Masters | Postgraduate Course - Extreme Medicine MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

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Course Fees
For 2019/20, fees will be charged pro rata for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year. This is a 3-year part-time course. The annual fee for 2019 entry is: UK/EU: £8,600 International: £9,600
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Extreme Medicine MSc

Study Details

MSc 3 years part-time

With the increased awareness of global burdens such as humanitarian crises and sudden onset disasters, more than ever there is a need to be delivering healthcare in highly complex and demanding situations.

This unique programme is delivered in partnership between the University of Exeter Medical School and World Extreme Medicine, the world's leading provider of specialist training courses for medics taking their skills into challenging environments.

This is medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries.

This programme is suitable for those from a wide variety of backgrounds. Students have included:

  • Paramedics
  • Medics
  • Nurses
  • Medical scientists
  • Allied healthcare
  • Military medics

Module details

Year One - Compulsory Modules

You will be awarded your PgCert (year one) on completion of:

  • Core Concepts in Extreme Medicine (Residential)
  • Pre-hospital Trauma, Assessment and Treatment (Residential)
  • Human Factors – Situational Awareness (Residential)

Year Two - Compulsory Modules

In addition to modules completed for the PgCert, you will be awarded a PgDip on completion of the following compulsory modules plus 2 optional modules (60 credits):

  • Essentials of Humanitarian relief
  • Disaster Essentials (Residential)

Year Two – Optional Modules

You must select 30 credits (2 options) of the following modules:

  • Special environment – Mountain (Residential)
  • Special environment – Jungle (Residential)
  • Special environment – Polar (Residential)

Year Three - Compulsory Modules

In addition to modules completed for the PgDip, you will be awarded an MSc on completion of the following compulsory modules:

  • Medicine at the Final Frontier (Residential)
  • Dissertation

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be required.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Extreme Medicine is an emerging specialty. Graduates of the programme will enhance their medical skills to practice in challenging and remote environments. They will acquire field based knowledge and skills to demonstrate their strategic understanding of expedition operations, to potential employers and to the wider deployment team.

Potential roles may include:

- Disaster response, working with NGO’s or government contracts
- Medical cover for security operations
- Expedition and wilderness medicine
- Working with media organisations
- Remote research or logistics