability to perform self-reflection. It is directly linked to my training curriculum, and so is directly relevant to every aspect of my day-to-day clinical practise – and provides an excellent revision aid for the FRCS examination.

Matthew Thomas

ChM Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Graduated 2017.

Gave me the opportunity to work and study at the same time

I am a vascular surgery trainee from Malta. When I was reading for ChM in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, I was working/training in a full-time setting with a 48hour+ week. I also have a passion for research and academic vascular surgery. Online distance learning was the best setting for me because it gave me the opportunity to work and study at the same time. Through online distance learning I was able to meet international tutors and colleagues and discuss cases (in-line with the current module) that I was encountering on a daily basis. As a result I was able to understand the subject even further. Working from an island makes travelling to European Universities on a regular basis expensive. Online distance learning cut down travelling costs and gave me the opportunity to channel the expenses towards other academic areas.

Matthew Grima

ChM in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Graduated 2015

Programme team

Mr Andrew Tambyraja
ChM Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Programme Director and Year 2 Director


Mr Tambyraja is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Mr Tambyraja completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Nottingham and undertook his Vascular training in Edinburgh and Endovascular training in Arizona and Leicester.

He is the Clinical Director for Vascular Surgery in Edinburgh, and has an interest in complex endovascular aneurysm repair and vascular trauma.

He has an ongoing interest in clinical research and medical education. He is an Intercollegiate Examiner for both the FRCS in Vascular Surgery and General Surgery. He also sits on the UK Specialty Advisory Committee for Vascular Surgery.

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Phillipa Burns
ChM Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Year 1 Director

BScMedSci, MB (ChB), MD, FRCS

After my undergraduate training and Basic Surgical Training in Edinburgh, I spent two years in Birmingham undertaking research looking at coagulation changes in patients with claudication.  This led to the award of an MD, and Higher Surgical Training in General and Vascular Surgery back in Edinburgh and South East Scotland.  I supplemented my training with a year's fellowship in Sydney to gain further experience in endovascular techniques.

In October 2009 I was appointed as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.  

I am involved in all aspects of Vascular Surgery, but have particular interests in endovascular surgery, surgery for thoraco-abdominal aneurysms and vascular access for haemodialysis.

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