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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    MSc One year, PG Dip 6 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    02 May 2019

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.

Key Benefits

  • World-class learning course 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 is 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.

MSc students will complete the course in one year, studying September to September while PG Dip students will complete the course in six months, studying September to March. 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 course

Teaching

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

Required Modules

 Aerospace Medicine MSc Pathway

  • Aerospace Physiology (40 credits)
  • Operational Aviation Medicine (40 credits)
  • Clinical & Commercial Aerospace Medicine (40 credits)
  • Research project in Aerospace Medicine (60 credits)

Aerospace Medicine PG Dip Pathway

  • Aerospace Physiology (40 credits)
  • Operational Aviation Medicine (40 credits)
  • Clinical & Commercial Aerospace Medicine (40 credits)

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 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 MSc course and DAvMed courses have been employed in all these areas and enjoyed a varied and challenging career.

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