Is there an option to take a break from the programme if necessary?
All matriculated students at the University of Edinburgh can apply for an Interruption of Studies (IoS), which is approved if the reason for doing so is deemed appropriate, thus allowing students to defer studies for up to 24 months. Each IoS is valid for a fixed 12 month period.
What is the time commitment required to make a success of this? i.e how many hours per week are students expected to dedicate to the programme?
The guide is around 15 hours per week, but much of the work is based around day-to-day clinical practice, i.e interaction between study and their surgical post. Much of the activity will reinforce learning in the work place.
How will I be supported during my studies?
There are a number of ways you will be supported during your studies, these include:
- Experienced tutors and Academic eFacilitators
- Individual feedback and moderation of discussion forums
- Advice from Academic eFaciliator, a Personal tutor and Programme Administrator
- An introductory online induction to familiarise students with using the online learning environment
- Peer support from other participants as part of the programme activities and facilitated discussion
- Administrative support from the programme administrator via the online environment, email and phone
- Access to a variety of learning resources in different formats such as videos, journals and presentations
Is there a requirement to travel to Edinburgh?
The courses are delivered entirely online. It is mandatory that students sit exams in person, however students are not required to attend the exam in Edinburgh as exam centres throughout the world are used.