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Postgraduate Programmes


Run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the ESSQ suite of Postgraduate eLearning programmes offer a range of options for surgeons in the various stages of their training.

The Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (MSc)

If you are focused on a career in surgery you will need to turn your attention to the demands of sitting the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination and competing for surgical training posts. This unique programme helps you both work towards passing your MRCS exam and gain a highly regarded MSc in Surgical Sciences. The first two years follow the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum and prepare students for the MRCS exam. The third and final year allows the student to undertake a research project that can be focused on their own specialist surgical area of interest and leads to an MSc in Surgical Sciences.


Diploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine

Flexible, part-time study delivered primarily by distance learning, with a two day residential in Edinburgh. Study for postgraduate Diploma, Certificate, or take individual modules as CPDs. Intakes in March and September. For further information please contact the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care: diprom@rcsed.ac.uk, or visit the Faculty website.

Location: Online, Edinburgh
Fee: Diploma £6,499, Certificate £3,250, CPD per module £544
Course Status: Places available


Diploma in Mountain Medicine

Delivered by blended learning, study for postgraduate Diploma or Certificate. Taught via four residential weeks (two in Wales, one in Scotland, one in Switzerland), blended with online learning. Intakes once a year in October, limited to 30 places. UIAA/ICAR/ISMM accredited. For further information please contact the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care: mtnmed@rcsed.ac.uk, or visit the Faculty website.

Location: Online plus Wales, Scotland, Switzerland
Fee: Diploma £5,050, Certificate £4,550
Course Status: Applications for the 2017-2018 intake open at 9am BST on Wednesday 10 May 2017


MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology

Developed in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES), this programme supports the optometrists' and early career ophthalmology trainees' acquisition of applied knowledge in the basic ophthalmic sciences, equipping them with the key academic tools to support their lifelong learning throughout their training and ophthalmic career.


The Edinburgh Specialist Surgical Qualifications (ChM)

The programmes are based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum and provide the opportunity for trainees to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared subspecialty, and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations. There are currently four specialty specific ChM programmes for General Surgery, Urology, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Vascular & Endovascular and Clinical Ophthalmology. Full details of all ESSQ programmes can be found on the following dedicated programme websites:


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