Remote Medicine BSc

The BSc in Remote Medicine introduces you to new concepts and areas of medicine that you’ve probably never been exposed to in your medical school career thus far.

The intercalated BSc programmes at Imperial aim to develop the next generation of clinicians and academics with the ability to interpret the scientific literature, informing your practice in any environment, rural or remote location.

The 1-year course comprises a core teaching module, an independent learning and group assessment module, and a 14-week research project.

The course is delivered as a distinctive programme that enhances your understanding through immersion in these environments. During field trips and practical sessions, you will explore your own responses and behaviours as well as seeing how patients are treated in these environments. Clinical scenarios allow you to put in to practice your new knowledge and existing skills in novel scenarios.

The course also supports an Extreme Environments Lab, with the ability to expose students and participants to cold and hypoxia in a controlled setting.

Aims and Objectives

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

Module 1 – The Taught Module

Module 1 is a 12-week teaching block. It takes you through the key areas of:

  • The responses of the human body to extreme environments
  • The unique challenges of these environments to healthcare delivery
  • New and emerging technologies in remote medicine
  • This is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, journal clubs, group work, field trips, and self-guided learning.

Module 2 – Self-Directed Learning

Module 2 is a 5-week block. In Module 2, you will apply knowledge you gain to clinical scenarios, exploring the evidence behind new clinical presentations and concepts introduced in module 1. You will also complete a group writing task, reviewing the evidence in an area from the course.

Module 3 – Research Project

Module 3 uses the skills learnt in Modules 1 and 2 to carry out a novel 14-week project on a theme from the course, offering an opportunity to make a genuine impact on your field of choice.


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 2023/24.
  • Have at least one year of your degree left when you return to your home institution after completing your intercalated BSc.

Application Process

Admissions for 2024-25 entry are now open. The application deadline will be 16:00 on Friday 1 March 2024.

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 on our website.

The BSc Remote Medicine will run from Monday 23 September 2024 until Friday 16 May 2025.

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

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.

Closing Date

16:00 on Friday 1 March 2024.