MSc Occupational Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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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).

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 online blended learning course comprises 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. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place for each unit. All units are assessed through assignment/examination.

Some course units require your active participation throughout and compulsory attendance is required for some face-to-face elements.

Once you are enrolled with us we will provide you with a timetable of seminar days, workshop and examination dates.

Coursework and assessment

Taught course units have a variety of assignments and examinations at intervals throughout the course which may require attendance in Manchester or one of our Global Assessment Centres.

Course unit details

MSc students must complete eight compulsory units and the dissertation (180 credits)

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

PGDip and PGCerts are 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 (Occupational Medicine) POPH68800 15 Mandatory
Management of Occupationally Related Disease POPH68810 15 Mandatory
Understanding Physical Agents 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
Dissertation for Occupational Medicine and Occupational Hygiene POPH69000 60 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 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).