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Overview

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.

Students on the programme can undertake the course in as little as two years, however, we offer the option of intermittent study allowing the option to spread the course over 3 - 4 years. Please contact the Edinburgh Surgery Online office directly if you wish to take this option. 

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

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

In the first year of the programme, compulsory core modules cover the basic elements of the subspecialties. Modules are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

In the second year, trainees undertake a tailored academic module that reflects their subspecialty interest. Academic modules (core and specialist) explore research and teaching methodology, as well as developing skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Trainees are required to complete an academic critique 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.
     

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is open to surgeons and interventional radiologists.

Prospective entrants would normally have acquired their MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in Vascular & Endovascular or General Surgery (ST [Specialist Training Years] 4-6 in the UK.  Candidates in ST3 may be accepted on the course if sufficient training can be demonstrated in their application. 
 

Radiologists should have completed 3 years of core training and have a significant element of training in interventional and vascular radiology in their current position.

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.

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Programme Structure

Year 1

Semester 1
September

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

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
September

to January
Critical Care & Emergency Surgery
10 credits
Core Academic Activity
20 credits
  Examination
MCQ: SBA and EMI
 
Semester 2
February

to June
Specialist Academic Activity
30 credits
 

Fee information

Fees for Academic Year 2018/19 

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: £5,750
Year 2: £5,750

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

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

BMedSci, BM, BS, MD, FRCS(Ed)

Mr Tambyraja undertook his Vascular training in Edinburgh and Endovascular training in Arizona and Leicester. 

He was appointed as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Aberdeen in 2012. 

He has an ongoing interest in clinical research and medical education. His teaching expertise has been recognised through Surgical Teacher of the Month awards from the department of Clinical Surgery at Edinburgh University
 

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Phillipa Burns

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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