MSc Occupational Hygiene

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Duration
MSc 3 yr PT/PGDip 2 yr PT/PGCert 1 yr PT
Entry requirements

We require a good honours degree (Lower Second or above), preferably in a science discipline. In lieu of the usual entry requirements, extensive professional experience, coupled with evidence of further training or qualifications, will be considered.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc N N N Y
PGDip N N N Y
PGCert N N N Y

Course overview

  • Learn how to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.
  • Develop critical appraisal skills and the capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.
  • Satisfy the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene membership and BOHS accreditation requirements.
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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,200 per annum in year 1 and 2; £2,600 year 3
    International students (per annum): £9,800 per annum in year 1 and 2; Year 3 £4,900
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,200 per annum
    International students (per annum): £9,800 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,200
    International students (per annum): £9,800

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition and administration 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.

A number of our students are sponsored by their employers or the governments of their home countries.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L). The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to an MSc.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni Bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1798
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a good honours degree (Lower Second or above), preferably in a science discipline. In lieu of the usual entry requirements, extensive professional experience, coupled with evidence of further training or qualifications, will be considered.

English language

Students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here .

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 (6.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (22 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

Overseas students should note that:

  • Year 1 students are required to attend be in Manchester for three days including a one day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3, and the same for Module 2 in month 5.
  • Students will be required to participate in two tutorials per course module for Modules 4 to 8, via web conference.
  • In Year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a four day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10.
  • In Year 3, students are required to attend a three day dissertation course held at the University in month 1.
  • All examinations will be held at The University of Manchester Worldwide Assessment Centres in various global locations.
A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before you may be accepted to the course.

Relevant work experience

Open to graduates with relevant first degrees and those with appropriate work experience including doctors, nurses, industrial/occupational hygienists, health, safety and environmental health practitioners.

Other entry requirements

Further information on computer requirements (PDF, 43KB) for this course can be downloaded.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

  Your application form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents.
  • Two references on letter headed paper, signed and dated within six months of your application. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English).
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • A personal statement explaining why you want to do the course.
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or if this is not possible, be sent directly to  pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, using all information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants, but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Please see the other international entry requirements section to ensure you fully understand your requirements to visit the UK as part of this course. A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before you may be accepted to the course.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for the year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the university as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MSc Occupational Hygiene - Helen Pearson

"Manchester has a good reputation for this MSc and many of my peers have attended the course. It has a good structure and staff have been very supportive throughout.

"It is a great course for those who haven't done occupational hygiene before, as it starts with the basics. It is also great for those who have some experience, as it builds on the skills and knowledge you already have and covers new topics."

Helen Pearson / Consultant Occupational Hygienist

Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Hygiene course will equip you with a wide range of interdisciplinary 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).

As a graduate of this course, you will have 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 unit.

Emphasis is placed on the development of your critical appraisal skills and your capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

Completing the MSc dissertation is an opportunity to apply your knowledge and develop experience in research methods applied to a problem of particular interest to you.

Every student is allocated an experienced dissertation supervisor.  

Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma programme delivers academic and practical  training in occupational hygiene and health, aiming to develop a practitioner with;

  • an appreciation of the skills necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazardous substances in the workplace, encompassing hazards such as chemical, physical (eg. noise, radiation), biological and ergonomic agents;
  • knowledge of to 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 profession roles in worker health protection;
  • an academic qualification that is accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS);
  • a level 7 academic and practical experience on which to build and extend your knowledge of occupational hygiene  and health throughout your career.

The Master of Science programme aims to;

  • encourage  critical evaluation of  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.

Teaching and learning

The course 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.

Each module includes online tutorial time, providing an opportunity to re-address concepts and approaches to problem solving in discussion with both the tutor and your peers.

In Year 1, you are required to attend in Manchester for a one 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.

You are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational hygiene. Tutorials are delivered via telephone or web conference.

In Year 2, you are required to attend in Manchester for a four-day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10.

In Year 3, you are required to attend a three-day MSc dissertation course held at the University in month 1.

All examinations are held at the University.

Some components of the course are held jointly with students on our MSc Occupational Medicine course.

You can view  sample study materials  and  MSc abstracts and papers .

Coursework and assessment

All taught course units will be assessed via examinations held at university assessment centres at intervals throughout the course, and the third year will be assessed via electronic submission of your completed Dissertation

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 5). The remaining Year 1 assessments will be taken in month 10. For Year 2, assessments will be held in month 5 and 10.

If you wish to proceed to the MSc, you are also required to complete a third year, during which you will attend a mandatory three day residential course (in month 1) and prepare a dissertation.

Course unit details

Year 1

Module 1: Introduction to Hazards, Risks and the Working Environment

  • Occupational Health in Perspective
  • Introduction to Occupational Health Law
  • Historical Development of Occupational Health
  • Hazards and Risks
  • Introduction to Toxicology
  • Introduction to Occupational Hygiene
  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Introduction to Temperature and Work
  • Introduction to Noise and Vibration
  • Introduction to Hazardous Substances

Module 2: Occupational Ill Health

  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Stress Disorders
  • Work-Related Infections
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment, Surveillance and Screening
  • Biological Monitoring

Module 3: Health and Workability

  • Workplace Assessment Skills
  • Advanced Occupational Health Law
  • Ergonomics
  • Shift Work and Daily Rhythms
  • Solvents
  • Plastics and Polymers
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals  
  • Choosing a Research Topic and Literature Review
  • Developing the Research Question

Module 4: Hazardous Substances

  • Factors in Dust Exposure
  • Exposure in Manufacturing Processes
  • Air Sampling
  • Exposure Evaluation/Exposure Modelling
  • Sample Analysis
  • Occupational Exposure for Airborne Substances

Year 2

Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents

  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Radiation
  • Compressed Air Work and Commercial Diving
  • Temperature and Work
  • Light and Vision

Module 6: Control of Workplace Hazards

  • Process Control Strategy
  • Ventilation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Human Behaviours
  • Dermal Exposure

Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Social Research Methods
  • Information Technology

Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards

  • Industry and Environment
  • Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevention of Accidents
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Global Aspects of Occupational Hygiene

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Module 6: Control Of Workplace Hazards POPH60160 15 Mandatory
Module 4: Hazardous Substances POPH63180 15 Mandatory
Module 2: Occupational Ill Health POPH68850 15 Mandatory
Module 1: Introduction to Hazards, Risks and the Working Environment POPH68870 15 Mandatory
Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis (Occupational Hygiene) POPH68900 15 Mandatory
Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents (Occupational Hygiene) POPH68920 15 Mandatory
Module 3: Health and Workability (Occupational Hygiene) POPH68940 15 Mandatory
Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards (Occupational Hygiene) POPH68990 15 Mandatory

Course collaborators

You can enrol for individual units to support our CPD requirements. Contact pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk .

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Careers

Career opportunities

Our programme will show you best practice in the evaluation, management and control of occupational hazards for worker health protection  and workplace health improvement.

This is a highly desirable skill set and Occupational Hygienists are employed in a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing and petrochemical industries, mining, aerospace, retail, hospitality and healthcare businesses.

Our programme combines the academic and practical aspects of worker health protection to enable you to contribute during your career to the development of occupational hygiene practice and workplace health improvement.  

Accrediting organisations

The MSc, PGDip and PGCert are accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society  (BOHS).

Students who successfully pass  the MSc or PGDip are eligible to commence on the BOHS pathway to Chartered Membership of the FOH. The MSc qualification   exempts graduates from one element of the Chartered Membership assessment process.

Associated organisations

Faculty of Occupational Medicine.