Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Humans in Extreme Environments

  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Mode of delivery: Blended (campus and independent learning)
  • Hours: 62 scheduled + independent learning
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Credits: 30
  • Cost: £1100* UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students / £2200* International Students. *Subject to annual increase.
  • Entry requirements: A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Alternatively, students may have a relevant professional qualification or appropriate professional experience, deemed equivalent to the above by the University of Portsmouth. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.


This course benefits from the first class facilities and specialist academic expertise in Environmental Physiology at the University of Portsmouth. The course syllabus will cover issues in the measurement and evaluation of environmental factors affecting sports and work performance including thermal stress, immersion, hypobaric and hyperbaric challenge. You will also examine the effects of a range of environmental challenges on physiological responses during exercise and cover the application of theory into practical measures to support workers and athletes in adverse environmental conditions. The course will be research led and will include a number of practical sessions to support the theory taught in lectures and for students to engage in running the laboratories and experiments, and be a participant in both (with consent, and where not contraindicated by health screening).


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.

Interested candidates should contact in the first instance.