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Environmental Health Sciences (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

The MSc in environmental health sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health.

Environmental health is the assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. This includes the study of:
- environmental protection including control of air, water and land pollution
- food safety and hygiene including production, distribution and fitness for human consumption
- occupational health and safety including investigation and control of work-related accidents and ill health
- the built environment including homes, workplaces and public spaces

Environmental health work is important and highly worthwhile and many of our students are motivated by a desire to directly improve living and working conditions for a wide range of people.

You'll develop expertise in current methods for examining factors that affect human health, assessing and managing the risks involved, and meeting the challenges resulting from changes in the interaction between people and the environment.

The wide scope of environmental health sciences and the corresponding breadth of the degree reflect rapid technological progress. Environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, air, water and noise pollution are increasingly important and there is a pressing need for graduates with skills in these disciplines.

This course also provides an emphasis on teaching subjects that are relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations.

For example, professionals from outside Strathclyde work together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases and also in urban and industrial air quality management.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/environmentalhealthsciences/

You’ll study

Teaching is based on a core of conventional lectures and tutorials, complemented by group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork. The programme can be studied over one year full-time, two years part-time or up to five years through Open Access.

On the full-time programme, you’ll follow a core curriculum of eight classes and four optional class. Each class is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation from June to August.


Our laboratory facilities are well-equipped for a wide range of chemical and biological measurements. High-technological instrumentation and space are available to investigate:
- marine and freshwater quality
- air quality
- solid and hazardous wastes
- environmental microbiology

Teaching staff

The course is delivered by staff from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. A brief profile of some members of the academic team is provided below:
- Dr Iain Beverland is the programme manager of the MSc in Environmental Health Sciences. He has research & teaching interests in the areas of air pollution control, environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, & public/environmental health. Current research includes study of the effects of exposure to air pollution on human health, with a focus on traffic-related air pollution in urban areas.

- Dr Tara K Beattie has expertise in the field of public health and the management of water and solid waste. Her research interests include free-living protozoa and their potential to cause human disease.

- Dr Raymond Wong has research and teaching interests in the areas of food laws (EU and UK), policies and compliance; food poisoning, contamination and prevention; and food safety management systems.

- Dr Christine Switzer specialises in contaminant fate, transport and remediation with emphases on non-aqueous phase liquids and aggressive remediation technologies.

Additional information

Staff within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering have engaged with developing Environmental Health training in Africa for almost 20 years.

Dr Tracy Morse, a graduate from the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health programme, was a recent winner of the title Strathclyder of the Year. Dr Morse won the title for her outstanding work as Project Manager of the University's Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative. This is a scheme funded by the Scottish Government to improve maternal health and drive down infant mortality rates in four villages in Southern Malawi. Dr Morse is the Malawi-based coordinator of all the activities of the University's Malawi Millennium Project.

Open Access

Home students can also choose to study through Open Access. This is initially a non-graduating route. You register for one module at a time and have the option to build up credits eventually leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Home students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Open Access route instead.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Teaching is based around lectures and tutorials. You’ll also take part in group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork.
Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on teaching that is relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations. For example, external professionals worked together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases.


You’ll present work in written, verbal and graphical forms including field and laboratory reports, portfolios, posters and oral presentations.


Graduates in environmental health sciences are well prepared for a wide range of professions that require intellectual flexibility and analytical skill.

Many of our graduates have highly successful careers in environmental regulation, government departments, environmental consultancy, health and safety management, food industry, public water utilities, and waste management.

There is increasing recognition by employers in the private sector that graduates in environmental health have skills and backgrounds that are well suited to management roles in a range of related business activities, including the specialist field of corporate social responsibility.

Employers of Strathclyde Environmental Health graduates include:
AECOM; ACS Physical Risk Control Ltd; British Army; British Petroleum; Glasgow Caledonian University; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Health Protection Scotland; IBI Group Inc; International Atomic Energy Agency; Institute of Occupational Medicine; Malaysian Government; Maltese Government; Swaziland Department of Health; Logica plc; Malawi Government; National Health Service in Scotland; Ricardo AEA Ltd; Royal Bank of Scotland; Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland; Royal Navy; RPS Group Plc; Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; Scottish Government; UK Meteorological Office; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Strathclyde; World Health Organisation.

The MSc Environmental Health Sciences programme is not a pre-training programme for students wishing to become a local government Environmental Health Officer in Scotland through the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) scheme of professional training.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Environmental Health Sciences (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dolores Borg

487.JPG My name is Dolores Borg and I come from the Mediterranean Island of Malta. I have been working as an Environmental Health Officer in Malta for the last 11 years. My studies in Environmental Health started by obtaining a Diploma; and then an Honours Degree in Environmental Health at the University of Malta. Subsequently, to further enhance my academic standing I decided to study for an MSc at Strathclyde University.

