Research course

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

University of Birmingham · Division of Primary Care, Public and Occupational Health
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

For Masters study: 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject. For PhD study: 1st (Hons) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) is a World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre in Occupational Health and has links with scientists in many countries, including Norway, Finland, United States, Taiwan, China, Chile and Brazil.

The IOEM conducts research and teaching programmes in occupational and environmental medicine, including occupational epidemiology, ergonomics, toxicology, hygiene, and other related disciplines. The main focus of activity is related to the assessment and management of risks arising from work activities.

We have a history of welcoming both home and international students and many alumni maintain contact with the Institute, allowing us to continually build working relationships at a national and international level. Research is divided into two overlapping and complementary areas:

  • Environment-oriented areas, which follow the tradition of preventive medicine with a focus on causal determinants
  • Outcome-oriented areas, which are based on clinical medicine and epidemiology
  • Doctoral and masters students are encouraged to seek the support and advice of senior staff for their studies and research career.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at:

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Department specialisms

Occupational Epidemiology; Occupational Health Psychology; Occupational Toxicology and Carcinogenesis; Occupational Hygiene; Occupational Medicine.

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

For more information on funding opportunities please visit: may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas scholarships, commonwealth scholarships or their own government.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry eervice
0121 414 5005