PhD/MPhil Occupational & Environmental Health / Programme details
Year of entry: 2020
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Our PhD/MPhil programme enables you to undertake a research project that will provide you with high quality training in Occupational and Environmental Health.
Our research investigates the relationship between occupational and environmental exposures (e.g. air pollution, radiation, pesticides, carcinogens), the exposome and human health. In addition, we carry out studies to determine the impact of interventions to reduce exposure on the health of populations as well as studies of stress and wellbeing and of factors that affect return to work by patients following or during treatment. These studies are generally highly multidisciplinary, involving epidemiologists and health scientists, statisticians, toxicologists, clinicians, social scientist, molecular scientists, and geneticists.
Themes of our work and illustrative papers are as follows:
Occupational exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents and risk of adverse health outcomes
- Personal exposure to inhalable dust and the specific latex aero-allergen, Hev b6.02, in latex glove manufacturing in Thailand.
- Pesticide residue transfer in Thai farmer families: using structural equation modeling to determine exposure pathways.
- A refined QSAR model for prediction of chemical asthma hazard.
Environmental exposure and risk of adverse health outcomes
- Air pollution exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes in a large UK birth cohort: use of a novel spatio-temporal modelling technique.
- Long-term exposure to PM10 and NO 2 in association with lung volume and airway resistance in the MAAS birth cohort.
- Short-term effects of ambient particulates and gaseous pollutants on the incidence of transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke: a case-crossover study.
Biomarkers of occupational and environmental exposures
- The nitrosated bile acid DNA lesion O 6 -carboxymethylguanine is a substrate for the human DNA repair protein O 6 -methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase.
- L-ß-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) nitrosation generates a cytotoxic DNA damaging alkylating agent: An unexplored mechanism for neurodegenerative disease
Intervention studies to reduce occupational, environmental or indoor exposures on health
- Has European Union legislation to reduce exposure to chromate in cement been effective in reducing the incidence of allergic contact dermatitis attributed to chromate in the UK?
Return to work following sickness absence
All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).
The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.
The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.
See the training and development page for more information.
Teaching and learning
Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.
International applicants interested in this research area can also consider the our PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate .
This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.
Attendance Requirement for Distance Learning Programme
Students must maintain expected virtual presence and communication with their Supervisor in order to remain registered on the programme and follow all online progression milestones as for any PGR student.
Students must attend, in person, the Welcome and Induction activities organised by the Doctoral Academy in September. As a result, a September start date is preferable. Students should also attend, in person, the compulsory `Life as a PhD Student' training.
Students are encouraged to consider undertaking additional training offered via the Doctoral Academy Training Programme.
It is expected that students will spend a minimum of one working week (5 days) in attendance at the University (in addition to welcome/induction days). This may coincide with formal study weeks (ie in NMSW) and will present the opportunity for the student to spend time with their Supervisory team, visit the Library or local research facilities.
Students must participate in the formal Annual Review meeting, ideally in person, but attendance via Skype etc can be considered.
The final oral examination will be held at the University of Manchester. Only in very exceptional circumstances will a student be allowed to undertake the viva remotely.
Scholarships and bursaries
Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants from within the UK, EU and overseas.