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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 


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 15-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 15-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.

The core Course staff are:

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

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 15 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 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


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