Taught course

Occupational Hygiene

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Potential students should hold an honours degree (2:2 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 for initial entry to the Diploma.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is intended to equip graduates with a wide range of inter-disciplinary 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). Specifically, graduates will obtain an appreciation of the 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 module. Emphasis is placed on the development of the students' critical appraisal skills and a capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

Where appropriate, the dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to the student. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:

Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Hygiene
Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene
MSc in Occupational Hygiene
The programme comprises four elements:

A set of course modules in electronic format (PDF), each containing specially commissioned texts and associated supplementary material, together with high quality, innovative online formative exercises and assessments - all delivered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard
Seminars: students are invited to Manchester for an introductory seminar associated with Module 1 at three months and for Module 2 at six months
Tutorials: students are allocated to regional tutorial groups at six months, with the option to join a teleconference group, e.g. if based overseas
A four-day practical course is held at the University in month 6 of year 2. For the third (MSc) year, students participate in a four-day Research Methodology course held at the University. Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Medicine
Note: All taught course units will be assessed via examination held at the university at intervals throughout the programme and the final year via submission of a dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one component TOEFL 625 paper-based with a score of 5 in the test of written English TOEFL 263 computer-based with a score of 5 in the test of written English

Fees and funding

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations70

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44 (0)161 275 5521