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Occupational Health MSc/Diploma

Course Description

Established for over 15 years and completed by more than 200 students from ten different countries, this programme is based on a multidisciplinary approach to tackling a wide range of occupational health issues and is accredited by both the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) for graduate membership.

Organised by the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) at the University of Birmingham this programme is designed to meet the needs of postgraduate training in the prevention and control of work-related ill health and to understand the issues of ill health and its effect on work in the 21st century.

Open to graduates with relevant first degrees and those with appropriate work experience including doctors, nurses, hygienists, and health and safety personnel.

Aiming to develop the practitioner in occupational health and associated disciplines, this programme combines the academic and practical aspects of occupational health so that you can contribute to the development of occupational health services as well as improving practices and dealing effectively with management issues.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Occupational Health MSc/Diploma page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chris Baird-Clarke

Current roleSpecialist Registrar, Bristol Hospital NHST Occupational Health Dept (on secondment from HM Forces Army)

How has your career developed since graduating?

Since graduation I commenced a 12 month secondment with Bristol NHST Occ Health Dept. My MSc has provided me with significant background knowledge academically and professionally in dealing with all aspects of my current role. I understand what other occupational health professionals are talking about (e.g. OH nurse, Hygienists, HR) and am able to advise accordingly when concerning management or clinical decisions. On visiting external agencies to undertake occupational health related studies I am understanding of the business aspect and requirement for occupational health. My knowledge of the legal aspects of occupational health has led me to seek information about future training in Law as Employment and Equality Act 2010 law is interesting.

Why did you originally apply to do your chosen course at Birmingham?

This course was full-time and best suited to my learning needs and style. Birmingham was a maximum of a 90 minute commute and so I was able to work on the train home and in the mornings. Birmingham city itself is a vibrant and fun student city.

What did you think were the best points of the course?

Small groups enabled friendships to be built. Working closely with other types of occupational health professionals led to a greater understanding of their role than can be taught. Regular practical’s and workplace visits giving a real life working aspect to what is being taught.

What advice would you give to current students?

Enjoy doing the presentations, they really benefit learning. Talk to everyone on the course, they all have something valuable to offer about their aspect of practice that you will not necessarily be aware of. We had a number of impromptu teaching sessions from colleagues keen to let us know about their experiences and types of practice.

How did you grow as a person by studying at University?

I became more professional in my approach to occupational health now having a wider and deeper understanding of many aspects of my field. I have a greater respect for others in my profession particularly the non-medical professionals.


Entry Requirements

You should have a relevant first degree, although those with relevant work experience/appropriate expertise will be considered.

Last Updated

26 April 2017

Course Fees

MSc £7,020 PGDip £4,680 (UK/EU), £19,890 (overseas)

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