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For over 26 years, the University of Otago has been an exceptional provider of distance teaching in the fields of Aviation Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport. Read more
For over 26 years, the University of Otago has been an exceptional provider of distance teaching in the fields of Aviation Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport.

The Master in Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) programme is a fully distance-taught that actively encourages international student enrolment.

The University of Otago is a world leader in terms of offering aviation medicine training and professional development for the aviation medicine industry and has 100+ students studying in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This is the only aviation medicine programme in the world to offer distance education. It is supported by academic staff and alumni with strong links to the aviation industry.

Graduates of the programme will meet internationally recognised ‘best practice’ standards for aviation medicine practitioners and are frequently employed by airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Qantas.

The Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) is available through Distance Learning: http://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/distance_study/index.html

Programme Requirements

The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points (normally eight 30-point papers) which shall normally comprise at least 180 points selected from:
AVME 711 Aviation Physiology
AVME 712 Aircrew Health and Performance
AVME 713 Airport and Travel Health
AVME 714 Clinical Aviation Medicine
AVME 715 Principles of Occupational Medicine
AVME 716 Clinical Occupational Medicine
AVME 717 Medical Logistics in Aeromedical Transport
AVME 718 Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport
AVME 719 Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics
AVME 720 Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
AVME 721 Clinical Care in the Air
AVME 722 Organisation of Aeromedical Systems
AVME 723 Managing Occupational Medicine
AVME 724 Health and Industry
AVME 726 Special Topic
AVME 780 Research Project
AVME 785 Research Methods
AVME 801 Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Biostatistics
AVME 802 Vocational Rehabilitation
AVME 803 Specialist Aeromedical Retrieval
AVME 804 International Assistance Operations

Structure of the Programme

-The programme of study shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points.
-At least 180 points must be from papers selected from AVME 711, AVME 712, AVME 713, AVME 714, AVME 715, AVME 716, AVME 717, AVME 718, AVME 719, AVME 720, AVME 721, AVME 722, AVME 723, AVME 724, AVME 726, AVME 780, AVME 785, AVME 801, AVME 802, AVME 803, AVME 804.
-Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 120 points.
-A candidate who has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine, Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, or Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine may be exempted from one or more papers in the programme for the degree to a maximum of 120 points.

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The Aerospace Medicine course aims to provide medical graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and clinical medicine of humans exposed to or working in the aviation environment. Read more

The Aerospace Medicine course aims to provide medical graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and clinical medicine of humans exposed to or working in the aviation environment.

The programme will also prepare students for the examination in the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, DAVMed which is run through the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM). More details can be found here 

Key Benefits

  • World-class learning programme delivered at a location recognised by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board for higher professional training in aviation and space medicine.
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and clinicians.
  • An advanced study course providing unique opportunities to undertake an aeromedical research project that are carried out in the laboratory or in approved aeromedical centres in the UK and elsewhere.
  • Additional preparation for the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, Faculty of Occupational Medicine (RCP) is available.

Description

The Aerospace Medicine course is a unique study pathway that provides physicians with comprehensive theoretical and practical instruction in advanced aviation physiology, psychology, pathology, clinical and operational aviation medicine.

This course includes time based at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine (CAM), as the Centre provides an appropriate location for valuable elements of the teaching and visits to some of the service and civilian establishments used. The Centre also offers unique practical facilities which are available to students on the course.

You will complete the MSc course in one year, studying September to September. If you are following the MSc pathway, you must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, of which 60 will come from a research project and written dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules with a total of 120 credits to complete the programme and can be conducted in just over six months.

Teaching

If carrying out the MSc you will receive approximately 510 contact hours at King’s and various external study locations, primarily the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine at Henlow – this includes lectures, seminars, practical sessions.

If you are studying for the full MSc qualification, you will be expected to spend approximately 600 hours on the research project module and thesis.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of oral presentations, written assignments and written examinations.

The MSc research project and dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing. 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Course accreditation

The course at King’s is delivered at an approved centre of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to specifically deliver education and training for individuals wishing to take the RCP, Faculty of Occupational Medicine examination leading to the award of the Diploma in Aviation Medicine.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus, with some teaching at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine at Henlow as well as other locations, mainly in the UK but commonly with one overseas visit. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Career prospects

Career opportunities in aerospace medicine are varied. Many undertaking specialist training have already been employed specifically for the role and are sponsored to undertake these courses. However others use such training so as to better equip themselves for potential employment.

Areas of possible careers include with airlines, aviation regulators, air traffic services, military aviation and space agencies as well as in academic or commercial research organisations. Some aviation medical examiners (AMEs) undertake the DAvMed. Appointment as an AME in the UK is now restricted to doctors on the GMC specialist register. 

Previous graduates of the M.Sc programme and DAvMed courses have been employed in all these areas and enjoyed a varied and challenging career.



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The MSC in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an inherently interdisciplinary branch of science which has an extremely broad spectrum of applications. Read more
The MSC in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an inherently interdisciplinary branch of science which has an extremely broad spectrum of applications. Fluid dynamics uses numerical methods and algorithms to solve and analyse problems that involve fluid flows. Sectors such as aviation, space, automotive, medicine and environment are just some industries which have fluid flows in common. This course has been designed to reflect the wide applications of CFD. It covers a broad range of fields from aerospace, turbo machinery, multiphase environmental flows and fluid-structure interaction problems.

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