The MSc course was very interesting, wide ranging and covered new topics including Acoustics and Contaminated Land Reclamation. I was invited by another student to visit Dumfries and Galloway Council in Stranraer to obtain first-hand experience in Environmental Health work in Scotland and to meet other colleagues. The lecturers, staff and students were very helpful and friendly. It was an interesting and fulfilling year and I am positive that the experience and knowledge gained will help me in my career as an Environmental Health Officer.

(Student Profile)

Moira Malcolm

488.JPG I am from Edinburgh, Scotland and have previous degrees in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Food Science from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen. I have worked in a variety of places including the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh doing various projects including research on oiled birds from oil spills and curating the mammal skeleton collection (which involved amongst other things boiling a polar bear). I also spent time as a production and quality manager in a hand-made luxury chocolate factory. For the last 5 years I have worked as a food safety officer in local government.

The Environmental Health degree encompasses a broad range of science subjects and as such is very interesting – from asbestos to zoonoses and everything in between! The principles learnt in previous science degrees are applied to practical situations: chemistry for pollution; biology for food; physics for noise. Being in a class with students from different backgrounds is helpful as each brings their own experience and can add a different point of view to discussions, which in turn helps everybody! Even if your first degree seems somewhat removed from the taught subjects, an interest in the world around you is more important to gaining the most from the course.

Strathclyde University is a good place to be – I commuted from Edinburgh so being in the heart of Glasgow was definitely a bonus for me. The teaching staff are friendly and easy to approach with any problems.

The degree was essential for the work I am now in – I am now training to be an Environmental Health Officer at my previous employer which specifically requires either the undergraduate or postgraduate qualification for entry. I am really enjoying using what I have learned at Strathclyde and applying it to the ‘real world’ of environmental health. Many of the things I learned during my course are more up to date than my colleagues know about so despite being the ‘new girl’ I occasionally get to teach them a thing or two!

(Student Profile)

Olaitan Femi-Falade

I found all of the modules very relevant and enjoyable, and the teaching methods made understanding the concept of each module easy to comprehend. I like the approach used for the Contaminated Land classes. I particularly enjoyed, and found very useful Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health and I had the best time on my project.


SAAS Tuition Fee Loan - 18 Awards

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) - Postgraduate FundingEligible postgraduate students can apply to SAAS for a tuition fee loan to help with the cost of their fees (up to £3,400 for full time students and up to £1,700 for part time students)MSc in Environmental Engineering
MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship (*)
MSc in Environmental Health
MSc in Sustainability & Environmental Studies (*)
(*) These degrees accept students from any background

Value of Scholarship(s)

Home Tuition fees (eligible UK/EU students only)


Please check your eligibility for Postgraduate Funding by visiting the SAAS website: http://www.saas.gov.uk/index.htmThe residence eligibility conditions are complicated. If you are in any doubt about your residence eligibility status, you should contact SAAS directly on 0845 111 0244 or by email via their website.

Application Procedure

More information can be found at: http://www.saas.gov.uk/student_support/special_circumstances/postgrad.htm

Further Information



£1,000 Prestigious International Excellence Award for overseas students - Single Award

£1,000 International Excellence Awards are available for the following 1-year degrees offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept/David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability:MSc Environmental Engineering
MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship - first in Europe
MSc Environmental Health
MSc Sustainability & Environmental Studies
MSc Hydrogeology

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible for this award, you should be a candidate of high academic calibre and submit an online application for your preferred MSc course within our Department. The awards will be allocated based on quality but applying early increases the changes to get one of these awards.

Application Procedure

In order to be eligible for this prestigious award, all you need to do is apply online for your chosen course, via the link provided in the individual web page for each degree. Please make sure your application is complete and includes evidence of previous degree qualification, two references (academic/employer) and proof of English language if applicable. In addition, please attach a one A4 page Supporting Statement covering these two points: * Why do you want to take this postgraduate degree and how will the degree support your career goals?
* What makes you 'excellent' that justifies you getting one of these Excellence Awards?The awards will be allocated based on quality, but applying early increases your chances of receiving one of these awards. Applicants with the equivalent to a 1st class honours UK degree (70% or above) will be prioritised, but applicants with the equivalent to a high 2.1 honours UK degree (65-69%) and/or with relevant professional experience may also be considered.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 10 Awards

Prestigious awards funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are available for postgraduate study in the UK to able international graduates through a number of different schemes.
Chevening Scholarships are currently available in 150 countries around the world. Strathclyde University has agreed to contribute 20% of the tuition fee as a part-scholarship for all Chevening Scholarship holders.Selection is carried out by British Embassies and High Commissions overseas in consultation with the local British Council representative. Competition is keen.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards vary, but can cover tuition fees, monthly stipend and one-off allowances.


Prestigious awards funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are available for postgraduate study in the UK to able international graduates through a number of different schemes.

