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Aerospace Medicine MSc, PG Dip

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The Aerospace Medicine programme aims to provide specialist training for medical graduates in the discipline from its research orientated basic science to its operational and clinical application.  The course is therefore appropriate for Flight Medical Officers (Flight Surgeons), specialists in aviation and space medicine and for clinicians from other disciplines with a role to fulfil in aerospace medicine.  It is not the aim of the course to train individuals in clinical medicine but rather to use the knowledge and experience students already have from their medical practice to allow them to understand its specialist application in aviation and space medicine. 

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 from a combination of academic, commercial and military organisations.

  • An advanced course with a considerable experiential/practical component complementing the theoretical aspects of the course.

  • The only course recognised by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine as preparation for the Diploma in Aviation Medicine exams with contributions by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine examiners.

  • For those undertaking the MSc the course provides a unique opportunity to undertake an aerospace medicine/physiology research project that is carried out in the laboratory or in approved aeromedical centres in the UK and elsewhere.

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, (ross.pollock@kcl.ac.uk)

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. The main aims of the course are:

  • a detailed working knowledge of the scientific basis of aerospace medicine

  • the ability to understand and describe the medical and physiological effects of flight in health

  • develop the capacity to understand the interaction of the aerospace environments with the clinical status of the occupants of airborne craft as well as comprehend the hazards to flight safety that may arise from medical factors in air traffic controllers
  • develop the skills to investigate an aeromedical issue such as would allow them to make appropriate written or oral arguments regarding the aeromedical disposal of individuals in health and disease.

  • an ability to communicate their ideas effectively and confidently

  • (for MSc only) have developed the skills associated with conducting a supervised project in aerospace medicine including its written and oral presentation.

The first semester of the course is taught at King’s College London and the second semester taught at the the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine (CAM). Having the course partly based at CAM allows for valuable elements of the teaching to be enhanced through practical experiences not available at the University and also allows visits to a number of the military and civilian aerospace medicine related establishments. The Centre also offers unique practical facilities which are available to students on the course.

PGDip and MSc students will complete the first taught 6 months of the course as a single group at which point the MSc cohort will then go on and complete a research project If you are following the MSc pathway, you will take modules totaling 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 during the course primarily at King’s and the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine while there will also be various trips to external study locations. The course will be comprised of lectures, seminars and experiential/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 typically include formative and summative written examinations, presentations and reports. Coursework contributes to 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 taught at King’s College London Guy’s Campus and 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 the module content and may vary.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.


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 apply.kcl.ac.uk 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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

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

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: MSc - £28,740 & PG Dip - £19,160 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: MSc - £34,050 & PG Dip - £22,700 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

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. For those having their fees paid by their employer a signed letter from them must be provided so that the deposit can be waived.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, 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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