M.Sc. in Environmental Health, England

University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL), University of Derby

Study in:England
Deadline: 12 May 2019


Environmental Health is a multi-facetted discipline which deals with issues that impact on the health and well being of individuals and society as a whole. This online Environmental Health MSc course at University of Derby addresses the need for environmental health professionals who are able to understand and evaluate the risks posed by the stressors of the environmental health, through equipping you with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to take on and enhance your role as a professional in this field of study.


This course will open up various career opportunities for you in the UK and overseas. A popular career choice is to work as an Environmental Health Practitioner in local government but there are opportunities in the private sector where health protection is paramount, such as international food retailers and the hospitality and leisure industry. There are also opportunities to work in Public Health and in the Health Protection Agency.

To qualify as an Environmental Health Practitioner, you’ll need:

  • an accredited degree – this MSc course counts.
  • to pass the practical food exam included in this course.
  • an experiential learning portfolio (this is in addition to our Environmental Health in Practice requirements and it will need to be submitted to the CIEH as part of your application to become registered)
  • to pass the CIEH professional exams and professional interview.

Career alternatives to becoming an EHP

We are seeing a number of our graduates gaining employment within the private sector such as in the food industry and environmental consultancies. We have an established record of training students who are already members of, or potentially recruited into the armed forces (Army Medical Corp). However, the degree may also allow graduates to obtain positions in other career choices such as emergency planning, environmental conservation, scientific writing and risk management. There are also opportunities to work with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the delivery of community based projects, particularly in developing countries.

Program Structure


  • Applied Interventions
  • Hazard and Risk Management
  • Independent Scholarly Activity
  • Natural and Residential Environments
  • Professional Issues in Environmental Health
  • Public Health and Wellbeing
  • The Health Impacts of Workplace and Food

Academic Requirements

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A minimum of a lower second class (2:2) Honours degree in a pure or applied science (or combination) of a UK university, the CNAA or an overseas equivalent.


  • Qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and where necessary will to speak to the Academic Lead via a phone call or Skype.

Detailed Program Facts

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