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Environmental Health MSc

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October 2019
EU/INT induction: September 2019
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,100 (UK/EU) *
£13,900 (INT) *
Course leader
Adam Choonara

Environmental health is the branch of public health concerned with how our living, working and leisure environments affect our health. It's a gripping subject to study and a fascinating field to work in. Whether you're helping improve the living conditions of society's poorest, or working with a company to improve health and safety for staff and customers, your work will have a huge, life-changing and often life-saving impact.

Why study MSc Environmental Health at Middlesex University?

Middlesex University is the largest and foremost provider of environmental health education in the UK. This course is highly work-focused, with a strong emphasis on practical laboratory work and real-life case studies and you'll be able to take advantage of our close links within the industry.

The course is centred on UK law and practice, but is designed to be flexible and provide education and training that will be valuable internationally. You will have access to a range of excellent facilities include a microbiology laboratory and pestology materials. You will be able to study specialist modules areas such as food safety, and health and safety which are particularly valued by both local authorities and the private sector.

Many of our teaching staff are chartered environmental health practitioners and under their expert guidance, previous students have done research into a wide variety of areas, including listeria in food, the effects of heavy smoking, skin lightening, water pollution and the attitudes of people living in high-rise buildings towards recycling.

If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can apply to the PGDip where you study only eight modules, omitting the Dissertation, or a PGCert where you study only four modules

Course highlights

  • The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and you'll be eligible to apply for professional membership of the institute. You will also be encouraged to become a student member while you study.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MSc Environmental Health?

This degree will cover the impact of different factors on public health, the spread and control of diseases, health protection measures, and human anatomy, physiology and toxicology. You will also explore inequality and deprivation, housing and health, and law and ethics. You will focus food safety including understand food-borne illnesses, methods of food storage and processing, legal requirements and food safety standards.

What will you gain?

As well as gaining an in-depth understanding of all five key areas of environmental health (food safety, housing, environmental protection, occupational health, and public health), you will also gain the knowledge to identify and assess health and safety risks. You will be competent in implementing measures to safeguard and improve health and safety in a variety of settings.

  • Modules

    • Environmental Health: Management and Law (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To provide skills in legislative literacy to be able to select appropriate legal approaches to manage factors that determine environmental standards so that ill health is prevented and well being in our society is enhanced. To be able to outline the role of different institutions public, private and NGO in framing the law. To evaluate the different management approaches to implementing the law to ensure compliance.

    • Environmental and Health Interventions (Credits) - Compulsory

      To combine the acquired knowledge and skills with real world examples to develop a level of practice skills commensurate with Masters level. To display mastery in the professional practice of environmental health through exploring the application of knowledge and skills in the development of innovative solutions to complex environmental health problems taking account of the social, psychological and physiological context in which they present themselves. To explore available interventions across all areas of environmental health, including food safety, health and safety, housing and environmental protection, to ensure a holistic approach to professional practice. To be able to connect related elements of risk that affect individual wellbeing and to critically analyse the wider public health implications of proposed interventions. To provide range of cognitive skills to acquire professional knowledge that can be used to raise public awareness and modify individual or organisational behaviour in a variety of contexts.

    • Environmental and Public Health (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To interpret and analyse the range of stressors that act on the physical, social and human worlds, the various mechanisms and points of impact and the implications that arise out of these impacts. To be able to review the potential and actual health implications that may arise from these impacts. To reflect on the role of health demographics and indicators of these such as the surveillance of communicable and non communicable diseases.

    • Factors Shaping Health and Safety at Work (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To thoroughly appraise the factors that shape occupational health and safety at work. By evaluating these factors - legal, policy, human and organisational students will be able to determine the legal and theoretical basis to the current approaches to occupational health and how change is caused by external influencing factors.

    • Managing Health and Safety Processes at Work (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To thoroughly appraise and evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of identifying, managing and controlling occupational health and safety risks.

    • Pollution and Disease: Cause, Effects and Control (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to assess, judge and determine the effects of pollution and disease causing agents, the likely or recognised impact on humans and how this impact can be minimised through control strategies and methodologies.

