MSc in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

The online Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc is valuable to all healthcare professionals wishing to progress their career in providing clinical support on expeditions and in remote locations. Course Code: QMSP064

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive an Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc.

The one year MSc in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine is available to those who have successfully completed the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the Postgraduate Diploma, you can apply for the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma.

The Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).


Course Structure

Module Aims
  • To prepare students for the professional project by developing their skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using and applying methods used in healthcare research.
Module Content
  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Clinical Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review
Learning Outcomes
  1. Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in healthcare.
  2. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to health care delivery/service development.
Module Aims
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Content Summary

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific Expedition and Wilderness Medicine related project relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc will require successful completion of the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Entry requirements for the two-year course are as for the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for February 2021: £8,400
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for February 2021:
£8,400

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Application deadline - February 5th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £750
1st May 2021 £750 £7,750
1st July 2021 £750
1st Sept 2021 £750
1st Nov 2021 £750
1st Jan 2022 £750
1st Mar 2022 £650
1st May 2022 £650
1st July 2022 £650
1st Sept 2022 £650
1st Nov 2022 £650
1st Jan 2023 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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