Occupational hygiene is concerned with the identification, evaluation and management of chemical, physical and biological agents arising from work. Occupational hygienists are employed in a wide range of industries, including the petrochemical industry, manufacturing, mining, aero-industry, service sectors and the health sector. Many hygienists are also actively involved in research in a range of related fields. Currently, there is significant demand from large multinational companies, and there is a worldwide shortage of trained occupational hygienists.
This programme covers all aspects of occupational hygiene, and any student registered on it will be expected to complete a dissertation based on an occupational hygiene topic. A student on this programme may apply for research funding from the British Occupational Hygiene Society to cover costs associated with his or her research project.
Significant emphasis is placed on learning and research. One of the first courses students take is Critical Thinking, which provides them with all the skills necessary to take full advantage of their studies.
As this is a distance learning programme, students are provided with study guides and supporting texts. Increasing use is being made of electronic information sources, and an online community is being developed for students. Students are invited to their learning centres at the start of the autumn and spring terms, giving them an opportunity to speak to tutors and other students.
The aims of the programme are:
- To allow the busy safety, health or hygiene professional to study for a Master's degree that is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society
- To develop the critical thinking skills which are essential in today's occupational hygiene professional.
Please contact us at [email protected] for further information on this distance learning programme.
We offer programmes delivering health, safety and hygiene training within this growing field of employment and incorporating the newly emerging profile of environmental issues increasingly integral to such role innovatively delivered through distance learning.
What you'll study
Distance learning - Year 1: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Critical Thinking (DL) (10 credits) Environment Impact and Management (20 credits) Safety & Risk Management (20 credits) The Chemical Environment (20 credits) Management of Physical Agents (20 credits) Research Methods (DL) (10 credits)
- Year 2: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.
The Reflective Practitioner (20 credits) Disaster Management and Recovery (20 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.