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Criteria for Admission

The general requirement is a good first degree i.e. a first or second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher educational institution. For some taught programmes applications may be permitted if candidates can demonstrate an appropriate academic background and experience in a relevant field (satisfactory equivalence is unlikely in this instance for medical subjects). These candidates will be expected to undertake a short course of self-directed study, prior to the commencement of the programme, in order to gain the skills required from Masters level learning. Academic references will also be required.

Equality and Diversity

In common with other organisations, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow endorses the following points:

  1. All people are treated with dignity and respect
  2. People with different needs and circumstances should be supported to achieve their potential.
  3. Diversity is valued as different people bring new and different perspectives, knowledge and culture. This difference brings increasing strength.
  4. Discrimination or exclusion based on individual characteristics and circumstances is unacceptable and represents a waste of talent and denial of opportunity.
  5. Individuals’ rights, including the right to hold different views and beliefs, are respected.
  6. All staff, students and providers work towards the points above.

Fitness to Practice

All applicants for the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine are required to demonstrate good health and character in the interests of health and safety of students and the public. The programme will require a good level of fitness to cope with the rigours of living and working in challenging environments. Students will need to make a statement to establish that they understand a good level of fitness is a requirement on their initial course application form.

Students should not have impediments, legal or otherwise, which would necessitate their exclusion from the programme.


The Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine is suitable for international students who are qualified healthcare practitioners with suitable academic backgrounds. Applications from international students must evidence and meet the specified entry criteria which would include evidence of current registration with the statutory professional body from their country of origin.

An applicant whose first language is not English or who has not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English, will be expected, before commencing the programme, to demonstrate an appropriate level of competency in the English language.

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