Postgrad.Cert. Applied Ergonomics

University of East London | London, United Kingdom
The programme examines Ergonomic principles within the context of the prevention and management of work related musculoskeletal disorders. It aims to equip the student with the core skills and competencies to ensure a working knowledge of ergonomics.

Description of Applied Ergonomics


The programme examines Ergonomic principles within the context of the prevention and management of work related musculoskeletal disorders. It aims to equip the student with the core skills and competencies to ensure a working knowledge of ergonomics. At the same time, ensuring practice is underpinned by a strong understanding of theoretical of practical issues, including compliance with relevant legislation.

The programme is designed to enhance students current clinical practice in the management of work related musculoskeletal disorders by ensuring all facets of these disorders are assessed and managed effectively. It is anticipated students will come from a variety of sources such as private practice, commercial business and occupational settings, which will bring diversity and innovative approaches to the management of what can be very difficult to manage disorders.

Topics covered include:-

  1. Ergonomics General principles, such as anthropometry, biomechanics and physiology; user centred design, human variability, human computer interaction
  2. Work related musculoskeletal disorders Epidemiology, evidence base and nature of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, psychology of work, health promotion in occupational health.
  3. Task Analysis Workplace assessments for manual handling and display screen equipment, report writing, training/presentation skills


The programme is interdisciplinary and students work together exploring the contribution each discipline makes to patient care. Through this approach students will develop a better understanding of other disciplines and develop approaches to working together to provide a patient led service.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 5 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

The programme forms part of our Post Graduate Framework for Health Professionals which offers a wide range of accredited short courses and modules focused around patient centred care and evidence based practice.

Full time Students complete the programme in 6 months.

Part time students may take one to three years undertaking modules at a pace to suit their busy lives.

Students are required to complete two core modules:-

  • Clinical Ergonomics and Occupational Health
  • Applied Ergonomics in the Workplace

Learning environment

The modules are studied through a variety of activities including keynote lectures, Seminar, tutorials, practical sessions, workshops, laboratory sessions, web-based learning. Self direction is encouraged from the beginning and develops throughout the modules.

The modules use:-

  • Presentations, which encourage students to communicate their novel ideas, make interpretations and develop critical awareness with their peers from across the disciplines
  • Case studies which encourage the students to review and evaluate their own practice;
  • Practical and laboratory sessions which develop new skills for management and evaluation of practice.


This Masters level programme has been developed in accordance with underlying principles currently held at the forefront of the professional and academic disciplines. Students are asked to show originality in the application of knowledge and understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through practice.

Assessment includes:

  • Case Study retrospective, representing a growth in knowledge and experience of the student during the taught part of the course
  • Written assignments critically evaluating the current rationale and evidence base for the management of work related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Practical assignment demonstrating ergonomic methods of assessment written up and supplemented with discussion

Typical duration

Full-time mode PGC: 5 months (Sept - Jan or Feb - June)

Participants wishing to study full-time begin studying in September or February (as offered). International students are advised to attend the Preparation of Higher Education programme offered by the University. The full-time participant will complete the 2 modules

Part-time mode MSc: One to Three Years

Participants wishing to study part-time may begin studying in either September or February. The modules are distinct entities in themselves and student will register for each module individually. Both modules must be completed within three Calendar years.

It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Applied Ergonomics

Students will all have:-

  • a first degree in a health related discipline classified as second class or above
  • professional registration with the relevant regulatory body from their home country and/ or
  • current membership of their relevant Professional Body
  • relevant work experience is desirable but the applicants overall profile will be considered during the admissions process

We anticipate that the programme and modules offered may be of interest to a range of health disciplines including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Nurses, and Medics.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Students who apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

Work Experience for Applied Ergonomics

No work experience is required.

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