Occupational Medicine MSc

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Our comprehensive master's in occupational health is your gateway to becoming a skilled practitioner in safeguarding workplace health and well-being. In today's ever-evolving work landscape, the demand for adept occupational medicine professionals is soaring.

With our professional master's in occupational health you'll gain advanced knowledge and practical skills to address the diverse health challenges faced by industries worldwide. From identifying and mitigating occupational hazards to developing tailored health promotion initiatives, you'll be equipped to create safer, healthier work environments that benefit both employees and organisations.

MSc Occupational Medicine

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Exit Points
24 Months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
Total Fees
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On top of being excellent value for money, this part-time MSc occupational medicine is specially developed for busy health professionals and is practical and clinically focused. In addition, the shorter completion time means you're potentially earning a postgraduate-level salary sooner.

The successful completion of this flexible master's in occupational medicine will ensure you are:

  • Well-versed in both theoretical knowledge and practical applications to meet the demands of modern workplaces.
  • Learn from leading experts in the field, including experienced practitioners and academicians, who bring real-world insights and cutting-edge research into the classroom.
  • Our programme offers the convenience of entirely online coursework, enabling you to learn at your own pace and fit your studies around your existing professional commitments.
  • Gain access to an international network of professionals and opportunities for collaborative learning and research across global boundaries, enhancing your career prospects and professional growth.
  • Our graduates are equipped to take on roles such as occupational health practitioner, advisor, health and safety consultant, and manager. With the critical skills acquired through our modules, you can lead advancements in workplace health, contribute to policy development, and ensure the well-being of workforces on an international scale.

Join us to make a significant impact in the field of occupational medicine. Equip yourself with the expertise to improve workplace environments and enhance employee health, driving success for organisations worldwide. Enrol now in our master's in occupational medicine online and start your journey towards becoming a leader in enhancing workplace well-being.


Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
100% Online
Exit Points
24 Months
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study an Occupational Medicine Master's with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.


100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.


Expert Led

All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.

Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.


Career Boosting

Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

Our master's in occupational health is designed for a diverse group of medical and health professionals who are keen to specialise in occupational health. It is ideal for:

Healthcare Professionals: General practitioners, nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and rehabilitation specialists looking to enhance their expertise in workplace health.

Occupational Health and Safety Experts: Safety officers and health and safety managers who aim to deepen their knowledge of occupational health practices and strategies.

Public Health Professionals: Individuals in public health seeking to focus on the impact of work environments on health.

Researchers and Academics: Academics and researchers interested in exploring and contributing to the field of occupational health and safety.

This programme offers the skills and insights needed to advance your career in occupational medicine, equipping you with the tools to make a significant impact on workplace health and safety.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


The master's in occupational medicine is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma. The second year of master's in occupational medicine starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

This module aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of occupational medicine, encompassing its principles, services, and practical applications, including fitness assessment, hazard identification, risk management, and epidemiological interpretation, enabling effective promotion and preservation of employee health and well-being in the workplace.

Indicative content:

  • Definition of occupational medicine (scope) and occupational health (OH) services
  • Introduction to ethics and the law, multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Assessment of fitness to work, sickness absence, rehabilitation, redeployment, resettlement and ill health retirement
  • Introduction to hazards and PPE
  • Introduction to risk assessment and control measures
  • Introduction to epidemiology

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the core concepts related to occupational medicine, including occupational health services, risk assessments, hazards, ethical considerations and legal frameworks.
  2. Critically evaluate current research and guidelines relating to occupational medicine and the application in a range of settings.
  3. Systematically organise and communicate advanced occupational health and safety related information, using criteria developed for a variety of audiences and within a multidisciplinary team approach.

The module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse range of hazards encountered in the workplace and environment, spanning physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial factors, and their potential impact on various body systems, including respiratory, dermatological, infectious disease, mental health, and musculoskeletal conditions, while considering individual variations in fitness assessment influenced by age, environmental conditions, and specific job roles.

Indicative content:

  • Physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, psychosocial hazards
  • Respiratory and skin disorders
  • Infectious diseases/zoonoses
  • Mental health and other systems
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders and ergonomics
  • Fitness for specific roles/individuals

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of occupational hazards, their multifaceted impacts on various health systems, and the intricate assessment of fitness for work in diverse conditions.
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise complex information from diverse sources, demonstrating advanced problem-solving abilities in assessing and managing occupational hazards, individual health impacts, and fitness for specific roles.
  3. Apply advanced occupational medicine principles to assess and mitigate workplace hazards, formulating tailored strategies for health promotion and risk prevention, and effectively communicating with a variety of stakeholders.

