Master of Surgery

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The Master of Surgery (Latin: Magister Chirurgiae) is an advanced qualification in surgery. Depending upon the degree, it may be abbreviated ChM, MCh, MChir or MS. At a typical medical school the program lasts between two and three years. The possession of a medical degree is a prerequisite. The ChM can be awarded on both clinical and academic competency or on academic competency. The regulations[1] may ask for surgical experience and a thesis topic that is not purely medical.

Following the success of its MSc in Surgical Sciences, the University of Edinburgh Medical School re-established the ChM award in 2011, as an online distance learning degree, in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.[2] The focus of the ChM was to prepare advanced surgical trainees for their FRCS examination, thereby reinstating the purpose of the ChM degree and aligning it with the ISCP curriculum. The ChM therefore combines the academic and professional development of the surgeon approaching independent consultancy. The ChM consolidates the application of specialist surgical knowledge in any clinical setting and is of relevance to independent surgical practice anywhere in the world. The online distance learning ChM uses case and problem-based learning and combines both academic and research components.[2] Each ChM degree programme carries 120 credits which are taught at postgraduate SCQF level 12.[2] The University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh currently offer ChM degrees in 5 specialities (General Surgery, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Urology, Clinical Ophthalmology and Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery).[2]


  1. ^ Hawkins, CF (1985). "Write the MD Thesis". How To Do It (2nd ed.). London. ISBN 0-7279-0186-9. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification - Edinburgh Specialist Surgical Qualifications, ESSQ - Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification - Edinburgh Specialist Surgical Qualifications".