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The University of Edinburgh: Surgical Writing and Evidence Based Practice (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Clinical Sciences
Study type Taught


The Postgraduate Certificate of Surgical Writing and Evidence Based Practice is offered by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the British Journal of Surgery Society (BJSS). The programme aims to support surgeons and others to acquire an academic qualification that recognises knowledge and skills in surgical writing, editing and evidence based surgical practice.

Why Edinburgh? As one of the top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021), the University of Edinburgh has a strong historic and trusted reputation within academic surgery and particularly online surgical education. The BJSS has a unique international reputation within surgical editing and publishing. The Certificate Programme exploits the strong synergies between both parties, ensuring that teaching insights and material are contemporary and at the cutting edge of academic surgery practice.

This part-time, online learning programme builds on the global reach of the University’s existing successful award-winning online surgery programmes, providing students an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in surgical writing and evidence based surgical practice without a requirement to be based in Edinburgh. Students may elect to take individual courses as Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) or take all four courses, gaining sufficient to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate degree. A global student population from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds will enjoy a rich learning experience while studying on the programme.

Who this programme is for? The programme will attract surgeons and others globally and provide a formal qualification for those wishing to enhance their professional and academic development in surgery or related fields. Applicants would be recommended to set aside 100 hours for each 10 credits of study.

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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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