Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Hygiene course will equip you with a wide range of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
As a graduate of this course, you will have knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.
In the taught component of the course, the emphasis is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each unit.
Emphasis is placed on the development of your critical appraisal skills and your capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.
The dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to you.
The primary aim of the course is to deliver academic training in disciplines relevant to occupational hygiene. The course aims to provide you with:
The MSc aims to:
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 1 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.
Some components of the course are held jointly with students on our MSc Occupational Medicine course.
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.
Module 1: Introduction to Hazards, Risks and the Working Environment
Module 2: Occupational Ill Health
Module 3: Health and Workability
Module 4: Hazardous Substances
Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents
Module 6: Control of Workplace Hazards
Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis
Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards
Visit the Occupational Hygiene (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!
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