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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is this new programme going to help me in my medical or surgical training in ophthalmology?
    The intention is that the ChM will deliver a quality assured distance learning programme over two years as the trainee comes to the end of formal medical or surgical training.  Given that it is based on the current curricula of the FRCSEd (Ophth) and FRCOphth in the United Kingdom and Ireland, it will ensure that all emergency and elective aspects of ophthalmology are covered and prepare the trainee for the end of training assessment process.
  2. How does it allow me to express my subspecialty interest?
    In the second year, the core and specialist academic activities will be tailored to the individual trainee to focus on advanced subspecialty practice.
  3. How much does it cost?
    Current fees are £5750 for the 2018/19 academic year. For full information please visit the University website
  4. Is it possible to pay the fees in instalments?
    Yes, but full-payment must be met by end of the following March after September entry.  Please follow this link for full information regarding Direct Debit payments:
  5. Is there an option to take a break from the programme if necessary?
    All matriculated students of Edinburgh University can apply for an "Interruption of Studies", which is approved if the reason for doing so is deemed appropriate, thus allowing students to defer studies for up to 24 months.
  6. Can I just take specific modules?
    This programme provides academic credits that lead to a recognised postgraduate qualification. At the present time, there is no intention that individual modules be made available but this will be reviewed once the programme is established and quality assured.
  7. What is the time commitment required to make a success of this? i.e. how many hours a week are students expected to dedicate to the programme?
    The guide is around 15 hours per week, but much of the work is based around day-to-day clinical practice. Much of the activity will reinforce learning in the work place and should be familiar to the trainee.
  8. Are students required to have a clinical director to support them?
    No, the ChM is an independent activity. However, in the second semester of Year 2, students will need to find a supervisor to oversee their research project.
  9. Is there a requirement to travel anywhere or is everything done online?
    The course is delivered entirely online.  Students who are not resident in the UK are not required to attend the exam in Edinburgh; exam centres throughout the world will be used.
  10. Will you be offering ChMs in other specialties?
    The ChM in General Surgery launched in 2011.  The ChM in Trauma & Orthopaedics and a ChM in Urology launched in 2012. The ChM in Vascular & Endovascular launched in September 2013. Plans for the other specialties will be reviewed. It is intended that flexible modular programmes be available to suit specialist needs but it is not yet clear that all surgical specialties would benefit from the same educational approach.