MSc Occupational Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Our online 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).

Certain aspects of the course also link closely to the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) curriculum giving you a unique opportunity to interact with students studying to be occupational hygienists and develop professional links as an occupational physician.


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).

Expert teaching

You will be taught by academics and professionals working in the field of occupational health and hygiene using case examples from local, national and international occupational health and hygiene. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real occupational health and hygiene issues.

Flexible online blended learning

Most of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. On campus activities are offered during your study and are held in Manchester but attendance is not compulsory. For certain units there are face-to-face sessions, including practical workshops. You will be notified of these dates at the start of the course.

Teaching and learning

The online blended learning course comprises specially commissioned online materials, together with interactive teaching and learning methods, delivered on the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Course units include online live and recorded lectures and seminars, and online tutorial time, providing an opportunity to re-address concepts and approaches to problem solving in discussion with both the tutor and your peers. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place for each unit. All units are assessed through assignment/examination.

Once you are enrolled with us we will provide you with a timetable of our online welcome and seminar days, workshops, tutorials and assessment dates.

Coursework and assessment

Taught course units have a variety of assignments and examinations at intervals throughout the course.

Course unit details

Students are required to complete the following for the award of:

  • MSc - you must complete 8 compulsory units and the Dissertation (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma - you must complete 8 compulsory units (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate - you must complete 4 compulsory units (60 credits)

You can choose from a range of dissertation models to suit your work situation and interest. You will submit a proposal for review and discussion.

PGDip and PGCerts are available as exit awards only.

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 POPH68802 15 Mandatory
Management of Occupationally Related Disease POPH68811 15 Mandatory
Understanding Physical Agents POPH68821 15 Mandatory
Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour POPH68832 15 Mandatory
Health and Workability POPH68842 15 Mandatory
Fitness for Work (September) POPH68861 15 Mandatory
Foundation for Postgraduate Practice (September) POPH68881 15 Mandatory
Occupational Health Management POPH68892 15 Mandatory
Dissertation for Occupational Medicine and Occupational Hygiene POPH69000 60 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.


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 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.

This MSc has the option of interrupting your studies or exiting early (with an option to return within five years).