Application Procedure

Further details are available from local British Council officers or from http://www.chevening.com

Further Information



Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Awards (CSC) - 10 Awards

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commision scheme provides scholarships to citizens from developing Commonwealth countries for study in the UK. These scholarships are offered for Master's study in the UK and are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).Candidates must apply well in advance through their nominating agency (or university if applicable) in their home country.Examples of nominating agencies:1). The candidate’s national Commonwealth Scholarship agency. This is the main route of application and a full list of Commonwealth Scholarship agency addresses can be obtained from the CSC website2). The Executive Head of an eligible developing country University on whose staff the applicant serves. (In the case of Bangladesh and India, nominations are made through the University Grants Commission; in Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission; and in Sri Lanka, through the Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education)3). Selected non-governmental organisations, charitable bodies and development partnershipsEach year, the CSC invites each nominating agency to forward a specific number of nominations. Each nominating agency is responsible for its own selection process.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees/maintenance to commonwealth citizens.


Candidates must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually based in the Department of Education) in the country in which the candidate permanently resides.
Commonwealth citizens of high intellectual calibre will be considered.

Application Procedure

Candidates must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually based in the Department of Education) in the country in which the candidate permanently resides. Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship.Further information on the scheme and how to apply is available from the CSC website and from local British Council Offices.Closing dates for applications are usually around December of the year prior to the course commencing.Applications for MSc study in September 2013 closed on 7th December 2012.

Further Information



Pakistan 50th Anniversary Fund Scholarship - 4 Awards

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of the State of Pakistan a small number of scholarships are awarded by the University of Strathclyde from funds donated by the late Mr Yaqub Ali through the Scottish Pakistani Association to the University of Strathclyde Foundation. The aim of the Fund is to provide an opportunity for well qualified but needy Pakistan nationals to pursue a one-year MSc in the UK. The awards are made for one year only and are not renewable.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees/living costs/return travel/other expenses.


First Class Honours Degree from a recognised Pakistan University; candidates must be in their home country at the time of application; preference will be given to candidates who have relevant work experience and have not previously studied in the UK; candidates must return to Pakistan at the end of their studies and serve there for three years. The awards are made for one year only and are not renewable. Priority to subjects in the areas of engineering, computing and business management or any other subject which the partners deem acceptable or which cannot be pursued adequately in Pakistan.

Application Procedure

Further information will be available from Shirley Kirk by email [email protected]

Further Information



Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary - 13 Awards

The Carnegie Trust offers awards for students wishing to undertake a one-year taught postgraduate course. Alternatively, it is permissible that the one-year course be taken on a half-time basis over two consecutive years. The award will cover the standard home tuition fee only and does not pay a maintenance stipend.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Home Tuition Fees


Applicants must be Scottish by birth, descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.Bursaries are awarded on the basis of overall assessment of merit of the candidate, including financial circumstances. While the most promising candidates will normally have a first-class honours degree or equivalent, this is not essential.

Application Procedure

Application forms for entry in 2013 will be available in February/March 2013. Please contact Shirley Kirk, tel 0141 548 3204 or email [email protected] for further details.

Further Information



University of Strathclyde International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

For new students who begin a one year full-time taught Masters course in September 2013. These awards are not renewable. Applications should be made on-line at the address below before 31 May 2013.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000 - £6,000


Students of outstanding academic calibre will be considered.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made on-line at http://ewds.strath.ac.uk/igo/Apply.aspx before 31 May 2013.

Further Information



Dean's Excellence Awards for India - Single Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is highly rated with a world-class reputation for research and teaching. This multidisciplinary department has a large international student population and a global research profile. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Department have introduced a new scholarship for students from India applying to its postgraduate MSc/MRes programmes. One £4,000 Excellence Award is available to an outstanding-calibre overseas student for the MSc and MRes degrees offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Applications are invited from well-qualified applicants from India joining the one year full-time postgraduate MSc programmes in September 2013

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000 toward tuition fees


The Dean’s Excellence Awards are open to all well-qualified applicants from India joining any of our one year full-time postgraduate MSc programmes in session 2013/2014.

Application Procedure

See following link:

Further Information



RUK Scholarship - Single Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is jointly offering with the Faculty of Engineering, ONE £3,000 RUK scholarship towards the MSc tuition fee cost.These Awards were introduced to support high calibre students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) who wish to pursue their MSc studies in Scotland.

Value of Scholarship(s)



RUK students on any of our MSc degrees within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Strathclyde. Those with first class honours degrees will be prioritised for shortlisting, but high upper second class honours degree candidates may also be considered.

Application Procedure

How do I apply and by when?Via a scholarship application made available from the Department. Please email [email protected] for an application form.
The closing date is 1st August 2013.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant science or engineering discipline. Lower degree classifications might be considered if there is strength elsewhere (for example, relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation, very strong academic letter of reference, very strong application statement linking with career goals).

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £16,700

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