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The BJS Institute provides a portfolio of accredited online surgical courses to complement BJS Academy.

These will be delivered by the University of Edinburgh from the Edinburgh Surgery Online team, renowned for their award-winning online masters programmes.

Edinburgh & Online Surgery Learning

About us

This quality educational resource will be accessible on virtual learning environments (VLEs) supported by the University of Edinburgh. The courses will cover key pillars of surgical writing, editing, publishing and evidence based surgical practice.

They will provide surgeons in training and independent practice with the tools to:
  • Prepare a quality manuscript for publication.
  • Critically appraise a manuscript submitted for consideration for publication in a surgical journal.
  • Develop the skills and experience to ensure surgical practice is undertaken with a clear understanding of best surgical practice in publishing.

For more information please contact: or visit the website.

Manuscript to publication

The credit from our part-time online surgical courses can be accumulated and contribute towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Surgical Writing and Evidence Based Surgical Practice which will commence in September 2024.

Writing in Surgery - launching September 2024

10 credits

This course will enable students to construct a surgical paper and understand the fundamentals of publishing an article. A variety of activities will be employed to suit different learning styles and encourage an engaged, interactive and collaborative group of students who will be able to participate and contribute in a flexible manner.

Reviewing the Evidence Base in Surgery - launching January 2025

10 credits

This course will allow you to take your surgical writing skills to the next level.
Supported by experienced tutors from the University of Edinburgh and the editorial team supporting the two journals (BJS and BJS Open) of the BJS Foundation, you will be guided to formulate a surgical research question and undertake an in-depth critical review of the evidence base, as a starting point to a research project.

Editing in Surgery - launching January 2025

20 credits

Optimise your chances of having a paper published in a surgical journal.
Supported by experienced tutors from the University of Edinburgh and the editorial team supporting the two journals (BJS and BJS Open) of the BJS Foundation, you will be guided through the skills required to develop a deep understanding of peer review and editing.

Evidence Based Surgery - launching April 2025


The package of four courses will arm you with skills that enable you to write a paper and optimise publication strategies through understanding how to develop research questions, the principles of trial design and data analysis, and the editorial process.

Postgraduate Certificate in Surgical Writing and Evidence Based Surgical Practice - launching September 2023


The Writing in Surgery (launched September 2023), Reviewing the Evidence Base in Surgery (launching January 2024), Editing in Surgery (launching January 2024) and Evidence Based Surgery (planned for April 2024) courses together provide you with the opportunity to secure a 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate qualification.

For more information please visit the website.

Course and support programme

Martyn Evans

Mr Martyn Evans

Course Lead and Editor, BJS

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery, Swansea University

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

James Garden

O James Garden CBE BSc MB ChB MD DSc(hon) FRCSEd FRCPEd FRSE FRCSCan(hon) FRACS(hon) FACS(hon) FRCS(hon) FCSHK(hon) FRCSI(hon)

Professor Emeritus, Director, Edinburgh Surgery Online

Formerly, Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh; Past Editor-in-Chief, HPB and Past Associate Editor, World Journal of Surgery

Dr Susan Morrow

Dr Susan Morrow

Deputy Programme Director, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh Surgery Online

Adam Chalmers

Adam Chalmers

Programme Support Officer

BJS Foundation and the University of Edinburgh

The collaboration between the Foundation and the University of Edinburgh underpins the Academy’s mission to provide an accessible hub to support the professional development of surgeons worldwide.

The Foundation’s strategic partners can access academic opportunities provided by the Institute, as well as bursaries to offset course fees.

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Surgery Online

In 2007, Edinburgh Surgery Online launched its first online masters programme. The pioneering three-year MSc in Surgical Sciences was established to support professional and academic development in the early years of surgical training. It was recognised for its innovation and excellence by the Queen’s Anniversary Award for Higher and Further Education in 2013.

The successful launch of a two-year ChM in General Surgery in September 2011 to support advanced surgical trainees was soon followed by ChM’s in Urology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, as well as Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. An MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology and ChM in Clinical Ophthalmology were developed to support optometrists, other allied health care professionals and ophthalmologists in training. The most recent MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors launched in 2018, recruiting a wide range of graduate health care professionals.

The highly popular programmes have enrolled over 500 students each year. A total of 2,423 students from 76 countries have registered across the eight online masters programmes, which have seen over 1000 students and trainee surgeons graduate. Global outreach has increased considerably in recent years and is now underpinned by a large scholarship programme. In 2021 this provided full funding to 70 postgraduate students in low- and middle-income countries.

Edinburgh Surgery Online & The University of Edinburgh

Our people

The Foundation, Journals and Academy are managed by various teams of specialists, dedicated to delivering world-class surgical education.


The Foundation owns and publishes two surgical journals, BJS and BJS Open.

One of the most respected journals in the world, BJS provides a combination of scientific articles, reviews and critical commentary. Designed to complement BJS, BJS Open offers a similar range of content and allows authors to publish quality open access research.

Read the Journals
BJS Open & BJS Journals

BJS Academy team

The talented team behind the Academy bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles.

The Academy website is managed by IT partners, Firefly Design Agency, a Content Management team coordinated by ACS Global and a Content Creation team managed by Jonothan Earnshaw.



Jonothan Earnshaw manages and coordinates the activities of BJS Academy.

Content Creation team

Content Creation team

Supporting the Director, this team creates the Academy’s educational resources.

Management team

Management team

This team supports the Director to deliver the strategy and manage the delivery of the Academy.