Humans in Extreme Environments Short course


If you want to explore the physiological effects of extreme temperature on the human body – using some of the best facilities in the country, and learning from experts at the top of their game – then this is the course for you.

On this Humans in Extreme Environments short course, you'll cover issues such as the measurement and evaluation of environmental factors affecting sports and work performance. You'll also unpack thermal stress, immersion, hypobaric and hyperbaric challenge, and examine the effects of environmental challenges on physiological responses.

Course details


  • Mode of study: Blended direct contact and independent study
  • Duration: 62 scheduled sessions and independent learning over 2 weeks
  • Start and end dates: Week 1: 15 October - 19 October 2018, Week 2: 29 October 29 - 2 November 2018 (No Thursday sessions)
  • Credits: 30


  • £1100 UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • £2200 International Students
    (may be subject to annual increase)

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll cover:

  • determining and critically evaluating various environmental factors that maintain, enhance or impede sports, exercise and work performance
  • critical discussions on the effects of environmental extremes on physiological, psychological and technical responses during training competitive performance, and/or work
  • applying underpinning theory to provide practical and pragmatic support for athletes or workers in a range of environmental conditions
  • demonstrating practical competence in the administration of a variety of methods used in the study of environmental factors
  • a series of lectures and taught laboratories exploring altitude, thermal (hot and cold) and diving physiology
  • conducting a formal environmental physiology experiment in the Extreme Environments Laboratory

How you're assessed

The course will be assessed by a 5000 word laboratory portfolio with a focus on analysis and discussion of data collected in the practical sessions.

What's included

Everything you'll need to attend and complete this course is provided.


The course is research led and includes practical sessions to support the theory taught in lectures. You'll engage in running the laboratories and experiments, and be a participant in both (with consent, and cleared by a health screening).

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