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MSc Extreme Medicine

Course Description

This unique Masters 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.

The programme’s hallmarks are the practical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to perform at the highest possible level in the field of extreme medicine. Key features are the residential locations of the courses across the UK, and environment specific modules located in mountain, jungle, desert and polar regions. This is medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries.

You will be likely to work with the wider healthcare community - paramedics, nurses, doctors, and military medics. You will be working or looking to work in situations of rapid change and uncertainty and you will be looking to demonstrate capabilities that extend beyond clinical competence into areas such as leadership, communications, teamwork, resilience, humanitarian relief, planning and logistics The programme’s foundations are rooted in the core values of collaboration, challenge, community, impact and rigour, embedded firmly within the University’s mission to make the exceptional happen, by challenging traditional thinking and defying conventional boundaries.

The programme is delivered part time over three years leading from the Post Graduate Certificate in Extreme Medicine in year one to the full Post Graduate Masters qualification in year three.

Programme structure

You will critically examine the challenges of providing safe and effective healthcare in a range of challenging environments. You will focus on both the evaluation of health issues to be expected in the field and the planning and preparation phase for any remote or wilderness activity. Key to the programme is that you learn to recognise and evaluate the unique ethical, professional and legal challenges of delivering medical care in challenging environments. The programme will develop in you, the skills necessary to evaluate research literature, and manage the challenge of implementing health interventions where evidence may be weak or conflicting.

A key part of the programme are the short residential courses designed to provide the challenge of learning in an unfamiliar environment and relying on the collaboration and support of the other participants.

Expert tutors will facilitate group discussions and project work and provide support for independent learning. Assessments are designed to provide opportunities for personal reflection, critical appraisal, evaluation and analysis to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme.

Modules and delivery

The programme has a modular structure and consists of three modules for the PG Cert, with a further 60 credits of modules for the PG Dip, and the addition of the 60 credit MSc research project for the full MSc.
Below are some examples of the modules you might expect on this course include the following;


For the PgCert, the following are residential modules; Core Concepts in Extreme Medicine; Pre-hospital Trauma, Assessment and Treatment and Human Factors – Situational Awareness

PgDip and MSc

Some examples of the modules under development for the PgDip and MSc are as follows;
• Pre Hospital Trauma Care
• Maternal and Children’s Health
• Mountain Medicine
• Polar Medicine
• Jungle Medicine
• Applied Research methods
• Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine Theory and Practical Pre hospital emergency care
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology and maternal and child health, in remote areas and
• Research/Dissertation

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this programme based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. Please see website for up to date information at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/extrememedicinemsc/#Programme-structure

Visit the MSc Extreme Medicine page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a healthcare related discipline. For full information please View Website

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