Taught course

Occupational Medicine

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

The programme is delivered via blended learning and is designed for all doctors working in occupational medicine, particularly those in specialist training posts who intend to prepare for their professional examinations with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

It also gives those who wish to pursue an additional academic qualification the chance to obtain an MSc in Occupational Medicine, awarded by the university. The programme adheres closely to the syllabus requirements of the FOM, however it also aims to furnish an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

The third year of the MSc aims to impart a sound understanding of the theory, practice and methods required to carry out a valid piece of scientific research. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:

  • CPD Diploma (PG Credit)
  • Advanced Certificate in Occupational Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine
  • MSc in Occupational Medicine

The programme comprises four elements:

  • A set of course units: each contains specially commissioned texts and associated supplementary material and, in the case of some course units, online resources delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Course units are supplemented by high quality, innovative online formative exercises and assessments via Blackboard
  • Seminars: students are invited to Manchester for an introductory seminar associated with Module 1 at three months and one for Module 2 at six months
  • Tutorials: students are allocated to tutorial groups for modules 4 to 8, which may be undertaken face-to-face, by teleconference group or via Blackboard
  • A three- to four-day practical course is held at the University in month 6 of year 2. For the third (MSc) year, students participate in a Research Methodology course held at the University. Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Hygiene

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

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in any one component, or TOEFL 625 paper-based or 263 computer-based with a score of 5 in the test of written English.

Fees and funding

Employer or self funded.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
6 months


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

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44 (0) 161 275 5521