Available for January start
Online course details
Part-time: 3 years
January, September, May
Online course description
This is one of our most established online courses and the only online MSc Environmental Health course accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland. That means it is a crucial first step in becoming a qualified Environmental Health professional.
Environmental Health is a multi-faceted discipline which deals with issues that impact on the health and well being of individuals and society as a whole. This online Environmental Health MSc course addresses the need for Environmental Health professionals who are able to understand and evaluate the risks posed by the stressors - or hazards - of Environmental Health through equipping you with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to take on and enhance your role as a professional in this field of study.
Our tutors have many years of experience in Environmental Health and they understand the pressures of balancing study around work and family commitments.
Through studying this Environmental Health MSc, you will be able to evaluate critically a full range of sustainable interventions which are available to eliminate or mitigate stressors thereby protecting human health and promoting wellbeing. This online learning Environmental Health Master of Science degree will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to enable you to understand and evaluate the risks posed by the full range of Environmental Health stressors, which impact on human health and wellbeing.
You will study a range of modules that will equip you with a broad understanding of the inter-relationship between environmental risks and hazards, professional issues in Environmental Health, health impacts and the impacts on public health and wellbeing. Progression through the programme will aid you to develop critical thinking and analysis skills, culminating in the ability to think strategically across the breadth of the Environmental Health sector. It will give you the ability to undertake primary data collection, and to critically evaluate the likely impacts on health and wellbeing, with a deep conceptual understanding that enables you to evaluate in a clear, concise way.
An accredited degree
To receive CIEH/REHIS accreditation, you will need to attend a one-week residential at our Derby campus in the UK. This is part of the Applied Interventions module and usually takes place in May. Travel, accommodation and subsistence is not included in the cost of the module and will need to be arranged by the student.
You will also need to attend a one-week residential practical food inspection course and examination that is currently provided for the University by Billingsgate Market in London. This is a professional requirement and does not form a part of the MSc but is needed for professional registration and will incur an additional cost of approximately £700 which will be payable prior to attending.
If you are unable to attend these residential elements, you will graduate with an Environmental Health Studies MSc, a non-CIEH/REHIS-accredited award.
Our short video shows you what it is like to attend the one-week residential practical food inspection course.
A course aligned to the CIEH requirements
This course follows the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Curriculum 2011. As well as delivering the core knowledge associated with Environmental Health, the programme is very practical in its approach. We believe that an essential element of gaining competence as a practitioner in Environmental Health is by being exposed to real-life situations both through the work place and through real-life scenarios. The ability to critically evaluate Environmental Health interventions underpins much of your learning throughout the programme.
Flexibility to study when and where you want
This course is extremely flexible so, if you are already working, you can study at a pace to suit you, fitting around your existing work and personal commitments. Course modules still operate within a fixed 10-week trimester but you can choose when and where is most convenient.
Learn online with experienced practitioners
We have over 10 years of experience in delivering this course successfully to Environmental Health Officers and Environmental Health Practitioners, from all over the UK. With industry accreditation from the CIEH and REHIS and our membership of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH), our online MSc Environmental Health is closely aligned with industry needs to ensure your skills and knowledge are up to date to help you get ahead in your career.
By choosing to study with us, you’ll benefit from teaching and guidance by our professional team of experienced practitioners. All course content is relevant and topical, looking at current trends within the Environmental Health industry and covering key subject areas such as public health/applied public health, noise assessment and environmental policy and law.
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.
Our Environmental Health MSc comprises three progressive stages: postgraduate certificate (PG Cert), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) and masters (MSc). You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling to 180 credits to achieve the MSc.
To receive CIEH/REHIS accreditation, you will need to attend the one-week residential on campus in Derby as part of the Applied Interventions PG Dip module. You will also need to attend a one-week residential practical food inspection course for professional registration. If you are unable to attend these residential elements, you will graduate with an Environmental Health Studies MSc, a non-CIEH/REHIS-accredited award.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
Applicants should normally have a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in a pure or applied science (or combination) from a UK university, the CNAA (Council for National Academic Awards) or an overseas equivalent.
However, we will accept qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to a degree. All students applying via this route will be assessed and, where necessary, will need to speak to the Academic Lead via a phone or video call.
English language qualification
International students will be expected to demonstrate that they have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or above or equivalent.
