The progression from medical school to foundation and speciality training, and postgraduate opportunities for study and research.

Medical Electives Office


Choosing a surgery topic for your Student Selected Component (SSC) or summer vacation project, as well as funding opportunities and information for visiting medical students see link: Undergraduate


Recruitment in Clinical Surgery: Clinical Surgery recruits annually to combined posts as Resident Medical Officer at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital/Clinical Research Fellow in the department of Clinical Surgery. The posts enable trainees to take time out of their training programme to concentrate on research and to attract further research grant funding. In exceptional circumstances, and subject to satisfactory performance, these posts might be extended for one year. Fellows are encouraged to register for a higher degree -Spire Murrayfield RMO/Clinical Research Fellow


Surgical career paths: In addition to foundation and specialty training, there are opportunities to undertake a period of clinical academic research -Surgical career paths


Foundation programme: Two Foundation years prepare you for speciality training in surgery -Foundation programme


Specialty training: Training in these highly competitive posts includes a Surgical Teaching Programme -Specialty training


Postgraduate distance learning: Surgical trainees can gain additional qualifications with our MSc programmes in Surgical Sciences -Postgraduate distance learning


PhD research: We offer an exciting and diverse range of laboratory-based and clinical research training projects -PhD research


MD research: Opportunities are available for research toward the degree of MD -MD degree entry requirements


One year clinical fellowships (Advanced Specialty Training Fellowships): Available for surgeons at the end of their general surgical training - Clinical Fellowships

To join our Medical Elective Programme, please contact our MVM Elective office for more information.



Observerships within the department are coordinated through the NHS Work Placement team. For more information, please contact the team at 

Surgical Associations and Journals

A list of online resources of interest to students at all levels - Surgical Associations and Journals