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Academic Programmes

Since 1998, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been delivering a range of successful international surgical and health related online programmes both independently and in partnership with some of the UK's leading Universities. Our eLearning programmes allow students to learn flexibly and from remote locations, whilst still ensuring an excellent student experience. ESSQ gives trainee surgeons the opportunity to study for their MRCS and gain membership of the College whilst also gaining a postgraduate qualification in their chosen discipline.

Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ)

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

The Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (MSc)

The first two years follow the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum and prepare students for the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination. 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.

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 and Trauma & Orthopaedics and Vascular & Endo-Vascular.

Full details of all ESSQ programmes can be found on the following dedicated programme websites:

Remote and Offshore Medicine

This flexible eLearning programme is aimed at health professionals working in remote and offshore locations. It is an online course at prostgraduate level, studied on a part-time basis using the College's virtual learning environment. Students can choose to study individual modules as CPD, or  work towards a Certificate or Diploma award. All teaching is online, with students and faculty based in locations all over the world. The Diploma programme includes a residential component towards the end of the course. More information about this course, including how to apply, can be found on the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care website.

Mountain Medicine

The programme gives registered healthcare practitioners the theoretical and practical knowledge to manage the specific illnesses and diseases that may occur in the mountain environment. This flexible blended learning programme provides a unique and challenging programme that combines mountaineering and medicine. It provides a range of interesting learning opportunities encompassing theoretical knowledge and practical skills. More information on the Faculty of Pre-Hospital care website.


Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.