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Join us on the world’s first postgraduate course in Extreme Medicine and embark on a degree that could change your life.

It’s fully flexible – take one full-time year or enrol in a part time programme of 2 to 3 years – plus you’ll get the opportunity to build a broad or specialised programme of study. Stay the distance and emerge with a full Masters (MSc) or exit with 60 credits for a Post Graduate Certificate or 120 credits with a Diploma.

  • Tailored to your career
  • Built upon our globally renowned training programmes
  • Fits around shift work
  • Mix of immersive residential modules & distance learning
  • Complete assignments from anywhere in the world
  • *Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) possible

Broaden your horizons and equip yourself for limitless adventures with an arsenal of new skills that extend beyond clinical competence. We’ll empower you with robust training in leadership, communications, teamwork, resilience, humanitarian relief, planning and logistics.

You’ll emerge ready to set your sights on new challenges – and take on the world.

Programme Overview

Degree type:
– MSc | PgCert | PgDip

Study options:
– MSc: 1 year full time, 2 years part time, 3 years part time
– PgCert: Over 1 year
– PgDip: Over 2 years

Application deadline:
– September 2024

Video: Discover MSc Extreme Medicine


Open to all medical professionals including:

  • Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses
  • Medical Scientists
  • Allied Healthcare workers
  • Military Medics
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Intercalated Medical Students in Years 4&5

You must also meet the University of Exeter Entry Requirements.


This course offers more variety than any other – choose from an ever-expanding range of modules and locations:

  • Alpine Medicine (Chamonix)
  • Alpine Medicine (Slovenia)
  • Desert Medicine (Oman)
  • Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (UK)
  • Human Factors (UK)
  • Jungle Medicine (Costa Rica)
  • Mountain Medicine (Nepal)
  • Ocean Medicine (UK)
  • Polar Medicine (Norway)
  • Search & Rescue  UK)
  • Dive Medicine (Oman)


This leads to a wealth of new potential career options:

  • Disaster response
  • Humanitarian medicine
  • Expedition and wilderness medicine
  • Expedition ship medic
  • Medical cover for security operations
  • Film location support
  • Remote research or logistics

Plus, you will bring these learnings back to elevate your practice, whether in remote expeditions or everyday hospital settings.


Make quick progress by carrying over credits from previous World Extreme Medicine courses. Any courses attended within the previous four years will count as “credits earned”.

What does this mean for me?

  • Have the cost of your previous World Extreme Medicine courses refunded as a bursary against your course
  • Then take the assessment part of these modules only – no need to repeat the training
  • And fly through on the fast track to completing your Postgraduate qualification in Extreme Medicine

Take the first step on a Postgrad experience which could transform your future. 

Where can it take you?

“In my frustration with my day-to-day work, I dreamed of a job that would really fulfil me and challenge me in new ways. I was looking for new adventures…

One morning I found myself on the homepage of World Extreme Medicine.”

Read Noemi’s story, a gynaecologist who had a passion for adventure.

Find out more

Now open for September 2024 intake

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