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    Full-time: 1 year

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Course content

Space Physiology & Health MSc is a unique programme providing training for biomedical scientists & physicians delivered by international experts from academia, contractors and space agencies (eg NASA). Graduates will be equipped through lectures, seminars and extensive laboratory practicals and visits to RAF & Space Agency (ESA & DLR) facilities to serve future manned space expeditions.

Key benefits

- The programme is unique within Europe.

- Has input from professionals within the Space industry.

- Provides experiences with external partners including the Crew Medical Support Office at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

- Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/space-physiology-and-health-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

- Detailed and in depth knowledge of the physiological effects of the space environment upon humans and of the methods employed to mitigate such effects.

- Provide practical experience in experimentation methods appropriate to investigate the physiological effects of the space environment and those employed to mitigate such effects.

- A knowledge of instrumentation, calibration, data acquisition and the analysis of results whilst applying the appropriate statistical methods.an understanding of the effect of the space environment upon human behaviour and performance.

- An understanding of the effect of the space environment upon human behaviour and performance.

- A detailed knowledge of the practical implications of disease and physical deconditioning in space-faring humans and the practices required to counter and manage such events.

- Knowledge of the characteristics and practices associated with medical and life science research environments in space.

- Course purpose -

The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and operational medicine of humans exposed to or working in the Space environment.

- Course format and assessment -

Full-time study: Approximately 20 hours of taught classes per week with some entire weeks spent at research establishments in the UK and abroad. Part-time study: Not offered. The programme will comprise lectures, tutorials and seminars with a large practical component. The latter will provide personal experience and experimental studies of a wide variety of Space relevant environments including flight, acceleration, heat and cold, noise, and spatial disorientation. Modules are assessed by coursework and/or examinations. The 10,000 word dissertation (with 10+5 min oral presentation) aims to facilitate student research in the labs of world renowned supervisors in space agencies, academia and industry across the globe.

Career prospects

The programme provides a range of multidisciplinary skills and will help those wishing to pursue a career in human physiology in its broadest sense, either in academic research i.e. PhD, in industry, in Ministry of Defence research laboratories or National/International Space agencies including ESA.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Space Physiology & Health MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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