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Occupational Hygiene, MSc/PGDip

Course Description

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 for further information on this distance learning programme.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hs/occhyg

Health and Safety

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.

Dissertation (OH) (40 credits)
Ergonomics & Workplace Psychology (20 credits)

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.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


Students are assessed through assignments.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (http://www.bohs.org/).

Career options

This programme offers enhanced skills for those already working in the field of occupational hygiene.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/644424/Prog-Specs-MSC-PGDip-OSH-and-OH.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Occupational Hygiene, MSc/PGDip page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:A good honours degree in a science or engineering subjectAND be currently working in the general field of occupational health and safetyOR have appropriate professional qualifications with relevant experienceOR other qualifications considered equivalent to the above

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