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Learn about human physiological responses to extreme environments and its relevance to the planning and provision of evidence-based healthcare in remote environments with Remote Medicine BSc 


Course Coordinator and Teaching Fellow

Dr Tamlyn Peel

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New for 2019/20, the BSc in Remote Medicine will explore the challenges to providing medical care in remote environments through case-based discussions and evaluation of a variety of research literature. This will include; the physiological responses of the human body in extreme environments, the difficulties in providing healthcare to isolated communities, the unique considerations when providing medical care in the context of conflict and catastrophe and future exploration, including human space exploration.

The course will also introduce you to evidence-based management of clinical emergencies in remote environments, as well as help develop non-technical skills relevant to clinical practice. The curriculum will feature inspirational teaching sessions from specialist clinicians practicing in a variety of remote environments.

This course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 12-week research project. The Course Director is Dr Andrew Darby Smith ( Course Coordinator and Teaching Fellow is Dr Tamlyn Peel (

Aims and Objectives

The course aims to:

  • Foster teamwork within the course students to meet shared learning and research aims
  • Prepare students to work in unfamiliar and/or remote environments
  • Discuss the science of physiology in extreme environments and its application to treatment of disease
  • Develop the ability to critically assess scientific evidence behind clinical practice
  • Practice oral and written presentation skills

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply evidence-based clinical and research skills in unfamiliar environments, such as on expeditions
  • Explain the physiological and pathophysiological changes occurring in environments of extremes in pressure and temperature
  • Evaluate the differences in healthcare requirements and resources between UK resourced system and remote environments
  • Describe the breadth of career paths available in clinical research and medicine that can align with personal interests and passions

Further Information and Application Guidance

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 12 week research project within their specialism.

More information about applying for/undertaking an intercalated BSc course at Imperial College London and also the structure of our courses can be found in the downloadable Imperial College Intercalated BSc Guide (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at


Imperial students have previously travelled to Nepal to visit remote villages and health posts during Clinical Research and Innovation (CRI) experience in MBBS Year 2

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