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Public and Environmental Health Science MSc

Course Description

This programme is designed for international students wishing to advance their knowledge in public health and environmental health. It provides opportunities to understand how to manage risks posed to public and environmental health and provide the necessary solutions. A virtual learning platform has been introduced to allow students to identify hazards and risks within an industrial environment. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health for international students. It is taught in conjunction with the MSc in Environmental Health.

This programme is aimed at International students. If you are a UK/EU student, please see the equivalent Environmental Health MSc programme.

The Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management (DEHRM) is based in the well-equipped, purpose-built facilities of the University's Public Health Building. The course is taught using formal lectures; workshops; group work; case studies; practical simulations; industrial/commercial visits; and student centered learning. In 2012, a virtual learning platform will be introduced to allow the students to identify hazards and risks within an industrial environment. It will provide students with a hands-on opportunity for problem-solving and supports building the foundation of competence through the knowledge and skills required by the CIEH .

This programme provides an accredited pathway for science-based graduates to become environmental health practitioners. It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and covers the following modules:

• Environmental Protection and Climate Change
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Food Science and Control
• Chemical and Biological Incident Management
• Health Protection
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Our research attracts extensive funding from many sources, including the:

Department of Transport
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Environment Agency
Department of Health
Food Standards Agency
National Environment Research Council (NERC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Leverhulme Trust
European programmes

The collaborative nature of much of this work, together with the mix of pure, strategic and applied research, often involving interdisciplinary teams spanning physical, biological, chemical, medical and social sciences, provides a dynamic and internationally recognised research environment.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

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 Public and Environmental Health Science MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Zainab Hasan

774.jpg Being a student at the University of Birmingham has been a very enjoyable experience. The lecturers are extremely enthusiastic about what they teach and are experts in their fields, offering students a wide range of knowledge and support. The structure of each module allows students to prepare for their future roles in the world. The interesting classes, dynamic teaching methods, supportive members of staff and class mates have meant this first year was extremely enjoyable and worthwhile.

The Edgbaston Campus is truly remarkable; it has maintained its historic buildings, however completely modernised the interiors. Once you step foot onto the campus it becomes clear that this is student atmosphere. I liked the separation of having a campus to go to school that is quiet and designed for the purpose of education.

Studying overseas has been a valuable experience as it allowed me to experience a new culture that is very different than my own. I would personally recommend living in a different country; the experience is very different than studying in ones native country. Moving away from family and friends has allowed me to become more independent and a stronger person. The most important thing is to sort out living arrangements as soon as possible because that was the main area I struggled with, I left it a little too late and that made it quite challenging to find the right place to live.

For an international student, the University offers a lot of support. They have a specific International Office that organizes trips and events for international students. There are many students here from all over the world that are going through the same challenges and can relate to what you are experiencing.

I am very much interested in continuing to study and therefore after this degree I would like to do a PhD, then hopefully work in the environmental sector. I am extremely interested in the environment - my undergraduate and masters degrees have equipped me with the knowledge to deal with environmental situations.

(Student Profile)

May Lu

775.jpg I enjoy my life in the UK as it gives me opportunities to learn advanced academic knowledge and establish confidence and skills to live by myself in a different country. One of the significant advantages to students learning in the UK is that the UK education system encourages critical thinking.

Leaving home for the first time to live by myself with a group of friends in student accommodation was hard to start with, but an invaluable experience in my life. There has been a lot of support from the University to help overseas students to settle in, which helped me gradually find my way to become part of the society. There has always been a place I can meet and talk to other students from the same country.

I often find the activities organised by the student societies to be interesting and a good opportunities for me to meet friends and develop a social network.

I enjoy the time spent at the campus as the University provides a variety of facilities for students to enjoy their everyday lives, for example, sports centre, a number of libraries, computer centre and coffee shops. Most importantly, all of the facilities are within walking distance. The University intranet acts as a connection portal for student and lecturer, meaning I am able to find the most up-to-date news and events.

Birmingham has a diverse culture and very friendly people. I often travel around Birmingham and to other cities in the UK via the convenient transport network.

My advice to other international students thinking of studying at Birmingham would be 'Go for it!' It is a once in a life time experience to study in a different country. The most important homework you should do before coming to the country is course research as it determines the future of your career.

(Student Profile)

Norsyafina Roslan

776.jpg This is the second time I have lived away from Malaysia, my home country. Firstly, I was in Hong Kong for my Masters degree. Living in Birmingham is absolutely different from my own country and culture but with some similarities to Hong Kong. I really enjoy living in Birmingham despite the strong seasonal weather (I don’t really like the cold and damp winter season, but I really love snow). It is a nice place to live, with a broad variety of people from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Different parts of the city have different ethnic mixes with British, Asian and Chinese bringing diversity to the city and the suburb. I don’t have any difficulties to find appropriate foods, since in Birmingham it is really easy to get Halal food. As a Muslim, there are many mosques in Birmingham where you can go for prayer.

Campus life is great. There is the Guild of Students; a great place to hang out, the Main Library, the Sports Centre, the University Centre, the Learning Centre, the Barber Institute (a small fine-art museum) and of course the grassy area where we can see beautiful flowers during spring and sit under bright sunshine during summer.

I am really happy to be here. Of course there were some initial difficulties I had to deal with such as simple communication problems, the cultural differences, the food, the weather and a few others but after 1 year and 3 months, I am now a seasoned inhabitant of Birmingham!

There are many Malaysian students in this university, so they have helped me to settle in. Besides, the Academic Services are very helpful. I also joined English classes offered by EISU to improve my English. There is also a place for any student to go when you have problem, which is the Guild of Students.

I want to finish my study successfully and also get as much as I can this opportunity working with people which are expert in my field. This is important so that I will be able to use this knowledge to serve my country.

Honestly, I am really proud to be part of this university, which is listed in the top 200 universities in the world.


Entry Requirements

For international students only. A science based honours degree which is at least equivalent to a 2:1 honours degree from a UK university

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