Taught course

Environmental Health

Northumbria University · Geography and Environment

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 in a pure or applied science discipline but candidates with a strong past academic performance in a non-science discipline will be considered following interview. Plus one of the following: International/English Language Requirements: International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below. A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5 Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51 The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether we like it or not each day our health is affected by the environment around us and by our lifestyles. Understanding this interaction and the potential for mitigation and control is a critical ingredient for promoting good public health and the fundamental role of Environmental Health graduates. Environmental Health Practitioners act as advisors, educators, consultants, managers and regulators to ensure people can live, work and play in safe, healthy environments.

Environmental health is the study of how the environment and our lives impact on human health. It is about understanding how stressors (i.e. chemical, biological, physical, psychological and psycho-social) around us affect how our bodies function. For example, how do we respond to air pollution (a chemical stressor) and reduce the risk from the exposure to airborne chemicals to those with pre-existing respiratory disease; or how do we control Escherichia coli O157 and so prevent deaths amongst the population who were only eating their dinner? Understanding risk and how to mitigate impacts is critically important.

Northumbrias MSc in Environmental Health builds on the success of its undergraduate degree in environmental health. It offers professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) – this degree provides the academic requirement to gain recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner which itself opens career pathways into the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and abroad.

Typical careers include Environmental Health Officer in local government, Risk Managers, Health and Safety Managers, NHS, central government agencies such as the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency. Opportunities are increasingly available within the private sector, for example with large retailers and holiday companies.

Our professionally accredited programme delivers graduates the academic qualification needed for entry into the profession and will meet the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health for recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner. Focusing upon the five core areas of Food Safety, Housing, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, and Public Health the course provides students with the knowledge needed across the main aspects of environmental health provision. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop postgraduate research skills and enquiry and develop critical understanding of Environmental Health

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

0191 227 4453