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The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care


When can I start?

There are two intakes per year, in March and September. You can find further details about upcoming intakes here

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How much does it cost?

The payment plan options for all new students joining the programme will be to either pay the programme fees in full (this option protects from further inflationary increases) or to pay per module (module fees are subject to inflationary increases each year). CPD students pay on a per module basis.

The fees for the current academic year can be found here

New students must select their payment plan at the outset and may not subsequently switch between plans.

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What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements can be found here

If you are considering studying at CPD level there is some additional information about eligibility here

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How long will it take?

The programme is designed to be completed in the time frames indicated below; studied part time, with exit points as follows:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Remote and Offshore Medicine - minimum of 18 months, maximum of 3 years
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine - minimum of 3 years, maximum of 5 years

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How is the programme taught?

The programme is delivered entirely online, over the internet. It is designed in such a way that, with access to a computer and an internet connection, you will be able to study at the time and place that suits you best. 

The course is delivered using the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's virtual learning environment (VLE). Students will join a community of learners and use a range of flexible learning methods including participation in discussion forums, online seminars and wikis. You will also have access to resources in a range of formats. You will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with and learn from a wide range of people from different countries.

As many of our students are based in remote areas that may have intermittent internet access, we aim to provide as much material as possible in .pdf format to allow students to download content and work offline during these periods.

While no sophisticated technical computing skills are required a good working knowledge of office applications, email and the internet will enable you to make the most of the online environment and the programme content.

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What time commitment do I need to make?

Each module is approximately 100 hours of student learning over a period of 3 months, so approximately 10 hours per week.

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How do I know if this programme is for me?

The programme will provide you with professional knowledge and skills and the ability to apply these with an evidence based and critical approach to your own work environment.

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How will I be supported?

There are a number of ways you will be supported during your studies these include:

  • Allocated tutors on-line (via email and online discussion boards)
  • Individual feedback and moderation of discussion boards
  • Advice from the Programme Leads, a Personal Tutor and Programme Administrator
  • An introductory online induction to familiarise students with using the online learning environment and the requirements for the Programme
  • A face-to-face residential course (for Diploma students)
  • Peer support from other participants as part of the course activities and facilitated discussion
  • Administrative support from the programme administrator support via the VLE, email and phone
  • Programme Handbook
  • A variety of learning resources accessed via the RCSEd Virtual Learning Environment, including:
    • Learning resources in text, digital, video and audio formats - these will be updated as new technologies are developed and accommodated
    • Online reflective activities
    • Individual support via VLE including discussion boards for academic and peer support
    • Access to on-line resources

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Is the programme accredited?


The RCSEd DipROM Programme is accredited by the ACRRM (Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine) for the 2017 - 2019 triennium. The Programme has been awarded 30 Core Points on the ACRRM PDP points framework. Full details available at:


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How do assessments work?

Assessments are mapped to the learning outcomes for each module so vary somewhat depending on the module, however in general you are assessed on your participation (in the discussion forums and other activities), and on your final written assignment that you submit at the end of each module. There is no formal examination but you will receive a final mark for each module which is approved by the Board of Examiners. 

The summative work may incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Essay style analysis or commentary
  • Scenario analysis
  • Critical/Significant incident analysis
  • Reflective practice accounts
  • Individual presentations
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Other relevant assessments

If you take the Diploma level of study you will also be required to attend a residential here in Edinburgh towards the end of your studies. During the residential you will present your Viva and a short research presentation (based on your work from module C10 - Evidence & Research in Remote Medicine). There is further information about the Residential here

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Can I study full-time?

It is possible to study full time and reduce the timescales for completion by studying two modules concurrently, if you have the time available to do this.

The minimum timescales for completion noted in the programme overview are based on studying part-time, taking each module in sequence.

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Can I change study level once i've started?

In most cases it is possible to change study level once you have started the programme, however certain conditions may apply. We recommend contacting us in the first instance for advice on your particular situation.

There is more information about converting CPD modules to the Certificate/Diploma here

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Is there a residential component?

There is a compulsory residential component at the end of the taught Diploma programme which is held in Edinburgh at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Find out more here.

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Can I transfer credit from other courses I have studied (Accreditation of Prior Learning)?

Students who have completed or partly completed academic programmes offered by other institutions may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning by applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This is limited to a maximum of three modules towards the Diploma or two modules towards the Certificate. This will be considered on a case by case basis but as a minimum the course or programme in question must be:

  • assessed at equivalent to SCQF level 11,
  • delivered by a reputable institution,
  • studied within the last five years.

Students will need to complete the remainder of the programme to attain twelve or six modules for the Diploma or Certificate respectively. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis unless an agreement between the institutions already exists.

Where no agreement exists, the programme directors will compare the programme learning outcomes and information with the study to be credited and a judgement is made as to whether it is a reasonable fit. Students will be expected to provide appropriate evidence of their prior learning, such as details of the learning outcomes and an official transcript of their marks, as part of their application.

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I have completed the AREMT Remote Medical Practitioner course - am I eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning?

Students who have completed all or part of Phase I of the Australian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' (AREMT) Remote Medical Practitioner course may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning. Please see Can I transfer credit from other courses I have studied? for more information.

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What will I learn on this programme?

You will find more detail about what the programme covers here.

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What are the programme's formal learning outcomes?

The main aim of the programme is to provide health professionals working in remote and in some instances potentially hazardous locations the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in a remote environment using an evidence based approach.

To this end, students taking this programme will expect to:

  • Acquire and apply theoretical knowledge underpinning effective evidence based clinical care in remote environments.
  • Analysis requirements for and apply methods of communication and tele-health to remote healthcare
  • Explain and incorporate into clinical care the effects of specific physical environments to the health and well-being of remote workers.

You will find more information about the programme learning outcomes here.

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What qualification will I get?

A Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate (modelled on being at Postgraduate Level, Scottish Qualification Framework level 11) in Remote and Offshore Medicine. You can also complete modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and will be awarded a certificate of completion.

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How do I apply?

All applications are made online via our applications site here

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When do I need to apply?

Current application deadlines can be found on our applications page here

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Is online learning for me?

Online learning can be a very effective method of studying particularly if you are also working and have other time commitments, as it allows you some flexibility for studying where and when it suits you. You need to be self motivated and participating in online discussion forums can help you to feel part of a learning community.

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What equipment will I need?

While studying on a module you will need convenient access to a computer with internet access. A reasonable connection speed will make the process of studying easier.

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What computer skills should I have?

You should have competent email, internet and office applications skills.

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Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.