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MSc Occupational Medicine at The University of Manchester
MSc Occupational Medicine
Doctors who take this course will learn about the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

MSc Occupational Medicine

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/Advanced Diploma/PGCert
Duration
MSc 3yr PT/AdvDip 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.

The deadline for the April 2019 intake is the 8 March 2019.

The deadline for the September 2019 intake is the 16 August 2019.

Applicants will need to submit all of the required application documentation by the deadline. Any applicant with information outstanding at this date will be deemed to have missed the deadline.

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
AdvDip N N N Y
PGCert N N N Y

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 meets the requirements of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) London and RCP (Ireland).
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and in the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Learn when it suits you thanks to the blended learning, part-time nature of this course.
  • A CPD diploma study option is also available if you only want to prepare for professional examinations with the FOM.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

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
  • Advanced Diploma (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.

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

Academic department
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/
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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

English language

Most international 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)

Further information about requirements for your country is available.

If the language of instruction of your first degree was English, but you obtained the degree from a university of a non-majority English-speaking country, we will require the applicant to have a Skype interview for the CPD diploma course only, provided written evidence is also submitted. After successfully completing this CPD element, students could then be considered for progression to the award-bearing levels of our course as long as an English proficiency certificate is provided that meets the minimum requirements outlined above.

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 entry requirements

Further information on computer requirements (PDF, 52KB) 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.

The deadline for the April 2019 intake is the 8 March 2019.

The deadline for the September 2019 intake is the 16 August 2019.

Applicants will need to submit all of the required application documentation by the deadline. Any applicant with information outstanding at this date will be deemed to have missed the deadline.

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.

Interview requirements

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

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Overseas students should note that:

  • In Year 1 students 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 or 6, and for one exam day in month 10.
  • Students will be required to participate in two tutorials per course module for Modules 4 to 8, via teleconference.
  • 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 are held at the University.

A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before a potential overseas student may be accepted on 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 MSc 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).

This MSc 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 information required by medical practitioners working in the field of occupational medicine, and to allow you to pursue an academic qualification in this subject.

We also aim to provide you with the benefit of blended learning methodology, which allows you to apply the knowledge gained during your day-to-day work.

Special features

Compliant course content

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

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.

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 for September starters, in month 6 for April starters 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 medicine. 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.

Some components of the course are held jointly with students on the MSc Occupational Hygiene 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 the University at intervals throughout the course, and the third year will be assessed via submission of a dissertation.

Assessment is by eight examination papers, one per course module. The first will be sat at Seminar 1 (Year 1, month 3) and the second at Seminar 2 (Year 1, month 5 for September starters and month 6 for April starters). The remaining Year 1 assessments will be sat 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. For doctors in approved training posts, the dissertation may also be eligible for submission for the MFOM.

Course unit details

Year 1

Module 1: Foundation for Postgraduate Practice

  • Occupational Health in Perspective
  • Introduction to Occupational Health Law
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Ethical Considerations in Practice
  • 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: Fitness for Work

  • Recognising Occupational Disease
  • Introduction to Occupational Dermatology
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Introduction to the Respiratory System
  • Introduction to Occupational Infections
  • Mental Ill Health and Stress at Work
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment, Surveillance and Screening
  • Sickness Absence
  • Disability Assessment

Module 3: Health and Workability

  • Workplace and Clinical Assessment Skills: the Portfolio
  • Advanced Occupational Health Law
  • Health Promotion
  • Ageing and Employment
  • Ergonomics
  • Shift Work and Daily Rhythms
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work
  • Choosing a Research Topic and Literature Review
  • Developing the Research Question
  • Common Mental Health Problems and the Workplace
  • Introduction to Audit

Module 4: Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour

  • Management
  • Professional Behaviour/Leadership and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Clinical Governance
  • Practical Applications in Quality and Audit
  • Standard Setting
  • Business Needs in the Provision of an Occupational Health Service

Year 2

Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents

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

Module 6: Management of Occupationally Related Disease

  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Occupational Infections
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis

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

Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards

  • Industry and Environment
  • Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Prevention of Accidents
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Occupational Health in a Global Market

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 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis (Occupational Medicine) POPH68800 15 Mandatory
Module 6: Management of Occupationally Related Disease POPH68810 15 Mandatory
Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents (Occupational Medicine) POPH68820 15 Mandatory
Module 4: Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour POPH68830 15 Mandatory
Module 3: Health and Workability (Occupational Medicine) POPH68840 15 Mandatory
Module 2: Fitness for Work POPH68860 15 Mandatory
Module 1: Foundation for Postgraduate Practice POPH68880 15 Mandatory
Module 8: 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 diploma study option is available if you want to prepare for professional examinations with the FOM. You can also use this credit towards a PGCert/AdvDip/MSc from Manchester if you wish.

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.