The module aims to equip students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in occupational risk management, including risk assessment, control measures, health surveillance, reporting requirements, relevant regulatory frameworks, toxicology principles, occupational hygiene, and practical skills in walk-through surveys, enabling effective occupational health management and compliance.

Indicative content:

  • Principles of health and safety risk management
  • Health surveillance and biological monitoring. Health screening and medical examination
  • Report writing including portfolio production
  • Reporting schemes and health and safety executive (HSE) Appointed Doctor system
  • Introduction to Toxicology and hygiene monitoring
  • Conducting a walk-through survey

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning health and safety risk management, including the ability to critically analyse and apply these principles in diverse occupational contexts.
  2. Systematically evaluate and synthesise the latest evidence-based research and guidance related to health surveillance, biological monitoring, and toxicology, to make informed decisions and recommendations that consider individual patient needs and preferences.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to design comprehensive occupational health reports and portfolios, showcasing advanced communication and collaboration skills to effectively engage with employers and employees.

The module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of various occupational monitoring measures and their applications, including the assessment and exposure to organic and inorganic chemicals in different occupations, the potential health effects of dust and fibres, the distinctions between ionising and non-ionising radiation, and the analysis of vibration, noise, and light measurements, enabling effective monitoring and management of occupational hazards.

Indicative content:

  • Occupational Hygiene sampling methods
  • Organic and inorganic chemicals
  • Dust and fibres
  • Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) and occupational exposure limits (OELs)
  • Ionising and non-ionising radiation
  • Vibration, noise and light

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of occupational hygiene sampling methods, including their principles, limitations, and practical applications.
  2. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to address practical challenges in the implementation of sampling methods, hazard assessments, and control measures in various workplace settings.
  3. Utilise advanced research skills to stay abreast of emerging issues and contribute to best practices related to occupational toxicology and hygiene.

This module aims to equip students with a in-depth knowledge of health promotion strategies and programmes in the occupational setting, including policy development with a focus on mental health, the role of assistive technology, research methods and data analysis, critical appraisal skills, and the importance of audit, quality assurance, and accreditation processes such as SEQOHS, enabling the effective implementation and continuous improvement of occupational health and well-being initiatives.

Indicative content:

  • Health Promotion - strategies and examples
  • Mental health and the workplace; developing a mental health policy
  • Assistive Technology
  • Fitness for work in specific careers
  • Research methods and data analysis; critical appraisal
  • Quality Assurance, audit, SEQOHS (safe, effective, quality occupational health service)

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fitness requirements specific to various careers, considering the impact on employee wellbeing and performance.
  2. Critically assess and integrate diverse health promotion strategies, selecting and adapting them based on the unique needs and characteristics of different workplaces.
  3. Utilise advanced research skills to design and conduct studies that contribute to the evidence base for effective workplace wellbeing practices.

The module aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the ethical and legal dimensions of occupational medicine, encompassing health and safety, environmental, and employment regulations, while concurrently developing proficiency in the effective management of an Occupational Health service, including occupational health records and business aspects such as VAT, thereby ensuring comprehensive adherence to professional standards and regulatory compliance.

Indicative content:

  • Ethics
  • Health & Safety Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Management of occupational health service and occupational health records
  • Business needs - VAT

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Critically appraise and interpret current and intricate health and safety laws, demonstrating the ability to apply legal knowledge to real-world scenarios within a variety of settings.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to formulate and justify strategic decisions in managing occupational health services and maintaining accurate records, integrating legal and ethical considerations.
  3. Exhibit effective leadership skills in the implementation of occupational health practices, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and ethical standards.

Year 2

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal-

  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier curves, forest plots and meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk and number needed to treat. Statistical tests and their applications including t-tests, ANOVA and chi-square.
  • Qualitative research methods.
  • Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement/assurance systems.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both healthcare practitioner and patient.

Professional Project-
This module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

Learning outcomes:

  • Select and apply different methodological perspectives and tools to answer research questions in the field.
  • Critically analyse and interpret relevant research in the subject area.
  • Design and undertake a research/development project.
  • Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

The Occupational Medicine MSc course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.

Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice ‘single best answer’ questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module. The online examination is marked automatically. The examination tests Anti-Ageing Medicine related theory and problem-solving skills.

Year 2

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consist of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our master's in occupational health is conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered for the masters in occupational medicine online on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS (with an overall score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st November 2024£750
1st January 2025£750
1st March 2025£750
1st May 2025£750
1st July 2025£750
1st September 2025£650
1st November 2025£650
1st January 2026£650
1st March 2026£650
1st May 2026£650
1st July 2026£650

† Deposits are non-refundable
†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.


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A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.*

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