M.Sc. Occupational Medicine

The University of Manchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,748 / Year (EEA)
  • € 7,611 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The programme is delivered via blended learning and 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, 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)
* Advanced Certificate in Occupational Medicine
* Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine
* MSc in Occupational Medicine

The programme comprises four elements:

* A set of course units: each contains specially commissioned texts and associated supplementary material and, in the case of some course units, online resources delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Course units are supplemented by high quality, innovative online formative exercises and assessments via Blackboard
* Seminars: students are invited to Manchester for an introductory seminar associated with Module 1 at three months and one for Module 2 at six months
* Tutorials: students are allocated to tutorial groups for modules 4 to 8, which may be undertaken face-to-face, by teleconference group or via Blackboard
* A three- to four-day practical course is held at the University in month 6 of year 2. For the third (MSc) year, students participate in a Research Methodology course held at the University. Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Hygiene

Note: All taught course units will be assessed via examination held at the university at intervals throughout the programme and the final year via submission of a dissertation.


Module details

The eight course modules are:

* Foundation for Postgraduate Practice
* Fitness for Work
* Health and Workability
* Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour
* Understanding Physical Agents
* Management of Occupationally Related Diseases
* Research Methods and Data Analysis
* Management of Workplace Hazards

Course aims The programme aims to:

* Provide information required by medical practitioners working in the field of occupational medicine, and to allow them to pursue an academic qualification in this subject
* Allow students to access a range of specialist knowledge and resources within the discipline of occupational health
* Attract students who will benefit from distance learning methodology, which allows them to apply the knowledge gained during their day-to-day work
* Consider the evidence on which occupational health practice is based
* Attract students who will benefit from studying in a research-enriched environment and (especially for students progressing to the MSc) offer the opportunity to undertake research-based activities relevant to occupational health

The Certificate aims to allow the holder to achieve a level of knowledge/competence appropriate to a generalist working in occupational health.

The Advanced Diploma aims to allow the holder to achieve a level of knowledge/competence exceeding that of a generalist working in occupational health, and provides a basis for the theoretical knowledge that is required by physicians undertaking specialist training in occupational medicine.

The MSc aims to give training and experience in formulating a research question, designing and executing an appropriate study, and drawing valid conclusions through writing a dissertation for the MSc.


Full entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview: Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary, although to sit the AFOM examination some relevant clinical experience is required.

English language: Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in any one component, or TOEFL 625 paper based or 263 computer based with a score of 5 in the written English test.

Other international entry requirements:

Overseas students should note that:

* Students will be required to attend two seminar days in year one (one at 3 months and one at 6 months) and a three or four-day residential course in year two
* Students will be required to attend in person or participate via teleconference or Blackboard, approximately two tutorials per course unit for units 4 to 8
* All examinations are in the UK

A written undertaking that these conditions can be met is required before a potential overseas student may be accepted on the programme.

Other entry requirements:

Computer requirements

Students are advised that they should have ready access to a personal computer with the following minimum specifications: Windows 98/NT/ME/2000/XP; At least 64MB RAM and 350MHz processor speed (otherwise pages could be slow to load); Soundcard and speakers/headphones; 24 x CD ROM drive; Screen resolution should be at least 800x600 and set to a colour depth of at least High Colour (16 bit); 56kbs or greater Internet connection; For internet access, your computer will need either Internet Explorer v 6.0 or Netscape v 6.0; To run some of the interactive exercises, you will also need either Quicktime Player or Windows Media Player.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: 60 (Grade C)

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