MSc Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (Online Delivery)

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).

This course is subject to validation.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

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

Module 2 - Professional Project

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.

Teaching

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.

 

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.
In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required


• A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
• A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
• The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
• A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
• A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

 

International Entry Requirements

Proficiency in the English Language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.