Exceptionally, we may admit you without this qualification where you can demonstrate the potential to achieve the aims and outcomes of the curriculum. You will also need to demonstrate that your experiences are equivalent to having achieved a 2.2 honours degree. All students applying via this route will be assessed and evaluated by the Academic Lead.
When assessing a non-standard entrant’s suitability for entry on to the programme, the Academic Lead will have particular regard to:
- Level of current qualifications
- Experience of working in an Environmental Health setting, the roles undertaken and the level of decision making undertaken
- Ability to write in a clear, coherent and critical manner
- Motivation for undertaking the programme
- Support from employer to undertake programme
To ascertain this, we may ask for an interview with you, a reference from your employer that details your experiences and current role, and you may be asked to undertake a critical written report for consideration.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
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† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
The course fees do not include the costs for the one-week residential practical food inspection course at Billingsgate Market. The fee for this residential is approximately £700. Accommodation, travel and food costs are also supplementary.
The course fees do not include the extra costs for the Applied Interventions module (accommodation, travel and food costs are supplementary).
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Masters funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.
Students should apply directly to the University.
This course will open up various career opportunities for you in the UK and overseas. A popular career choice is to work as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) in local government but there are opportunities in the private sector where health protection is paramount, such as international food retailers and the hospitality and leisure industry. There are also opportunities to work in public health and in the Health Protection Agency.
Becoming an EHP
To qualify as an Environmental Health Practitioner, you'll need:
- An accredited degree – this MSc course counts
- To pass the practical food exam included in this course
- An experiential learning portfolio in addition to our Environmental Health in Practice requirements that will need to be submitted to the CIEH as part of your application to become registered
- To pass the CIEH professional exams and professional interview
Career alternatives to being an EHP
We are seeing a number of our graduates gaining employment within the private sector such as in the food industry and environmental consultancies. We have an established record of training students who are already members of, or potentially recruited into the Armed Forces (Army Medical Corp). However, the degree may also allow graduates to obtain positions in other career choices such as emergency planning, environmental conservation, scientific writing and risk management. There are also opportunities to work with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the delivery of community-based projects, particularly in developing countries.
Registration with CIEH
Registration with CIEH requires you to undertake a range of professional assessments. Our MSc Environmental Health has been designed and accredited to meet three of the five professional requirements needed for registration purposes. Our professionally qualified academic team will be able to advise and guide you with regard to the other two aspects. Completion of the CIEH assessments will enable you to become a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner.
Registration with REHIS
Our MSc Environmental Health online degree meets the academic requirements needed to qualify as an Environmental Health Officer in Scotland and to become registered with REHIS. Upon completion of the MSc Environmental Health, you will need to undertake the REHIS professional examinations. We advise you to contact REHIS once you’ve begun the MSc Environmental Health for more information on the professional examinations and any additional requirements.
Benefits of becoming a CIEH member
We actively encourage you to become student members of the respective professional bodies when you commence your studies. As a student on the MSc Environmental Health programme, you are eligible for membership of the CIEH and details can be found on the CIEH website. Membership will allow you to network and to explore career options. Benefits include: free subscription to Environmental Health News magazine; resources and forums via member-only area (MyCIEH); exclusive member-only events; networking opportunities; technical toolkits; briefings; and email bulletins.
As an international member of the CIEH, you will be part of a globally respected public health organisation and have access to an international network of like-minded professionals. As an international member, you will be open to a new network of channels as well as research and cultural exchange opportunities.
Take advantage of our careers guidance
Our Careers and Employment Service offers advice, support and guidance with a more focused approach to career and continuing professional development to all students. The careers staff will engage with you in online sessions upon request in preparation for job selection, person specification, job roles, CV preparation and techniques for interview.
Many of you will already have clear ideas regarding the direction of your career. The academic team are experts in their field of study and are able to provide professional guidance and direction to help you progress this and with their support you are encouraged to pursue professional recognition upon completion of the programme.
The MSc Environmental Health programme allows progression in terms of further qualifications and employment. The masters is a good basis for further study in the form of a PhD. It is a good basis for employment in the fields of public and environmental health both in the UK and around the world. Together with relevant experience, the masters allows for further progression to membership of the CIEH.
From a wider perspective, the programmes provide a suitable qualification for those working in allied areas to progress and broaden the skills they offer. For example, with the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), national and local government organisations, private consultancy companies and charity organisations.
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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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