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Remote and Global Healthcare (PGCert/PGDip/MSc)

Course Description

Are you interested in expedition and exploration medicine? Do you work in a healthcare practice in an isolated or remote environment? This full masters programme, originally developed for the international medical polar community, will empower you to confidently meet the challenges of expedition planning. You’ll be primed with the advanced knowledge, skills and understanding to positively influence the organisation, delivery and leadership of remote healthcare wherever you are in the world.

Key feature

Rise to the challenge on this part-time, three year masters programme – become a trained clinician ready to meet the unique tests and emergencies that arise in diverse and remote environments.

Equip yourself with the advanced skills necessary to critically analyse and combine a range of information to make safe and effective decisions in complex, unpredictable and remote situations.

Engage with a programme originally developed for the international medical polar community (British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit – BASMU), with increasing interest in recent years from the military and other areas.

Benefit from a blended learning delivery.

Develop your knowledge of remote information sources such as telemedicine.

Learn through action – develop your knowledge and skills with an emphasis on work and practice-based dissertation projects.
Take advantage of a collaborative educational partnership between local NHS services, higher education, clinical services and experts including the military.

Enhance your learning with our established links to the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit and the Diving Diseases Research Centre.

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma

Rise to the challenge on this part-time, one year postgraduate certificate programme – take the first steps to becoming a trained clinician ready to meet the unique tests and emergencies that arise in diverse and remote environments.

On successful completion of this postgraduate certificate award you may choose to progress onto a second year of study towards a postgraduate diploma.

On this part-time, two year postgraduate diploma programme, build on your knowledge gained during the postgraduate certificate year and continue your learning journey towards becoming a trained clinician ready to meet the unique tests and emergencies that arise in diverse and remote environments.

On successful completion of this postgraduate diploma award you may choose to progress onto a third year of study and complete a dissertation to be awarded a full masters degree.

Course details

During your first year with this programme you’ll have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of remote medicine and of the distinct environmental, physical and psychological factors associated with working as a remote clinical practitioner.

In your final year, you will plan, research and complete the dissertation associated with the masters programme. The dissertation is designed to enable you produce a project under supervision, and to demonstrate project design, development, evaluation and synthesis skills.


Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
Two references
Visual evidence for art and design applicants
Two passport photographs
Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits. To qualify for the award of a Masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at Plymouth University.

If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.

Plymouth University is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).

The Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Assist.

Visit the Remote and Global Healthcare (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language.

Course Fees

Part-time (per 60 credits): UK/EU: £2,520, International: N/A, Islands: £5,130

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