Normally a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical experience will be required (see details below).
The full-time course is suitable for some intercalating medical students. Applicants need to have completed a minimum of 3 years of their undergraduate medical degree programme and able to evidence previous relevant experience of travelling or working in remote or hostile environments.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
• IELTS: Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
• TOEFL: Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
• Pearson: 58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.
With the increased awareness of global burdens such as humanitarian crises and sudden onset disasters, more than ever there is a need to be delivering healthcare in highly complex and demanding situations.
This unique 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.
This is medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries.
You will learn the practical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to perform at the highest possible level in the field of extreme medicine. You can also choose to undertake a specialism in Cold Environments, Hot Environments or Humanitarian Relief.
Who this programme is suitable for:
• Medical scientists
• Allied healthcare professionals
• Military medics
• Intercalating medical students
The Extreme Medicine course is a distance-learning programme, delivered through attendance at residentials in the UK or overseas. These are not University of Exeter-delivered field trips, but rather the in-person delivery of the course, provided by World Extreme Medicine, will take place at the relevant delivery site for the module. No teaching is delivered on the university campuses.
Throughout this programme you will critically examine the challenges of providing safe and effective healthcare in a range of challenging environments. Key to this learning to recognise and evaluate the unique ethical, professional and legal challenges of delivering medical care in these environments.
You will undertake a number of residential courses to help you develop these skills, as well as giving you the opportunity to learn with and from your peers.
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.
You are able to specialise in particular areas of Extreme Medicine. This specialism will be reflected in your award title provided you have taken the appropriate modules specified below, and completed an independent research project in the relevant field.
Depending on the specific modules taken, students may receive one of the following named awards:
• MSc in Extreme Medicine (Cold Environment)
• MSc in Extreme Medicine (Hot Environment)
• MSc in Extreme Medicine (Humanitarian Relief)
Your eligibility for the particular award will be confirmed by the final Assessment Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC) on the basis of the modules that have been completed. In order to graduate with a particular named award in parentheses, you will need to notify the programme support team accordingly. Otherwise the award name will be MSc in Extreme Medicine.
Modules and delivery
The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.
To gain a Masters qualification (which equates to 180 credits at level 7), you will need to complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation.
It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.
View the draft timetable of contact days for 2020/21
(Please note: these dates are draft and subject to change)
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course 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.
The award comprises compulsory programme modules, 30 credits of the cold environment specialist modules, a research project in the relevant field, plus optional modules for the remainder of the programme credits.
||Special Environment – Polar
||Special Environment – Winter Alpine Medicine
||Special Environment – Mountain
The award comprises compulsory programme modules, 30 credits of the hot environment specialist modules, a research project in the relevant field, plus optional modules for the remainder of the programme credits
||Special Environment – Desert
||Special Environment – Jungle
The award comprises compulsory programme modules, 30 credits of the humanitarian relief specialist modules, a research project in the relevant field, plus optional modules for the remainder of the programme credits
||Humanitarian and Disaster Relief - Theory
||Humanitarian and Disaster Relief - Practical
On top of our residential modules, we have established some fantastic links with external agencies that our students can exploit whilst they are on the programme. These include:
• Fellowship Principles of Space & Aviation Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) - students enrolled undertaking year 2 or 3 of this programme are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity. Places are competitive and will require a month’s residency in Houston, Texas.
• We have a number of exchange places with the European Space Agency and their Physician Training Course in Cologne open to those enrolled on our MSc.
Teaching and research
In the College of Medicine and Health, our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.
Face-to-face learning on modules is typically structured around an intensive residential course supported by online distance learning. The residentials include locations in the UK as well as environment-specific modules in various locations around the world, and are dependent on the modules you choose. This means that you are not required to live in Exeter when undertaking this Masters.
The residentials are typically 2-4 days duration and designed to provide the challenge of learning in an unfamiliar environment and rely on the collaboration and support of the other participants. There is a strong focus on working collaboratively and learning from each other in small teams. Following the residentials, you will work towards a related assessment task.
All material is designed for Masters level and will involve distance learning with keynote lectures, case studies, seminars and group discussion in addition to the residential programme.
There is considerable scope within modules for you to direct your learning towards fields of particular interest, for example in your guided independent study and through your choice of dissertation project.
Taught modules will be assessed through literature reviews, essays, and written reports. An integral part of the programme is the residential postings to UK and international locations which additionally contextualise your learning.
Advice and support
Each student is allocated an academic tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. The Programme Lead is also available to help with further guidance and advice.