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Ergonomics in Health & Community Care MSc/PGDip/PGCert

The Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme is designed to provide a broad ergonomics education to suit the requirements of health professionals, including physiotherapists, patient-handling advisors and occupational therapists. Teaching will focus on the promotion of healthy and safe working, across public and domestic environments.

Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme examines how best to ensure a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments in which they work, travel and play in. You will apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Ergonomics in Health and Community Care is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). As the CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, you will be exposed to a range of valuable employment opportunities worldwide.

You will benefit from teaching provided by world leading academics (for example, Professor George HavenithProfessor Sue Hignett and Professor Andrew Morris), industry experts and specialists in each area, to ensure that you are trained to the highest professional standard.

Previous guest speakers for this programme include industry experts from Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce, AMEC, as well as specialists in health and safety, aviation safety, environmental health, health practitioners and experienced lecturers from other Universities.

As well as a full-time MSc qualification, this programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.

The Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre facilities (e.g. environmental test suite, light and vision labs) enable you to the study of the interaction of people with their physical environment. This is located in a specially built facility close to the main School building. 

What you'll study

Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care MSc is designed to help you develop ergonomics competencies in critical and practical skills and scientific methods necessary for professional practice and for entry to further research training through teaching by research active staff.


Ergonomics in Health and Community Care covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

  • Introduction to Ergonomics
  • Human Function
  • Human Factors and Systems
  • Physical Health at Work
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Project Module (Dissertation)
  • Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design
  • Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety
  • Patient Handling

How you'll be assessed

Assessment may include: individual report, group evaluation, group presentation, open book test, class test, critique, coursework, dissertation, and a viva voce.

How you'll study

  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Field trips
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Loughborough Design School is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future Career Prospects

Our programmes have strong links with outside organisations. As part of the Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme you will also be encouraged to undertake your main project in the field, providing realistic experiences and learning. The programme content has a strong practitioner bias where what you are learning provides vocational training towards a career as an ergonomist or human factors expert.

Successful completion of these programmes will enable you to become a professional ergonomics or a human factors practitioner. The nature of the Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programmes also opens up possibilities in other scientific and research careers. As part of your programme, you will be encouraged to undertake your main project in industry, which will enable you to gain more work-related experiences in a related area. 

Graduate destinations

Our recent graduate destinations include:

  • Chief Trials Officer
  • Ergonomist and Automotive Engineer
  • Graduate Human Factors Engineer
  • Human Factors Consultant
  • Scientist
  • Usability Engineer
  • Atkins
  • Canadian Army Trials and Evaluation Unit – Canada
  • Faceui/Facetop Consulting Company – China
  • Other employers of our recent graduates include Arup, Medstar Health, Semcon AB and Jaguar Land Rover

Your personal development

On successful completion of the MSc/PGDip, you should be able to achieve the following:

  • Information Technology: use instructional material (eg, experimental demonstrations) and research tools (eg,. statistical packages) on computers, and search for relevant material on the internet
  • numeracy: collect data in numerical form, present it in tables and graphs, and analyse it with a range of statistical tools
  • problem solving: clarify questions, consider alternative solutions and evaluate outcomes
  • teamwork: share responsibility for a task with others; agree common goals and methods to achieve them; co-ordinate the use of common resources
  • management skills: manage a project, including its interfaces with its context; control meetings, write reports, demonstrate key skills, understand training and skills issues

Visit the Ergonomics in Health & Community Care MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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