M.Sc. Occupational Medicine (online)

The University of Manchester
The programme is delivered by distance learning and is designed for all doctors working in occupational medicine who intend to prepare for the Associateship examination of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.



The programme is designed for all doctors working in occupational medicine, particularly those in specialist training posts who intend to prepare for their professional examinations with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

It also gives those who wish to pursue an additional academic qualification the chance to obtain an MSc in Occupational Medicine, awarded by the university. The programme adheres closely to the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland); however it also aims to furnish an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

The third year of the MSc aims to impart a sound understanding of the theory, practice and methods required to carry out a valid piece of scientific research. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:

  • CPD Diploma (PG Credit)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine
  • MSc in Occupational Medicine

The programme comprises:

  • A blend of specially commissioned written materials in electronic format (PDF), together with interactive teaching material - all delivered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard
  • In year 1 students are required to attend in Manchester for a 1-day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3 and the same for Module 2 in month 5 for September starters and in month 6 for April starters and for one exam day in month 10
  • Students are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational medicine. Tutorials are delivered via teleconference
  • In year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a 4-day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10
  • In year 3, students are required to attend a 3-day Research Methods course held at the University in month 1.
  • Students undertaking the CPD Diploma will follow the first 6 months of year 1; that is Modules 1-2 and the portfolio aspect of Module 3.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 7350 Year (International)
  • GBP 3570 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance Regular mandatory meetings
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Course unit details


Module 1: Foundation for Postgraduate Practice

  • Occupational Health in Perspective
  • Introduction to Occupational Health Law
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Ethical Considerations in Practice
  • Introduction to Toxicology
  • Introduction to Occupational Hygiene
  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Introduction to Temperature and Work
  • Introduction to Noise and Vibration
  • Introduction to Hazardous Substances

Module 2: Fitness for Work

  • Recognising Occupational Disease
  • Introduction to Occupational Dermatology
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Introduction to the Respiratory System
  • Introduction to Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Ill Health and Stress at Work
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment, Surveillance and Screening
  • Sickness Absence
  • Disability Assessment

Module 3: Health and Workability

  • Workplace and Clinical Assessment Skills: the Portfolio
  • Advanced Occupational Health Law
  • Health Promotion
  • Ageing and Employment
  • Ergonomics
  • Shift Work and Circadian Rhythms
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work
  • Choosing a Research Topic and Literature Review
  • Developing the Research Question
  • Common Mental Health Problems and the Workplace

Module 4: Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour

  • Management
  • Professional Behaviour/Leadership and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Clinical Governance
  • Quality and Audit
  • Standard Setting
  • Business Needs in the Provision of an Occupational Health Service


Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents

  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Radiation
  • Compressed Air Work and Commercial Diving
  • Temperature and Work
  • Light and Vision

Module 6: Management of Occupationally Related Disease

  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiology & Statistics
  • Life Long Learning/Teaching and Appraisal
  • Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Social Research Methods
  • Information Technology

Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards

  • Industry and Environment
  • Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevention of Accidents
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Occupational Health in a Global Market

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Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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