MSc Ergonomics and Human Factors

Online University of Derby Online Learning Masters Programmes

Part time May, September MSc, PgDip, PgCert 3 years of part time study

About the course

Online course description

Ergonomics and Human Factors is a dynamic and evolving profession gaining greater attention as we see more and more emphasis being placed on a holistic human-centred approach to design.

Organisations are increasingly seeing the value of human factors in product and service design to optimise usability and user experience. It is not unusual now for Human Factors specialists or Ergonomists to be a key stakeholder in design processes as they bring an understanding of the human-technology-systems interactions and lead a systems approach to design.

This new and contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors Masters course is suited to practitioners from around the world and from a wide range of disciplines such as design, health and safety, healthcare, computing,

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Entry Requirements

You will require an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant discipline. If you have key practical experience and work based training, you may also apply.


UK/EU/International: £9,090*
*Prices correct for 2020/2021 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2021.

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Student Profile(s)

Kelly Davies

“It was a necessity for me to continue to work while studying for my degree. By studying online at Derby, it allowed me to achieve a degree which otherwise would not have been possible. ​

I met and became friends with people from all over the world. Together we supported each other throughout our degrees. All the tutors and academic staff were brilliant and responded promptly to any learning enquiries. ​

I have noticed an improvement in my self-esteem and self-belief. Every time I managed to exceed the grade I thought was possible for me, I realised that I can achieve and the only person who had stopped me from doing so in the past was me. Studying alongside working was difficult to manage at times but has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

Joy Rickard

“There was no way I would have been able to give up my current commitments and attend university full time. I realised that online study was the only option that would provide the flexibility that I needed. ​

I really enjoyed studying online and I think the resources provided are excellent. I can access learning material as and when it’s convenient for me and the forum is used effectively as an interactive space in which discussions and ideas can develop. I’ve also been impressed with the scope of the digital library, both for books and journals, and this is something that I think makes a big difference to the success of the course. ​

Online study through the University of Derby Online Learning has provided me with a good route to achieving my goals and I also think that it’s good value for money – the perfect combination.”

Mo Aledeh

'I first came across the university when I was looking for something new, relevant to my work and challenging and UDOL presented all that. I ended up registering for three free MOOC’s [free Massive Open Online Courses]. ​

The teaching and support from the lecturers has been wonderful. They are always there to support students. Discovering UDOL was the best solution to my thirst for studying and continuing development because it offers me the freedom, as well as enabling me to combine work, study, and my private life.'

Alawi Almajid

"I aspire to become one of the very first in Saudi Arabia to embed ergonomics and human factors into, not only our regulations and standards, but into our everyday lives. By having the accreditation, it shows that you have worked hard to gain this professional status. In turn, it builds trust and ensures that your audience are confident in what you say. ​

I decided to study online with Derby because of the virtual learning environment. It was something different to what other universities offered. I can join an online seminar from anywhere in the world and I like the fact that I have the chance to ‘virtually’ get to know my amazing tutor, Dr Melinda Lyons, who has been helping and supporting me with my goals. ​

I had the privilege of presenting at the annual health and safety forum in Saudi last year and I could see the impact as people asked lots of questions such as how to implement ergonomics into their organisations. Thanks to the knowledge gained from my course, I was able to help.”

Philippa Tredget

“I work for a defence contractor designing tanks for the British Army. My favourite thing about Ergonomics is knowing that I can make a difference to someone’s life. If I make sure that vehicle is right for that soldier, I might save a life. And that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. That’s what makes my job worthwhile.​

I needed a degree that would allow me to progress on to chartership. I was looking to get an accredited course, and that’s what Derby offers. It’s a real step on the route to chartership, it’s a real step progressing my career to where I want to get to.​

I’ve found the tutors at Derby have been fantastic in supporting me. Whenever there’s been an issue, they’re always there to support you. To help you understand, how do you split that workload, how do you still make your deadline, how can you catch up if you need to. They’ve been there to make sure I reach the finish line.”

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