    • Practical Food Inspection (10 Credits) - Compulsory

      In this module students will be expected to: Identify and evaluate a range of food stuffs, state their condition and recognise unfit food. Explore a range of possible food safety interventions and recommend the most satisfactory course of action in order to achieve public health food safety. Evaluate the relevant statutory provisions and appraise the role of the enforcement officer and other relevant factors in determining the most satisfactory course of action to improve food safety.

    • Risk Management: Assessment and Control (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To educate participants in the theoretical and practical dimensions of risk management in the field of environmental health. To determine the scientific and technical basis on which risk can be assessed and learn the process of decision making and factors that affect it. To learn the skills of review that measure the success of these risk based interventions through information gathering and analyses. Ensure that risk decisions encourage positive health outcomes and protect human health in the areas of food safety, occupational safety and housing.

    • Environmental Pollution Control and Law (15 Credits) - Optional

      To educate students in the remediation and reduction of impacts arising from waste, waste water from contaminated sites, contaminated land, air pollution and noise. To inform students so as to enable them to critically review new and existent technologies and practices for monitoring, prevention, treatment and control of potentially hazardous materials. To ensure students are aware of legal remedies to deal with pollution sources.

    • Factors Shaping Food Safety Law and Practice (15 Credits) - Optional

      To thoroughly appraise the factors that determine food safety provision including legal requirements, management responsibilities, systems and control options. Students by evaluating these factors will be able to determine the appropriateness of legal and managerial approaches in light of current best practice and the influence of external factors.

    • Science and Technology in the Management of Food Safety (15 Credits) - Optional

      To thoroughly appraise and evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of identifying, managing and controlling food safety risks.

    • Sources and Effects of Pollution (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide detailed knowledge and insight into the sources and impacts of pollution in the three environmental compartments of water air and land, but with a primary focus on land, noise and air. The characteristics and sources of the major environmental pollutants will be identified and their behaviour examined. The module also aims to familiarise students with the health, ecological and climatic impact of a wide range of pollutants, both independently and synergistically.

    • Research Methodology and Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      To provide students with the organisational and management skills to administer an MSc research project. Management skills are supported by knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, presentation skills and interactive computing skills. These skills will be applied in the completion of a practitioner based research including the developing of original and independent investigations aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to solve a practical problem at a relevant postgraduate level.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MSc Environmental Health be taught?

You will attend practical classes, including laboratory sessions, as well as lectures, workshops, seminars and IT sessions. Lectures will set out principles and topics, provide technical knowledge and identify links between theory and practice, as well as guiding your independent reading and study. Seminars provide an opportunity for discussion, research, practical exercises and examination of case studies, while in workshops you’ll learn how to use equipment and carry out practical inspections, audits and assessments. You will work on group and individual projects, case study analyses – some of which you’ll present to your fellow students - and laboratory experiments, as well as undertaking food examinations and visiting retailers and markets for the food safety modules.


As well as written and oral exams and your research project and dissertation, you will be assessed through practical food examinations, tests, presentations – including group presentations - essays, work portfolios, case study analyses, laboratory reports and other written assignments, including an article for publication. For your dissertation, you'll design, conduct, evaluate and present the results of your own independent research project into an area of your choosing. You will present your findings through a 12,000 word thesis and a presentation to your tutors and fellow students.

You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed coursework.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MSc Environmental Health support your career?

The work of an environmental health practitioner is incredibly wide-ranging, covering anything from dealing with outbreaks of food poisoning or TB, to ensuring the health and welfare of farmed livestock. It is a rewarding, varied, challenging and satisfying career. Traditionally, our graduates have gone on to be public health practitioners with local authorities. This rewarding role gives you the chance to work on different sites and in different settings, and draws not only on your science background but your ability to be a good communicator and listener.

Equally, you might be interested in developing you career into research, consultancy, education or training. There are also a growing number of international opportunities which you might wish to consider.

The variety of roles available means that you will be able to work in a wide range of sectors such as:

  • The Environment Agency
  • Public Health England
  • The Food Standards Agency
  • The Health and Safety Executive
  • NHS

There are also opportunities within local authorities, housing associations, or in sectors ranging from travel to retail or waste management.

Other courses

Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management MSc/PGDip

Start: October 2019, September 2019 (EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGB92A

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