Occupational Hygiene MSc
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The programme is intended to equip graduates with a wide range of inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Specifically, graduates will obtain an appreciation of the knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.
In the taught component of the course, the emphasis is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each module. Emphasis is placed on the development of the students' critical appraisal skills and a capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.
Where appropriate, the dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to the student. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Hygiene
- Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene
- MSc in Occupational Hygiene
The programme comprises:
- A blend of specially commissioned written materials in electronic format (PDF), together with interactive teaching material - all delivered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard
- In year 1 students are required to attend in Manchester for a 1-day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3 and the same for Module 2 in month 6
- Students are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational hygiene. Tutorials are delivered via combined tele- and web-conference
- In year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a 4-day practical course in month 6
- In year 3, students are required to attend a 3-day Research Methods course held at the University in month 1. Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Medicine
Note: All taught course units will be assessed via examination held at the university at intervals throughout the programme and the final year via submission of a dissertation.
The primary objective of the programme is to deliver academic training in most of the disciplines relevant to occupational hygiene. Students proceeding to the MSc will also receive practical training in planning, implementing and interpreting a piece of academic scientific research. In general, the course aims to:
- Provide an appreciation of the skills necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazardous substances in the workplace, encompassing hazards such as chemical, physical (e.g. noise, radiation), biological and ergonomic agents
- Introduce the wide variety of aspects covered within the occupational hygiene discipline such as legislation, toxicological basis for standard setting, methods commonly used to evaluate hazardous agents, and related and overlapping health professions
- Provide an academic qualification that is accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
- Give a good foundation on which to build and extend students' knowledge of occupational hygiene during the changes and developments which lie in the years ahead
For those students proceeding to the MSc, the third year aims to:
- Encourage critical evaluation of ideas and concepts in occupational hygiene and exploration of other philosophical and practical approaches to minimising ill-health in the workplace
- Develop powers of critical appraisal, analytical thinking and logical argument
Additional course information
All materials are accessed solely online, via the University¿s Virtual Learning environment, Blackboard. Students are therefore advised to check the Entry Requirements section for details of the minimum computer requirements.
Coursework and assessment
Assessment is by eight examination papers, one per course module. The first will be taken at seminar 1 (year 1, month 3) and the second at seminar 2 (year 1, month 6). The remaining year 1 assessments will be taken at the end of year 1. For year 2, assessments will be held at month 6 and at the end of the year.
The pass mark for all best fit examinations is 50% across all levels. The pass mark for all written examinations is 40% at Advanced Level and 50% at MSc level.
If students wish to proceed to the MSc they are also required to complete a third year, during which they will attend a mandatory a 4 day residential course (in month 1) and then prepare a dissertation.
Course unit details
The eight course modules are:
- Introduction to Hazards, Risks and the Working Environment
- Occupational Ill Health
- Health and Workability
- Hazardous Substances
- Understanding Physical Agents
- Control of Workplace Hazards
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
- Management of Workplace Hazards
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