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Occupational Medicine MSc

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Degree awarded
MSc/Advanced Diploma/PGCert/CPD Diploma
MSc 3yr PT/AdvDip 2yr PT/PGCert 1yr PT/CPD 6 mths
Entry requirements

Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

For further information please read Advice to Applicants.

Please note: If you have an enquiry specifically regarding the CPD Diploma course, please contact Mary Aldred on +44 (0) 161 275 5451 or email:

Course options

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

Course description

The programme is designed for all doctors working in occupational medicine, particularly those in specialist training posts who intend to prepare for their professional examinations with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

It also gives those who wish to pursue an additional academic qualification the chance to obtain an MSc in Occupational Medicine, awarded by the university. The programme adheres closely to the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland); however it also aims to furnish an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

The third year of the MSc aims to impart a sound understanding of the theory, practice and methods required to carry out a valid piece of scientific research. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:

  • CPD Diploma (PG Credit)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine
  • MSc in Occupational Medicine

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 for September starters and in month 6 for April starters 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 medicine. Tutorials are delivered via teleconference
  • 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.
  • Students undertaking the CPD Diploma will follow the first 6 months of year 1; that is Modules 1-2 and the portfolio aspect of Module 3.  

Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Hygiene.

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
  • Advanced Diploma (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570 per annum
    International students: £7,350 per annum
  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £1,785
    International students: £1,785

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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