King's College London

Course Introduction

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.

You will complete the MSc course in one year, studying September to September. 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 programme and can be conducted in just over six months.


You will receive approximately 510 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.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time

Qualifications required:

  • Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry 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.
  • Application procedure
  • Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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.