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Postgraduate courses 2024/25

Occupational Hygiene, MSc

This distance-learning Master’s in Occupational Hygiene covers all aspects of occupational hygiene, emphasising learning, research and essential critical thinking.

Occupational hygiene is concerned with the identification, evaluation and management of chemical, physical and biological agents arising from work. There's currently a huge demand from large multinational companies for trained occupational hygienists.

Our master's course covers all aspects of occupational hygiene, and you will complete a dissertation based on an occupational hygiene topic. You'll be able to apply for funding from the British Occupational Hygiene Society to cover any research costs involved.

Occupational hygienists are employed in a wide range of industries, including the petrochemical industry, manufacturing, mining, aero-industry, service sectors and the health sector. Many hygienists are also actively involved in research in a range of related fields.

This course is accredited by two professional bodies: the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as well as the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

School

Engineering

Duration

  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September; January

Fees information

For fee information related to this course, please see fees section below

What you should know about this course

  • You’ll develop the essential critical thinking skills for professionals in the field
  • To gain an MSc, you will complete a dissertation on an occupational hygiene topic. A Postgraduate Diploma is available if you do not wish to pursue the dissertation
  • You study by distance learning. We provide study guides and electronic sources, and invite you to learning centres in the autumn and the spring to meet tutors and other students
  • This course is accredited by two professional bodies: the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as well as the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our Master's in Occupational Hygiene, which is delivered by distance learning, which enables applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve Graduate IOSH status and gain access to this growing field of employment. The course leader is a Chartered Member of IOSH and he is a Fellow of the HEA.

Entry requirements

If you are

You should have an honours degree 2:2 or above in a science or engineering subject and be currently working in the field of occupational hygiene, or in health and safety and wanting to move into occupational hygiene.

We will also consider appropriate professional qualifications with relevant experience, or other qualifications equivalent to the above.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Further information about entry

  • Applicants are assessed on an individual basis
  • Occasionally a phone call or Skype conversation is required
  • We expect applicants to have an understanding of relevant workplace risks

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Learning experience

The course is available by distance learning, so learning takes place through self-study. We provide study guides and electronic sources via methods including e-mail, telephone and Skype. We'll also invite you to study schools in September and January to meet tutors and other students.

Class sizes

This course is offered by distance learning and the intake can vary.

Independent learning

We encourage you to apply for membership with IOSH and to attend monthly meetings at the branch closest to where you live.

Overall workload

As the course is part-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a part -time job (approx. 18-20 hours per week in total).

The total time commitment works as follows: for every 10 credits, you are expected to study for 100 hours. A 20-credit module represents around 200 study hours.

Assessment

On this course, you are assessed by coursework. Some modules may also include practice assessments, which help you to monitor progress and make continual improvement.

Each year has two formal summative assessments which count towards your final grade. These take place approximately 6 and 12 weeks into term.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home N/A TBC £1,850 per 30 credits
International N/A N/A £2,908 per 30 credits

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Nearly all students on our course do so to improve on their current role (on joining) and as a tool to change careers. Both public and private sectors are in need of highly qualified professional people and so this course brings with it good opportunity.

Do you provide employability services?

The School of Design has an Employability Officer for students to consult about specific opportunities relevant to the course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

The central Employability and Careers Service also provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

All students on Built Environment courses at the School of Design get access to Microsoft Project and RICS BCIS online. Additionally, joining societies such as RICS will help you network and can build skills and present new opportunities. Furthermore, the School of Design provides pastoral support throughout your studies with us. Students have a personal tutor and access to training in study skills, dissertation preparation, methods and ethics and have access to advice on employability and careers.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.