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Programme overview. Providing clinical care in remote locations has its own unique challenges and requires specialist knowledge and skills. Read more

Programme overview

Providing clinical care in remote locations has its own unique challenges and requires specialist knowledge and skills. This flexible part-time eLearning programme is aimed at health professionals working internationally in remote and offshore locations. All teaching is online, with students and faculty internationally based, and students can choose to study individual modules as CPD or towards a Certificate or Diploma award. The Diploma programme includes a residential component towards the end of the students studies.

Programme aims

The main aim of the programme is to provide health professionals working in remote, and in some instances potentially hazardous locations, the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in this environment using an evidence based approach. To this end, students taking this programme will expect to:

1) Acquire and apply theoretical knowledge underpinning effective evidence based clinical care in remote environments

2) Explain and incorporate into clinical care the effects of specific physical environments on the health and well-being of remote workers

Learning Outcomes

Visit our website to view the learning outcomes.

Programme Structure

The programme is designed to be completed in the time frames indicated below; studied part time, with exit points as follows:

Stage 1, Postgraduate Certificate in Remote and Offshore Medicine - minimum of 18 months, maximum of 3 years

Stage 2, Postgraduate Diploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine - minimum of 3 years, maximum of 5 years

For both Certificate and Diploma, Module C01 must be taken first, the remainder can be taken in any order depending on module availability.


Certificate Level – equivalent to 60 credits

Students wishing to exit the programme at certificate level must complete 6 modules in total:

-Module 1: Health and Wellbeing of the Remote Worker

-Module 10: Evidence and Research in Remote Medicine

-Three additional modules from the compulsory list below

-One module from the optional list below

Students who initially opt to study at certificate level have the option to continue studying to Diploma level after successful completion of the 6 modules.


Diploma Level – equivalent to 120 credits

Students wishing to exit the programme at Diploma level must complete 12 modules in total:

-Ten compulsory modules

-Two modules from the optional list below

There is a compulsory two-day student residential at the end of the taught component in Edinburgh which all students must attend to be awarded the Diploma. This is not a requirement for Certificate students.


All modules are modelled on being at Postgraduate Level, Scottish Qualification Framework level 11, equivalent to 10 credits, approximately 100 hours of student learning each (approx. 3 months). Visit our website for further details about each module https://fphc.rcsed.ac.uk/education/remote-offshore-medicine/modules

Compulsory Modules:

C01 Health and Wellbeing of the Remote Worker

C02 Occupational Health in the Remote Setting

C03 Communication in the Clinical Consultation

C04 Telemedicine

C05 Dive Medicine

C06 Tropical Medicine

C07 Aeromedicine

C08 Trauma and Medical Emergencies

C09 Incident and Response Planning

C10 Evidence and Research in Remote Medicine

Optional Modules:

O01 Tactical Medicine

O02 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

O03 Learning and Teaching

O04 Humanitarian and Disaster Medicine

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

It is possible for students to study individual modules as standalone CPDs each worth 100 hours of study. These modules are open to everyone who has a relevant health professional qualification, but who may not yet have enough work experience in the field to meet the entry criteria for the full Certificate or Diploma. Students are taught by the ROM Tutors and study alongside our Diploma and Certificate students.


Those only wishing to study the Dive Medicine Module just to meet DDRC acceptance conditions and gain CPD for their work can join the programme four times a year. Applications can be made via DDRC: https://www.ddrc.org/training/courses/77-royal-college-of-surgeons-of-edinburgh/region-UK/

Entry Requirements

Normally: an undergraduate health related degree or relevant health related professional qualification and current work experience in the Remote Medical Care area. If you don't meet these criteria you are welcome to contact us to discuss your application further as all applicants are individually reviewed with regard to their previous qualifications and experience and you may be able to join the programme. You can view the Entry Criteria on our website.

Those applicants whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of both spoken and written English. This should be equivalent to at least the level of post-secondary (high) school. If the directors have concerns about your English language capability you may be asked to provide evidence of an English Language test, for details visit our website: https://fphc.rcsed.ac.uk/education/remote-offshore-medicine/modules


The payment plan options for all new students joining the programme will be to either pay the programme fees in full (this option protects from further inflationary increases) or to pay per module (module fees are subject to inflationary increases each year). CPD students pay on a per module basis.

The fees for 2018 academic year are as follows:

Diploma Pre-Paid - £6,629

Certificate Pre-Paid - £3,315

Per module 2017 - £555 

New students must select their payment plan at the outset and may not subsequently switch between plans.


There are two intakes per year, in March and September. Applications are made via our secure online applications site. Details of the applications process and deadlines can be found on our website https://fphc-applications.rcsed.ac.uk/(S(b1dav3hitu4ximqbn0aarzm4))/default.aspx


The College is an ELCAS Approved Learning Provider in the MoD Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) Scheme. This means that service men and women in the armed forces can apply for funding towards the cost of the Certificate or Diploma level study. For details visit: http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com

The RCSEd DipROM Programme has also been accredited by the ACRRM (Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine) for the 2014 - 2016 triennium. The Programme has been awarded 30 Core Points on the ACRRM PDP points framework. Full details available at: http://www.acrrm.org.au

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