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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The BScMedScHons (Hyperbaric Medicine) degree programme​

Module 3: Advanced Hyperbaric Medicine

Brief description:

  • Third of four modules in the hyperbaric medicine degree programme
  • Theoretical training provided via the internet  - web-based guidance through the text book and other downloadable documents.
  • No scheduled contact time, although some lectures during module 2 would actually pertain to module 3
  • No practical training

Training outcomes:

The exit outcome for this module is advanced knowledge of the physics, physiology and medicine related to hyperbaric medicine. 

Theoretical training:

Texbook 1: "The ECHM Collection - Volume 1" - Edited by Alessandro Marroni, Daniel Mathieu and Francis Wattel.

ISBN: 1-930536-25-9

This book is available for purchase from Best Publishing.

The textbook is addressed in detail and training is from an academic perspective.  Additional material is available for download for this module.




Textbook 2: "The ECHM Collection - Volume 2" - Edited by Alessandro Marroni, Daniel Mathieu and Francis Wattel.

ISBN: 1-930536-28-3

This book is also available for purchase from Best Publishing.

The textbooks are addressed in detail and training is from an academic perspective.  Additional material is available for download for this module.  Students that are enrolling for this module only, will also have to obtain the other textbooks of module 1 and 2.  These textbooks will be referred to again during this module.

The students are guided through the textbooks by means of prescribed readings of certain chapters in books and additional downloads where certain themes are not covered adequately in textbooks.  This can be done at any time and place the student prefers, as well as at a pace that is comfortable.  You can test your knowledge by completing online self-tests (with specific guidance in the case of incorrect answers) and after a theme is mastered, you can write the summative assessment for that specific theme (each summative assessment ranges between 5 minutes and 20 minutes).

Practical training:

This module does not have any practical training elements.

Entry requirements:

Each prospective candidate must:

  • have the MBChB degree or any other equivalent degree that enables him or her to register as a medical practitioner.
  • be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, or an equivalent international professional body that registers medical practitioners (e.g. GMC in the UK)
  • have completed his/ her internship year(s).
  • have successfully completed the Basic Hyperbaric Medicine and Operational Hyperbaric Medicine modules, or equivalent training courses that provide recognition of prior learning.
  • have access to the internet or the ability to gain access
  • be able to browse the internet training site

The following are NOT requirements:

  • Being a diver (recreational or commercial)
  • Being medically fit for hyperbaric exposures.


Observers on this module will only be allowed subject to a referral letter, CV presentation (including publications) and an interview.


The examination of this module is done in various stages.  The first stage is done via Webstudies (summative assessments).  The last part of the examination of this module is done at the end of the year examination.  This is a theoretical examination testing the in-depth knowledge of the contents of this module.


Students who successfully complete the module, will receive:

Certificate of competency from Stellenbosch University

CPD/ CME Certificates from Stellenbosch University

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

RPL is provided to any candidate who had previously done a course or training programme in diving medicine.  The Stellenbosch University has specific policies and procedures relating to RPL of a student.  Contact the programme coordinator for more information. 

Persons who have successfully completed a previous hyperbaric medicine course usually ask for RPL for such training to gain entry into this module.

Contact details:

For more information, please contact Dr Jack Meintjes, the programme coordinator:

Att: Dr WAJ (Jack) Meintjes
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Community Health
PO Box 241
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 938-9272