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Course content

Course overview

  • Learn how to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.
  • Develop critical appraisal skills and the capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.
  • Become exempt from all Faculty of Occupational Hygiene written exams if you complete the MSc or PGDip.

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,200 per annum in year 1 and 2; £2,600 year 3 
  • International students (per annum): £9,800 per annum in year 1 and 2; Year 3 £4,900
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,200 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £9,800 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,200 
  • International students (per annum): £9,800

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

Additional expenses

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

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 (6.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (22 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

Other international entry requirements

Overseas students should note that:

  • Year 1 students are required to attend be in Manchester for three days including a one day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3, and the same for Module 2 in month 5, and for one exam day in month 10.
  • Students will be required to participate in two tutorials per course module for Modules 4 to 8, via web conference.
  • In Year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a four day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10.
  • In Year 3, students are required to attend a three day dissertation course held at the University in month 1.
  • All examinations are held at the University.

A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before you may be accepted to the course.

Other entry requirements

Further information on computer requirements (PDF, 43KB) for this course can be downloaded.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

Advice to applicants

 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 CV 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.

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or if this is not possible, be sent directly to   .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Please see the other international entry requirements section to ensure you fully understand your requirements to visit the UK as part of this course. A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before you may be accepted to the course.

Teaching and learning

The course comprises a blend of specially commissioned written materials in electronic format (PDF), together with interactive teaching material, all delivered via the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

In Year 1, you are required to attend in Manchester for a one day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3, and the same for Module 2 in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10.

You are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational hygiene. Tutorials are delivered via telephone or web conference.

In Year 2, you are required to attend in Manchester for a four-day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10.

In Year 3, you are required to attend a three-day MSc dissertation course held at the University in month 1.

All examinations are held at the University.

You can view sample study materials and MSc abstracts and papers .

Coursework and assessment

All taught course units will be assessed via examinations held at the University at intervals throughout the course, and the third year will be assessed via submission of a dissertation.

Assessment is by eight examination papers, one per course module. The first will be taken at Seminar 1 (Year 1, month 3) and the second at Seminar 2 (Year 1, month 5). The remaining Year 1 assessments will be taken in month 10. For Year 2, assessments will be held in month 5 and 10.

If you wish to proceed to the MSc, you are also required to complete a third year, during which you will attend a mandatory three day residential course (in month 1) and prepare a dissertation.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc, PGDip and PGCert are fully accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society  (BOHS).


Visit the MSc Occupational Hygiene page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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