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Planned changes to the ChM Urology Programme:
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As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering high quality accessible education for urologists, we are reviewing our programme structure and delivery to potentially make available to a wider range of prospective candidates. We would like to hear your views to identify what changes (if any) are important to you.

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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, the programme provides the opportunity for trainees in Urology to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared specialty, 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 specialty of urology. Modules are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by a 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

Prospective entrants would normally have acquired their MRCS (or equivalent assessment milestone) and be an Advanced Trainee in Urology (ST4 [Specialist Training years] in the UK or equivalent outside the UK).

Eligible candidates will have completed a minimum of 18 months’ speciality training in urology before the proposed date of admission to the programme and will be pre-FRCS status.

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 of ChM in Urology

Year 1

Semester 1
to January
Oncology 1
15 credits
Core Urology
15 credits
Paediatric Urology
5 credits

5 credits
Stone Disease
5 credits
Semester 2
to June
    Female Urology/

5 credits
5 credits
New technologies/
Minimal access

5 credits

Year 2

Semester 1
to January
Oncology 2
10 credits
Core academic activity
20 credits
Semester 2
to July
Specialist academic activity
30 credits

Fee information

ChM in Urology Fees for academic year 2023/24

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.

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

I’ve found the ChM Urology to be challenging yet achievable.

It has provided me with the tools to achieve lifelong learning at a very high level, all aided by a worldclass faculty and super support team

Ms Sarah J Hart

ChM in Urology

Programme team

Mr CJ Shukla

Mr CJ Shukla
Programme Director


CJ Shukla is a Urologist who offers subspecialist management of basic and complex men’s health conditions and also maintains his general urology interest by offering assessment and treatment of common urological conditions.  He qualified with distinctions from Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals London, and completed his basic surgical training in Norwich. 

He then furthered his research interest and obtained a PhD from the University of East Anglia by researching into the molecular pathology of prostate cancer.

During his higher surgical training in the field of Urology in the Eastern Deanery (which includes Cambridge and Norwich), Mr Shukla completed the prestigious and competitively sought UCLH (University College London Hospitals) fellowship in Andrology. He furthered this experience and interest with a further fellowship/mentorship type programme in Edinburgh in the fields of andrology and male reconstructive procedures.

Currently, he offers management of complex andrology and male genito-urethral reconstructive conditions including cancers and male infertility. In addition to being the year 1 director of the ChM programme in urology, he is an examiner for the FRCS (Urol), and an Associate editor for the BJUI Knowledge platform (andrology section).

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