MSc Occupational Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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).


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


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.