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ChM in Urology Overview

The programme is delivered through the University of Edinburgh’s virtual learning environment, UroSURG, and, being online, is designed to give you the freedom to study flexibly.

This two year part-time Masters programme in Urology, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.

Both institutions have combined well previously to deliver an award-winning Master’s programme to support early surgical training (Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification / MSc in Surgical Sciences www.essq.rcsed.ac.uk), and continue to serve as a powerful brand in surgery.

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 will be taught by experienced tutors, all leading clinicians in their field, and will have access to a large structured learning resource of educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility. Illustrative cases will cover technical skills and procedures as well as core knowledge and clinical skills.

In the first year, compulsory core modules will cover the basic elements of the specialty of urology, including oncology, andrology, transplant nephrology, stone disease, neurourology, new technologies and minimal access developments. Each module is based around relevant surgical cases, and includes discussion boards and video master-classes.

In the second year, academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills to ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Trainees will be required to complete an academic critique/dissertation 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.