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The University of Edinburgh is collaborating with the BJS Society to develop a portfolio of accredited online surgical courses (BJS Institute) to complement the BJS Academy.

The courses will form part of a Postgraduate Certificate Programme encompassing surgical writing and evidence based surgical practice which is currently under development. The first ten week, ten credit course, ‘Writing in Surgery’ is due to launch in September 2022 and will run again in April 2023. It is being supported by bursaries which have been offered to members of the BJS Society’s strategic partners.

You can register interest and find out more by emailing:

UoEBJSInstitute [at]

Professional Development Courses

These part-time courses will be delivered through the University of Edinburgh’s virtual learning environment. The courses will be delivered entirely online and are designed to give you the freedom to study flexibly.

Applicants for the Writing in Surgery Course will be looking to gain, or consolidate, experience in surgical writing and editing with the possibility of using academic credits for personal professional development or towards a Postgraduate Certificate in surgical writing and evidence-based practice.

The first 10 credit course will be led by Mr Martyn Evans, BJS Editor, and will draw on quality educational content with the support and experience of a global network of enthusiasts and experts drawn from the British Journal of Surgery Society network and the University of Edinburgh.

Credits conferred from each of the courses under development can be transferred towards a 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate in Surgical Writing and Evidence Based Practice.

Due to the unique and completely online nature of the pedagogy, these courses would be an attractive option for those professionals wishing to develop experience in surgical writing, and who would prefer flexible study avoiding the constraints to on-campus learning.


Writing in Surgery

The Writing in Surgery course will enable you to construct a surgical paper and understand the fundamentals of publishing a surgical article.

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