Occupational Hygiene - Personal Professional Development

Year of entry: 2024


Degree awarded
30 MSc credits
2 semesters/6 months
Entry requirements
We require an undergraduate degree in a health or science related discipline. In lieu of a degree qualification we will accept other qualifications along with relevant industry experience.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply for a place on our CPD in Occupational Hygiene please complete and submit our online application form.

For information and guidance, see: How to apply

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
Modular N N N Y

Course overview

Contemporary occupational health and safety practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible with broad experience of a wide range of workplace environments. Increasingly, practitioners are expected to apply a breadth of knowledge to workplace situations across the occupational hygiene, health, safety, and environment spectrum.

  • Our CPD course units are aimed at occupational health, safety and allied health professionals working in occupational health-related areas and address the main issues of occupational exposure assessment and control.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to apply occupational exposure assessment and controls to a range of situations in industry. - apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations.
  • You will also learn to demonstrate capability of meeting core competencies in occupational hygiene and health
  • Gain a CPD certificate and 30 MSc cresits which can be transferred onto our MSc or MPH courses.

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Additional expenses

There is an on campus event which will require attendance and overnight stays in Manchester, UK.

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).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an undergraduate degree in a health or science related discipline. In lieu of a degree qualification we will accept other qualifications along with relevant industry experience.

English language

We require minimum IELTS 6.5 for international students.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a place on our CPD in Occupational Hygiene please complete and submit our online application form.

For information and guidance, see: How to apply

Course details

Course description

Our blended online and on-campus CPD course in Occupational Hygiene offers an innovative approach to learning that meets the professional development and training needs of occupational hygiene and health professionals in the areas of occupational exposure assessment and control.

The course concentrates on hazardous substances but the underlying principles are also applicable to other agents that are harmful to health in the workplace.

Professionals working in occupational safety and health and occupational hygiene will benefit from technical training and education that is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society.

As a CPD student on our programme, your course is delivered under the framework of The University of Manchester Postgraduate Taught Programmes and upon successful completion you will attain 30 credits at masters’ education level (180 credits is required for MSc qualification). This also means for the duration of your CPD course you are a student of The University of Manchester entitling you to use the library resources and access the University student support services.

 If you are interested in further study after completing the CPD course, you can enrol onto our BOHS accredited MSc in Occupational Hygiene or enrol onto our MPH programme in Occupational Health. You can use your 30 credits from the CPD towards these qualifications.

Our CPD course is mapped to the curriculum set out in BOHS OHTA Modules W501 Measurement of Hazardous Substances and W505 Control of Hazardous Substances. Successful completion of our CPD course exempts you from the W501 and W505 modules on the Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene, in accordance with our BOHS accreditation and BOHS endorsement as a training provider.

In addition, our CPD course contains topics not included in the BOHS modules – Exposure Modelling, Dermal exposure, Human Behaviours, and Occupational Infections.

Special features

Our face-to-face on campus practical workshop takes place in the spring. This is a minimum 4-day occupational hygiene practical workshop which takes place on The University of Manchester campus. Details will be provided at the welcome and introduction event.

Attendance is compulsory if you wish to benefit from the BOHS accreditation, to achieve exemption from BOHS W501 and W505 training modules, and to gain 30 MSc course credits.

All CPD students must attend the occupational hygiene practical workshop in person. If you are unable to attend the face-to-face component due to mitigating circumstances, you may be permitted to repeat this element in a subsequent year.

You are expected to provide their own transport and accommodation for the face-to-face practical workshop. Confirmation of attendance will be sought once you have applied for the course.

Additional opportunities

You also could get involved with our sister programmes in Public Health. We also run the Geneva Winter School, monthly public health journal clubs, the annual Festival of Public Health, an International Summer School, CPD events and our free open-access courses. If you are interested in further study for a PhD, our Integrated PhD pathway will enable you to combine your postgraduate taught course with a related PhD project in biology, medicine or health.

Teaching and learning

This is a blended learning course which is delivered using a combination of online and face to face workshop activities including:

  • Online lectures, seminars and tutorials.
  • Online texts and directed reading using online platforms, with access to core texts in The University of Manchester Library – one of the five National Research Research Libraries.
  • Case studies and exercises.
  • Video resources.
  • Academic advising and personal tutorials.
  • Online workshops.
  • Semester 2 on campus 5-day practical workshop to reinforce practical aspects of exposure assessment and control, in particular relating to ventilation systems.

A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place throughout the course units, with specific deadlines for all summative assessments.

The course is delivered on a part-time blended learning basis over two semesters or approximately six months. 

Coursework and assessment

You will use several assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Learning for each of the two units is assessed by:

  • Formative self-assessment questions and online exercises.
  • An extended summative assignment based on a case study.
This allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and its application.

Course unit details

Occupational Exposure Assessment: Semester 1 = 15 MSc Credits

Occupational Exposure Control: Semester 2 = 15 MSc Credits

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
Occupational Exposure Control POPH60162 15 Mandatory
Occupational Exposure Assessment POPH63181 15 Mandatory

Course collaborators

This is a BOHS endorsed CPD to permit exemption from BOHS training modules.


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. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

Further MSc and CPD study options

If you are interested in further CPD postgraduate study we also recommend our CPD in Occupational Health to build your CPD credits to Postgraduate Certificate level. You can do this by completing the following units on our CPD programme:

For all our CPD offers please get in touch with our admissions team at pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk 


Career opportunities

Most of our students complete the CPD course part-time while working in a variety of job roles and industry sectors. Some students use their experience and qualification to help them to move into predominantly occupational health, occupational hygiene and occupational safety, health and environment roles.

This course is intended to give students the specific occupational exposure assessment and control skills to apply within their own professional setting, or to further their career in industrial or occupational hygiene.

Intercalating medical students from Manchester and elsewhere may take the MSc and these CPD elements if they are interested in careers in occupational health and industrial hygiene.

Accrediting organisations

British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)

Associated organisations

Society for Occupational Medicine

Faculty for Occupational Medicine