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Occupational Hygiene MSc

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Degree awarded
MSc, 3 yr PT/PGDip, 2 yr PT/PGCert, 1 yr PT
Entry requirements
Potential students should hold an honours degree (2:2 or above) preferably in a science discipline. Extensive professional experience, coupled with evidence of further training or qualifications, will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

For further information please read Advice to Applicants .

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

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 5 and for one exam day in month 10
  • 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 5 and for one exam day in month 10
  • 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 examinations held at the university at intervals throughout the programme and the final year will be assessed via submission of a dissertation.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570 per annum
    International students: £7,350 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570
    International students: £7,350
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570 per annum
    International students: £7,350 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Please note: The fees do not cover any costs for travel, accommodation, professional exams, etc.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.


The Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health does not offer any sponsorship. However, a number of our students are sponsored by their employers or the governments of their home countries.

Please see the University of Manchester site, for information on other Funding opportunities.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Irene Kapetanaki
+44 (0)161 275 1648
Academic department overview

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