Course Structure

The post-graduate International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine will comply with university requirements for a post-graduate diploma and will comprise 120 credits offered on a part-time basis over 1 - 3 years, in accordance with the QAA and SCQF Frameworks.

The credit structure for the programme will accord with accumulating 120 Master's level credits by undertaking eight taught modules which will include study of research methods. Each module will represent 15 academic credits and will include on-line learning in addition to relevant directed reading.


  • Introduction, Infectious Diseases and Global Health
    Join us in our central Glasgow venue in November for the opening week of the Diploma – a chance to meet the Course Directors and your fellow students, who you’ll be working closely with over the following modules. The residential week will feature a mix of lectures, case-base discussions and workshops, and will prepare you for your Global Health assignment, which you can work on via our online learning platform over the following weeks.
    Research Methods
    The second module of the course is a 3000 word research proposal, completed over 4 months, via distance learning. With Course Directors and Tutors on hand to advise and assist, the module provides you the opportunity to inform expedition current practice. Along with your fellow students, you will develop your understanding of current issues and debates in epistemology and theoretical perspectives in research.
    Navigation
    Focussing on the development of your navigation skills, the third module in this Diploma will be distance learning-based, and come in two parts; a worksheet, featuring short questions on navigation and geolocation, and a logbook. The logbook will be a 6 month project, aimed at developing you skills in accurate recording of relevant information when on expedition, along with medical factors that must be considered.
    Cold and Mountainous
    Your second residential week will be held in April, at Glenmore Lodge, in Aviemore, Scotland. Based in the Cairngorm Mountains, the venue provides an ideal location to build on your knowledge in hypothermia, mountain rescue, rope skills, meteorology and climbing skills, whilst working through various scenarios and workshops. The final assignment for part 1 will be 3 x 1000 word assignments aimed at developing your knowledge in working in cold and mountainous terrain.
  • Emporiatrics
    The opening module of part 2 of the Diploma focuses on Emporiatrics; dealing with the prevention and management of health problems in international travellers. Delivered online, this module consists of 3 x 1000 word essays aimed at developing your skills in applying travel medicine knowledge to prepare expedition teams for healthy overseas trips
    Tropical and Maritime
    The third residential week of the Diploma will be based at Dartington Hall in Devon, England in July. Featuring a night at camp, and a session at the Diving Diseases Research Centre, you will learn from experts in tropical and maritime medicine, and gain practical experience in forest and aquatic environments. Following the residential week, 2 x 1500 word assignments will be available online, one a presentation briefing, and one focussing on medical kits.
    Thermal Injuries
    The thermal injuries module will be completed via distance learning, with a 1500 word assignment on cold injury, and a 1500 word assignment on heat injury. This will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of medical conditions relating to cold and hot environments. Through understanding of these core subjects, you will be able to adapt your knowledge and experience to formulate prevention and treatment strategies.
    Altitude and Desert
    The final residential component of the Diploma will be located in Aroumd and surrounding areas, Morocco, in September. Held over 8 days, you will gain first-hand experience in how to provide expedition medicine at altitude and in the heat of the North African desert. The final assignment will be a 3000 word essay on altitude, allowing you to consolidate the knowledge you have gained whilst on location.

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