Programme 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.

Module Credits
Introduction, Infectious Disease and Global Health
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

This 5-day introductory module will be based at the RCPSG. This module will lay the course foundations through workshops, case-based discussions and lectures. The Global health part of the course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops during the course in Glasgow and further online learning.

Research Methods

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to critically evaluate evidence to inform expedition medicine practice. Participants will develop their understanding of current issues and debates in epistemology and theoretical perspectives in research. The research approaches of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods will be explored. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to devise an answerable research proposal relevant to the field of expedition medicine, taking into consideration ethical issues. Post-positivist, constructivist, transformative and pragmatic philosophical worldviews will be explored.


The navigation module will equip students with the necessary skills to be able to navigate in a wide range of environments. This module will be enhanced through student centred experience and the compilation of a log-book.

Tropical and Maritime
Dartington Hall

The second residential course will be run over five days at Dartington Hall in the Southwest of England. Students will learn from experts in tropical medicine and maritime medicine and will gain practical experience in forest and aquatic environments.

Expedition Emporiatrics

Module 5 will introduce the students to the practice of travel medicine relating to the expedition environment. They will develop skills in applying travel medicine knowledge to prepare expedition teams for healthy overseas trips. This module will be delivered online and will examine relevant travel medicine topics.

Cold and Mountainous Environments
Glenmore Lodge

The third residential module will take place at Glenmore Lodge national outdoor training centre. Here candidates will learn theory and practical skills associated with working in cold and mountainous terrain. The course will be supervised and run by qualified mountain leaders in combination with professional mountaineering instructors based at Glenmore Lodge.

Thermal Injuries

The seventh module will be a combination of on-line study and theoretical examination through assignment. Students will demonstrate their understanding of medical conditions relating to cold and hot environments. Through understanding of these core subjects, they will adapt their knowledge and experience to formulate prevention and treatment strategies.

High Altitude and Desert

The final module will take place in the mountains and desert of Morocco. Taught over seven days, candidates will learn through first-hand experience how to provide expedition medicine both at altitude and in the heat of the North African desert. The module will be a fitting conclusion to the students' learning experience when the learning from the previous seven modules will be assimilated.

Total Credits: 120

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