University of Greenwich
School of Architecture, Design and Construction
Distance learning

MSc Occupational Hygiene

The university’s distance learning unit (DLU) has offered this programme since the 1990s and it is delivered at centres in the UK, Hong Kong and Trinidad with students from many countries successfully participating.

In response to the demands of industry and professionals, our MSc programmes were reviewed in 2007 and the MSc Safety, Health and Environment programme was developed to replace the original MSc Occupational Safety and Health.

The MSc portfolio now comprises of the MSc Safety, Health and Environment and the MSc Occupational Hygiene.

Our MSc programmes are designed to challenge students both professionally and intellectually in preparation for a career in developing health, safety and hygiene strategies and managing their implementation.

MSc Occupational Hygiene is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Candidates for our MSc programmes are eligible to apply for a British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) bursary to cover their fees. For further details on how to apply see the BOHS website.

Programme structure


Year 1

  • Critical Thinking (10 credits)
  • Environmental Impact and Management (20 credits)
  • The Chemical Environment (20 credits)
  • Management of Physical Agents (20 credits)
  • Safety and Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)

Year 2

  • The Reflective Safety Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Ergonomics and Workplace Psychology (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Students registered on the MSc Occupational Hygiene programme must complete the dissertation in an appropriate, related topic.

Applicants without suitable health and safety qualifications, for example the NEBOSH Certificate, will be required to register and successfully complete the separate Introduction to Occupational Safety Practice programme prior to commencing the MSc programme.

The Introduction to Occupational Safety Practice is offered each term.


With the exception of the Dissertation, all courses are assessed by written assignments.

There are no examinations for this programme. The Dissertation is assessed entirely on the final submitted document.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be working in a relevant professional field. Interviews may be held locally to determine a candidate's potential to benefit from this programme.

Candidates seeking admission must normally possess the following qualifications (or equivalent):

Proficiency in English such a score of 550 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent; applicants, who do not satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirement, may be required to attend an interview or take an English enhancement course.


An honours degree or equivalent in which one of the physical sciences formed a major field of study.


An appropriate professional qualification with at least five years’ relevant professional experience.


Holders of other qualifications will be considered if the combination of their formal academic qualifications and relevant experience is considered equivalent to the requirements in 2 and 2a above.


Fees information can be found on the student finance pages of the university website.

Programme leader

Rachel Tomson photoRachel Tomson delivers the post-graduate occupational safety and health programmes in the UK and overseas. Her main teaching areas are occupational safety practice and noise in the workplace. His current research interest is the application of artificial intelligence to buildings maintenance.

If you want further information on this programme, Rachel Tomson, the programme leader.

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School of Architecture and Construction
The University of Greenwich
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