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Occupational Hygiene (MSc)

Our accredited course will equip you to work in occupational hygiene and related areas.

Occupational Hygiene Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Overview

Course overview

This part-time blended learning MSc in Occupational Hygiene is suitable if you currently work in the field or want to do so.

You will learn how to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents. You will also develop critical appraisal skills and the capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

Students will gain:

  • an introduction to the wide variety of aspects of occupational hygiene, such as legislation, toxicological basis for standard setting, methods commonly used to evaluate hazardous agents, and related and overlapping health professions;
  • an academic qualification that is accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
  • a good foundation on which to build and extend your knowledge of occupational hygiene in preparation for future changes and developments.

Completing either the MSc or PGDip will exempt you from all FOH written exams. Students with five years of occupational hygiene work experience will be required to pass an oral examination only to obtain the FOH Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, the highest professional qualification available in the UK.

A number of our students are sponsored by their employers or the governments of their home countries.

You can also see what our students think of our course, and view sample study materials and MSc abstracts and papers.

Related research

The research interests of the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) include The Health and Occupation Research network (THOR), which has a UK-wide observatory function for interactions between work and health.

Additionally, the COEH has an active research programme in occupational hygiene including assessment of exposure, such as to airborne pollutants.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Duration
MSc 3 yr PT/PGDip 2 yr PT/PGCert 1 yr PT
Entry requirements
Potential students should hold an honours degree (Lower Second or above), preferably in a science discipline. Extensive professional experience, coupled with evidence of further training or qualifications, will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 275 1798
How to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment as places can fill quickly and we reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.

Application

Your application form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • Two references on letter headed paper, signed and dated within six months of your application. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • A personal statement explaining why you want to do the course
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or if this is not possible, be sent directly to  pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk   We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

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Course description

This part-time blended learning course equips graduates with a wide range of inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). As a graduate of this course, you will obtain an appreciation of the knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.

In the taught component of the course, the emphasis is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each module. Emphasis is placed on the development of the your critical appraisal skills and a capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

The dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to you.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £4,800 per annum in year 1 and 2; £2,400 year 3
    International students: £9,400 per annum in year 1 and 2; Year 3 £4,700
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £4,800
    International students: £9,400
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,800 per annum
    International students: £9,400 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition and administration costs during your studies.

Please note: The fees do not cover any costs for travel, accommodation, professional exams, etc.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L - Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to an MSc.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Scholarships/sponsorships

A number of our students are sponsored by their employers or the governments of their home countries.