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About the course

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.

Over the past 20 years this programme has been completed by over 300 doctors, nurses, scientists, economists and physiotherapists. The 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.

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

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Entry Requirements

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


Course Content


Where is University of Birmingham


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Student Profile(s)

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.


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