Occupational Health (Policy and Practice), M.Sc.

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The MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health, Cardiff University is a distance e-learning course that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning Occupational Health and Safety, problem-solving skills, current and developing practice in the area. It’s aim is to develop a research focus to enhance occupational health practice from a multi-professional perspective.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Apart from the three-day introductory course in Cardiff, the distance learning MSc / Diploma in Occupational Health is delivered entirely on-line and face-to-face contact is not required. Participants are expected to collaborate through the Universitys virtual learning environment, Learning Central (previously known as Blackboard).

The emphasis in the MSc/PG Diploma course is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace environment. Areas and concepts covered include:

  • The prediction, recognition, evaluation and control of biological, physical, mechanical, chemical and psychosocial hazards in the workplace;
  • The application of epidemiology and statistics to occupational health problems;
  • Problem-solving in occupational health and critical appraisal of published evidence;
  • Clinical, toxicological, psychological, ethical and legal perspectives;
  • Placement and fitness for work;
  • Occupational rehabilitation and employment of the disabled;
  • Regulatory aspects of occupational health.

This course covers the majority of the competencies for specialist training as set out by the Facultz of Occupational Medicine. Many of these areas and concepts will have special relevance to a number of participants on the course. However, other professionals will learn the major issues so that their understanding can be enhanced along with their role as part of the team protecting the health resource of their business.

The Course materials are delivered on-line and participants, divided into groups, will work through tasks and case studies through on-line discussion and collaboration. Students assume responsibility for participating actively in the on-line learning process as a member of their team. Course materials will summarise information and therefore, in some respects, replace lectures. Participants are expected to contribute to the learning process according to their own backgrounds and experience in occupational health. They discuss their findings and conclusions as a group and present them to their tutors and peers.

The modular design of the course will allow focus on problem solving skills and development of an evidence based approach to occupational health issues. Course materials will identify essential reading and include self-assessment tasks. Written assignments will be completed from a large choice and will form part of the module assessment. This will be supplemented by participation in an e-conference, which will be problem-based.

Special Features:

  • The course is delivered online with minimum attendance only for the introductory course.
  • The programme contains an emphasis is on practical solutions.
  • The course can be tailored to your own schedule, study style, etc.


Facts and figures

Cardiff University is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities.

We are the 12th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers with a total estimated income for 2013/14 of £460M.

Our student community

We have 26,269 students enrolled, representing over 100 countries.

  • 18,685 undergraduates
  • 7,584 postgraduates
  • 5,090 international students
  • 1,000 students volunteer in the local community each year
  • 170,000 alumni across the globe from more than 180 countries

Student numbers confirmed for 2012/13.

Research and innovation

We have a world-leading research community with a strong and broad research base:

  • our research contract awards have a total value of £500M
  • we have won five Queen's Anniversary Prizes
  • £20M has been invested in Cardiff University/Fusion IP spinouts
  • we are 8th in the UK for interactions with SMEs since 2008*
  • we rank 6th in the UK for estimated turnover (£43M) of all active graduate start-ups since 2008
  • our researchers include two Nobel Prize winners - Professor Sir Martin Evans and Professor Robert Huber.

*Encouraging a British Invention Revolution, Sir Andrew Witty, October 2013.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are sought-after by employers - more so than most other major UK universities.

  • 94% of graduates enter employment or professional training/postgraduate study shortly after graduating
  • 78% obtain graduate level employment, placing the University 16th in the UK for this measure

Based on HESA Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey.

Programme Structure

The MSc programme comprises several phases as set out below:

Taught Stages (Years 1 & 2)
  • Phase I:

Introductory familiarisation course (three days).

  • Phase II:

Delivery of e-modules (over two stages/years, with three modules to be taken in each of two years).

We currently offer the following modules during the taught stages:

  • Occupational Risk Assessment & Control
  • Occupational Health Law & Ethics
  • Occupational Health Statistics Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice
  • Occupational Health Processes & Management
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Occupational Psychological & Psychiatric Health
  • Occupational Health Clinical Practice
  • Chemical Exposures in the Wider Environment.
Dissertation Stage (year 3)
  • Phase III: Choice of dissertation.
  • Phase IV: Completion of dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months

      3 years (e-learning) (part-time) / 3 years (MSc) (part-time) (distance / e-Learning)

    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

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Academic Requirements

In addition to satisfying the Cardiff University English Language Requirements, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants considered will:

Normally possess an initial degree e.g. medicine and nursing.


Have appropriate vocational qualifications in a relevant subject and with an interest in and experience of occupational health services.


Be working in fields with more limited direct involvement with employee health issues such as: trade union officers, human resource managers, scientists etc., subject to the same prior educational standards.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 5625 International
  • GBP 3875 EU/EEA

All fees include non-refundable deposit of £1000.


Cardiff University has committed to invest a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support Home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible full-time master programme in September 2014.

The Scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.

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