MSc Occupational Medicine

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

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

We require a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary.

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 Y N N
PGDip N Y N N
PGCert N Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn about topics such as fitness for work, understanding workplace hazards and workplace risk management if you are a doctor interested in occupational medicine.
  • Follow a syllabus that is approved by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) London and RCP (Ireland).
  • Learn when it suits you thanks to the blended learning, part-time nature of this course.
  • A CPD in Occupational Medicine is also available if you only want to prepare for professional examinations with the FOM.

Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,400 per annum in year 1 and 2; £2,700 year 3
    International students (per annum): £10,000 per annum in year 1 and 2; Year 3 £5,000
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1: £5,400, Year 2: £5,400
    International students (per annum): Year 1: £10,000, Year 2: £10,000
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,400
    International students (per annum): £10,000

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, off campus venues, 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 (School of Health Sciences) 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 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2015;
  • are registered for an MSc, PGDip or PGCert course at Manchester;
  • 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 so there is no application process.

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 medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary.

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

International students should note that attendance in Manchester is required at various times during your course of study. All examinations are held in either Manchester or at one of our Global Assessments Centres.

Other entry requirements

You will require access to a laptop or desktop (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing and sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

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 (certified translation if not in English);
  • official university transcripts (certified translation 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.

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 on 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

Our part-time blended learning Occupational Medicine course provides an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the workplace.

The course is aimed at GPs who want to gain an academic qualification in occupational medicine and doctors already working in the field - especially in specialist training posts - who want to prepare for professional exams with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

The course is also suitable for doctors in other disciplines who have an interest in occupational medicine.

You will benefit from access to a range of specialist knowledge and resources within occupational health and examine the evidence on which occupational health practice is based.

The course takes place in a research-enriched environment and, for those progressing to the third year of the MSc, you will have the opportunity to undertake research-based activities relevant to occupational health, including formulating a research question, designing and executing an appropriate study and drawing valid conclusions through writing a dissertation. 

Our course follows the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland).

Aims

This course aims to provide you with the core knowledge required by medical practitioners working in the field of occupational medicine, and to allow you to pursue an academic qualification in this subject.

We will teach you the rudiments of research methods, critical appraisal and critical objectivity so that on a life-long basis you will apply your knowledge to assess for, and make, evidence based decisions.

Special features

Compliant course content

This course adheres to the syllabus requirements of the FOM, RCP (London) and RCP (Ireland).

Teaching and learning

The part-time course comprises a blend of specially commissioned written materials, together with interactive teaching and learning methods, delivered on the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Some of the course unit 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. All units are assessed through assignment/examination.

Various seminar days are provided during the course. During your first year, Unit 1 and Unit 2 require attendance in Manchester for a practical seminar day and unit assessment. Unit 3 and Unit 4 are delivered with additional online tutorials.

Units 5-8 are completed in Year 2 with attendance for assessment and practical field work.

Progression to MSc requires the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation and attendance at a 3 day Dissertation Workshop.

Once you are enrolled with us we will provide you with a full calendar of seminar days, workshop and examination dates for the duration of your course. These will be easily accessible to you via the My Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

All Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1) and Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2) taught course units have examinations held at the University or Global Assessment Centres at intervals throughout the course.

The MSc (Year 3) commences with a three day workshop in September and culminates with the electronic submission of your completed Dissertation.

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
Research Methods and Data Analysis (Occupational Medicine) POPH68800 15 Mandatory
Management of Occupationally Related Disease POPH68810 15 Mandatory
Understanding Physical Agents (Occupational Medicine) POPH68820 15 Mandatory
Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour POPH68830 15 Mandatory
Health and Workability (Occupational Medicine) POPH68840 15 Mandatory
Fitness for Work POPH68860 15 Mandatory
Foundation for Postgraduate Practice POPH68880 15 Mandatory
Management of Workplace Hazards (Occupational Medicine) POPH68890 15 Mandatory

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 .

CPD opportunities

A CPD study option is available if you want to prepare for professional examinations with the FOM. Should you wish to continue onto our PGCert/Dip/MSc you will be required to pass the summative assessments for POPH68880 and POPH68860 or provide evidence of successful completion of the FOM's DOccMed so that you can APL the 30 credits for these units.

If you do intend to complete the MSc at some point during your career, we would advise that you apply for this from the start, as you do have the option of interrupting your studies or exiting early (with an option to return within five years).

We offer a subscription scheme that provides online access to current materials for alumni who have completed any of the course, allowing you to stay up to date with developments in the field after graduation. Our teaching material is regularly updated.

Careers

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of your MSc, the dissertation may be modified (to comply with the regulations), for higher professional qualification in Occupational Medicine via the MFOM or CESR routes.