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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.

Why study this course

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.

- The course focuses on current key topics including fitness for work, mental health, health screening, musculoskeletal disorders and management of health risk.
- Students with both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds benefit from understanding how workplace data can be collected and integrated to solve occupational health problems
- You have daily interaction with experts in occupational health and visits to workplaces enables you to put concepts into practice. The course will equip you to understand and solve a wide range of occupational health problems.
- The IOEM has a dedicated reference library and access instruments used for health screening and exposure monitoring.
International students

International students

The course has a history of welcoming both home and international students to the IOEM. Since its inception, graduates of the course still maintain links with the Institute. This communication allows us to continually build working relationships at a national and international level. Recent graduates have been from the United Kingdom and countries including: Bahrain, Ghana, Greece, Lebanon, Nigeria, Oman, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Japan.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and 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 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.

Course Fees

MSc: £6,570 FT / £3,285 PT; PGDip: £4,380 FT / £2,190 PT (UK/EU), £18,900 (overseas)

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