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
Recently introduced, the Remote Medicine BSc explores the challenges to providing medical care in remote environments through evaluation of a variety of research literature.
The 1-year course comprises a core teaching module, an independent learning and group assessment module, and a 14-week research project.
The core teaching module focuses on:
- The physiological changes of the human body in extreme environments
- The provision of healthcare to isolated communities
- The challenges of healthcare provision in the conflict and catastrophe
- The unique challenges in supporting human space exploration
The course also introduces you to evidence-based management of clinical emergencies in remote environments, through a mixture of practical skills workshops and clinical simulation. In addition, students explore the determinants of successful teamwork and the importance of ‘human factors’ in medicine, as well as receiving significant mentoring from the course faculty to develop a variety of non-technical skills.
Core material is supplemented by an ‘Inspirational Lecture Series’, allowing students to engage with specialist clinicians working in remote environments across the world and gain insight into the remarkable opportunities available in their future careers.
The final 14-week project relates to one of the many areas covered within the course. The focus is providing the best educational experience for our students. There may be an opportunity for some of the project to be undertaken abroad, in a remote environment. Students who wish to partake in activities abroad will be required to contribute additional costs of £600 (in excess of course tuition fees) as well as consenting for personal information to be shared (i.e. an Occupational Health assessment, for ensuring student safety). UK-based projects are also be available, without any need for a supplementary student contribution, for those students unable or preferring to undertake a project in the UK.
Meet the Remote Medicine Team
- Course Director: Dr Andrew Cowburn
- Module 1 Lead: Professor Claire Shovlin
- Module 1 Assessment Lead: Dr Tamlyn Peel
- Module 2 Literature Review Lead: Dr Pankaj Bhavsar
- Module 2 Science in Context Lead: Dr Louit Thakuria
- Module 3: Dr Tamlyn Peel
Aims and Objectives
The primary aim of the course is to equip students with the academic skills required to reach their potential in clinical practice. This is achieved through the exploration of a wide variety of research and academic literature.
The course aims to:
- Optimise teaching methods and strategies to deliver the best educational experience possible
- Supplement academic teaching with relevant clinical and non-technical skills training
- Support students to flourish through a dedicated mentoring and personal development system
- Showcase the breadth of career paths in medicine and inspire students to pursue their interests and passions
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Critically appraise a wide variety of academic literature and understand the importance of applying research skills in clinical medicine
- Explain the physiological changes that occur in a variety of extreme environments
- Discuss the challenges and considerations of providing healthcare in a variety of remote environments
- Understand the importance of non-technical skills in successful teams and clinical medicine more broadly
- Confidently present scientific information to different audiences, through various communication methods
This is a one-year intercalated BSc. To be eligible to apply you must:
- Be registered on a recognised Medical, Dental or Veterinary course at a UK or Irish university.
- Have completed at least one year of that course before you apply to Imperial. i.e. you must be at least in Year 2 in 2022/23.
- Have at least one year of your degree left when you return to your home institution after completing your intercalated BSc.
The application deadline for 2022-23 entry has now passed. The application process for 2023-24 entry will open in October, with a deadline of Friday 3rd March 2023.
Selection is based on your application form and the supporting documents you will upload with your application. Please find further information about the application process in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide - 2022-23 Entry (PDF).
If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Round of Applications
Unsuccessful or wait-listed applicants will be given the opportunity to make a second application to any BSc course with space remaining.
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
Nepalese schoolchildren learning about oral hygiene
Nepalese schoolchildren learning first aid
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the tuition fees for the course?
Tuition fee rates are the same as the Imperial College London MBBS Course. Further information can be found here.
Can I speak to a current student?
Yes! Please contact the BSc Remote Medicine Course Co-ordinator, Jen Haley (email@example.com), who will be happy to put you in touch with a current student.
How many places are available on the course?
We set 10 course spaces aside for intercalating students from other universities.
What is the ratio of internal Imperial students to intercalating students from other universities?
Our course capacity is 26. 16 spaces will be filled by internal Imperial students and 10 spaces are filled by external intercalating students.
How competitive is the application process?
We usually receive 40 - 50 applications for 10 course spaces.
When will I receive the outcome of my application?
We consider all applications after the deadline (16:00 on Friday 3rd March 2023) and we aim to respond to applicants by the end of March.