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Aerospace Medicine MSc, PG Dip

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The Aerospace Medicine course aims to provide medical graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and clinical medicine of humans exposed to or working in the aviation environment.



Key Benefits
  • World-class learning course delivered at a location recognised by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board for higher professional training in aviation and space medicine.

  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and clinicians.

  • An advanced study course providing unique opportunities to undertake an aeromedical research project that is carried out in the laboratory or in approved aeromedical centres in the UK and elsewhere.

  • Additional preparation for the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, Faculty of Occupational Medicine (RCP) is available.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc One year, PG Dip 6 months

Study mode Full-time

Credit value MSc UK 180/ECTS 90; PG Dip UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake Approximately 15

Course leaders

Dr Pete Hodkinson

Dr Ross Pollock

Further details

Course contact for further information Programme Co-Lead Ross Pollock, (

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiology School of Basic & Medical Biosciences



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Course detail


The Aerospace Medicine course is a unique study pathway that provides physicians with comprehensive theoretical and practical instruction in advanced aviation physiology, psychology, pathology, clinical and operational aviation medicine.

This course includes time based at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine (CAM), as the Centre provides an appropriate location for valuable elements of the teaching, and visits to some of the service and civilian establishments used. The Centre also offers unique practical facilities which are available to students on the course.

MSc students will complete the course in one year, studying September to September while PG Dip students will complete the course in six months, studying September to March. If you are following the MSc pathway, you must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, of which 60 will come from a research project and written dissertation. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules with a total of 120 credits to complete the course


You will receive approximately 500 contact hours at King’s and the various external study locations, primarily the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine at Henlow – this includes lectures, seminars and practical sessions.

You may typically expect the contact time to be split as per below:

Practical sessions


Seminars/Lab sessions




Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work. If you are studying for the full MSc qualification, you will be expected to spend approximately 600 hours on the research project module and thesis.


Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include formative and summative written examinations, presentations and reports.  Coursework contributes approximately 40% and examinations approximately 60% to your final mark.

Regulating body

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students. 


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus, with some teaching at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine at Henlow as well as other locations, mainly in the UK but commonly with one overseas visit. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits

  • PG Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

 Aerospace Medicine MSc Pathway

  • Aerospace Physiology (40 credits)

  • Operational Aviation Medicine (40 credits)

  • Clinical & Commercial Aerospace Medicine (40 credits)

  • Research project in Aerospace Medicine (60 credits)

Aerospace Medicine PG Dip Pathway

  • Aerospace Physiology (40 credits)

  • Operational Aviation Medicine (40 credits)

  • Clinical & Commercial Aerospace Medicine (40 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

Medical degree (e.g. MBBS) or international equivalent, and a working knowledge of the aviation environment. Ideally candidates for the Diploma or MSc in Aerospace Medicine course should have held an appointment involving the practice of aviation medicine for not less than one year.

Applicants will also have to be subject to security clearance requirements in order to be enrolled on the course. Applicants who do not pass the clearance requirements, or who refuse to have their names submitted, will not be able to study this programme, for either the MSc or PGDip/DAvMed.

Interantional requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods. You will receive a notification when your application has been passed to the admissions tutor for assessment.

Successful applicants will also be require to complete a health questionnaire, which will be sent to all successful applicants once they have accepted their offer. Applicants must complete and submit the health questionnaire prior to being enrolled on the programme. You will also need to submit a medical certificate indicating that you are physically fit to participate in the practical work which may include decompression to altitude, exposure to sustained +Gz accelerations and sea and land survival conditions.

You should be aware that visits to military units are an integral part of the course and UK MOD security clearances will be sought by the College in respect of successful applicants and applications to this course implies consent to this process.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to take part in an interview either in person or, if you are overseas, via Skype. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis throughout the application cycle. The first round of interviews for this course are expected to take place in early spring 2019. If you apply before then, there may be a longer than usual period before you know the outcome of your application. We will consider all applications equally if candidates apply before the deadline.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes You should submit a personal statement of approximately one side of A4 in length outlining your interests in the programme, including a description of your academic background, your reasons for applying and what you hope to gain from the programme. This should also include details on relevant experience in general clinical medicine and the aviation environment, your strengths and ambitions or research interests. Please also indicate at the beginning of your personal statement whether you applying for the MSc, PGDip (alone) or PGDip/DAvMed preparation.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
 References Yes

Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.

Please ensure that your referees will be willing to be contacted as part of the Ministry of Defence security clearance process.

Other Yes You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: MSc - £27,360 & PG Dip - £18,240 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: MSc - £32,430 & PG Dip - £21,620 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.


Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses and to visits other than any overseas visit
  • examination and diploma fees for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Diploma in Aviation Medicine
  • books, if you choose to buy your own copies (a copy of Ernsting's Aviation and Space Medicine will be provided to all students)
  • clothing for optional course related events
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Career opportunities in aerospace medicine are varied. Many undertaking specialist training have already been employed specifically for the role and are sponsored to undertake these courses. However others use such training to better equip themselves for potential employment. Areas of possible careers include with airlines, aviation regulators, air traffic services, military aviation and space agencies as well as in academic or commercial research organisations. Some aviation medical examiners (AMEs) undertake the DAvMed. Appointment as an AME in the UK is now restricted to doctors on the GMC specialist register.

Previous graduates of the MSc course and DAvMed courses have been employed in all these areas and enjoyed a varied and challenging career.


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