Online course details
Part-time: 3 years
January, September, May
Online course description
If applying for September 2019 intake:
Term starts on 23 September and the application deadline is 8 September.
This online Public and Environmental Health MSc course addresses the need for public and environmental health professionals who are able to understand and evaluate the risks posed by the stressors of public and 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. Through studying this online course you will be able to critically evaluate a full range of sustainable interventions which are available to eliminate or mitigate stressors thereby protecting human health and promoting wellbeing.
As a UK or international student, the course will allow you to study the underpinning subjects of public and environmental health, including food safety, occupational health and environmental protection set in a global context that can be applied as you learn. You will also be able to study a range of optional modules such as Global Environmental Health and Public Health Issues and Environmental Pollution and Management Strategies that will allow you to put your knowledge into practice in international context.
A course aligned to the CIEH requirements
This course follows the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Curriculum 2011 and has specifically designed modules with an international focus.
As well as delivering the core knowledge associated with public and environmental health, the programme is very practical in its approach. We believe that an essential element of gaining competence as a practitioner in public and 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 public and environmental health interventions underpins much of your learning throughout the programme.
A talk from our Academic Lead
Our Academic Lead for Environmental Health, Alan Whitfield, talks about our Public and Environmental Health MSc course in this video.
The MSc Public and Environmental Health programme will take you on a journey that will equip you with a broad understanding of the inter-relationship between environmental hazards, risk assessment and the impact 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 public and environmental health sector. It will give you the ability to undertake primary data collection, and to critically evaluate the likely impacts on public health and wellbeing, with a deep conceptual understanding that enables you to evaluate in a clear, concise way.
You will learn how to critically evaluate new strategies, identify a local community’s public health needs and oversee the implementation of appropriate public and environmental health interventions. The transferable skills gained will prepare you to work with a vast range of organisations, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in the delivery of community based projects, particularly in developing countries in such areas as Africa, the Caribbean or Asia.
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.
You must complete the three core modules. Completion of these three core modules leads to the award of the PG Certificate in Public and Environmental Health, or you can progress to the PG Diploma stage.
You must complete the three core modules at Postgraduate Certificate stage and then complete three further optional modules.
To gain the full MSc, you must complete the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma plus the Independent Scholarly Activity which is a triple module, worth 60 credits.
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) of a UK university, the CNAA or an overseas equivalent
- qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and, where necessary, will need to speak to the Academic Lead via a phone call or Skype
In addition, international students will be expected to demonstrate that they have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or equivalent.
Exceptionally, entrants not qualified under the above may be admitted by the University where they can demonstrate the potential to achieve the aims and outcomes of the curriculum. The candidate will also need to demonstrate that their experiences are equivalent to having achieved the 2.2 Honours degree mentioned above. 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 onto 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 the above, an interview with the candidate may be undertaken, a reference from the employer that details the applicant’s experiences and current role may be requested, and the applicant 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.
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.
An education in public and environmental health allows a wide choice of careers to be opened up to you. It is anticipated that some of you will pursue careers working for government at both the local and national level. This would typically be in the role of a public/environmental health/regulatory compliance officer, as a community based public and environmental health coordinator or potentially in a public health policy role.
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.
Take advantage of our careers department
Our careers department 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, curriculum vitae 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.
Public and Environmental Health MSc progression routes
The MSc Public and 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 NGOs, national and local government organisations, private consultancy companies and charity organisations.
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