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Occupational Medicine (MSc)

Doctors who take this course will learn about the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

Occupational Medicine Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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This part-time distance learning MSc in Occupational Medicine is aimed at doctors currently working in or who have an interest in occupational medicine.

The course adheres to the syllabus requirements of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) London and Ireland. You will cover topics such as fitness for work, understanding physical agents and workplace hazard management during the course. 

You will gain:

  • the information required by medical practitioners working in the field of occupational medicine;
  • access to a range of specialist knowledge and resources within the discipline of occupational health;
  • the benefits of a blended learning methodology, which allows you to apply the knowledge you gain to your day-to-day work;
  • the evidence on which occupational health practice is based;
  • the benefit of studying in a research-enriched environment and, for those progressing to the third year of the MSc, the opportunity to undertake research-based activities relevant to occupational health.

Some students are sponsored by employers or the governments of their home countries. Please note that students will be required to come to the University for seminars and exams.

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

CPD Diploma

A CPD Diploma is available to those who want to prepare for their professional examinations with the FOM. These students can go on to obtain an MSc from Manchester.

Alumni subscription scheme

We offer a subscription scheme that provides online access to current materials from this MSc for alumni of the course, allowing you to stay up to date with developments in the field after graduation.

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/Advanced Diploma/PGCert/CPD Diploma
MSc 3yr PT/AdvDip 2yr PT/PGCert 1yr PT/CPD 6 mths
Entry requirements

Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary. 

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.


Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • Two references on letter headed paper, signed and dated within six months of your application. At least one of these references must be written by a medical doctor. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • CV including details of relevant professional/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, sent directly to . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all 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.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This part-time blended learning course is designed for:

  • GPs wishing to pursue an academic qualification in occupational medicine;
  • doctors working in occupational medicine, particularly those in specialist training posts, who intend to prepare for their professional examinations with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM);
  • doctors of other disciplines who have an interest in Occupational Medicine.
The course adheres closely to the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland) and aims to provide you with an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.


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
  • Advanced Diploma (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,800 per annum
    International students: £9,400 per annum
  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,200 per 30 credit module
    International students: £2,200 per 30 credit module

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.


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