Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£1,010 (2022/23)

International fee

£1,010 (2022/23)/EU

Course level



Certificate of Credit

Start date




Online course description

This module will begin with a holistic view of ergonomics and human factors. You will learn about the fundamental areas of ergonomics and human factors such as safety, comfort, performance, health, and wellbeing. The module introduces design and the design process, user needs, usability and UX (user experience), and encourages you to consider the needs and desires of different user groups.

This module covers a range of methods used as part of the design process to gather data about how people interact with products, their work, workplace, leisure, and day-to-day activities.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

Delivery from experienced academics

We’ve over 10 years' experience in the delivery of online courses which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our specialist ergonomics academic team will guide you through the module, providing regular contact and feedback to ensure you stay on track. You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience and our online learning advisors are on hand to provide non-academic support throughout your studies.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

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.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar: November 2021

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 15.00 - 16.00

During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning.

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How you will learn

The module is delivered 100% online over 10 weeks using a range of interactive learning materials and some live classroom sessions. Provision is made for discussion and interaction with tutors and fellow students through live virtual classroom sessions and online discussion forums. You will study alongside students who are on the Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc, giving you a wider perspective of the subject.

Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you’ve completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc as this would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

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Dr Victoria Filingeri
Programme leader

Academic Lead in Ergonomics, Dr Victoria Filingeri, completed her BSc Psychology with Ergonomics, MSc Health Psychology, PhD and postdoctoral research at Loughborough University, looking into crowd behaviour, rail safety (funded by the Rail Safety and Standards Board), teenagers trespassing (funded by Network Rail), and the ageing population.

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Entry requirements

We will also consider applications which demonstrate evidence of relevant key practical experience and work-based training. We will need to consider all the information that you include in your application.

We want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from studying this level 7 module through online learning. Exceptionally, we may admit you without these qualifications 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 programme leader.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 1 £1,010

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


The Fundamentals of Ergonomics and Human Factors module focuses on you obtaining 20 credits at level 7 for your CPD, with the opportunity to do our CIEHF accredited Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc.

The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors is an excellent resource for employment opportunities and for information about gaining experience in ergonomics.

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