Taught course

Occupational Hygiene

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (Lower Second or above), preferably in a science discipline. Extensive professional experience, coupled with evidence of further training or qualifications, will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Further information on computer requirements (PDF, 43KB) for this course can be downloaded.

Months of entry


Course content

Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Hygiene course will equip you with a wide range of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

As a graduate of this course, you will have knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.

In the taught component of the course, the emphasis is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each unit.

Emphasis is placed on the development of your critical appraisal skills and your capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

The dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to you.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 (6.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (22 in each component)

Most English language test results are only valid for two years and must be valid on the start date of the course.

Further information about requirements for your country is available.

Overseas students should note that:

  • Year 1 students are required to attend in Manchester for a one day seminar associated with Module 1 in Month 3, and the same for Module 2 in Month 5 and for one exam day in Month 10;
  • students will be required to participate in two tutorials per course module for Modules 4 to 8, via web conference;
  • in Year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a four day practical course in Month 5 and for one exam day in Month 10;
  • in Year 3, students are required to attend a three day dissertation course held at the University in Month 1;
  • all examinations are held at the University.

A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before a potential overseas student may be accepted to the course.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students either have support from their employers or are self-funded.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 1798