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Environmental and Public Health


School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Environment Work, Health and Organisations

Start Dates(s): September; January


September Start
MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
January Start
MSc (16 months full-time or up to three years part-time)


UK - £7,380

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
  • Gain the knowledge required for the UK Voluntary Register of Public Health Specialists
  • Vocational course with applied learning and input from visiting practitioners
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and public health, enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in modern Environmental and Public Health Practice.

In particular the successful completion of the course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course also develops your critical and analytical powers in relation to Environmental Public Health.

The knowledge-base developed through study can assist you to demonstrate the knowledge required for application for entry on the United Kingdom Voluntary Register of Public Health Specialists.

Course Details

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental and public intervention.

Modules address existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.

A feature of the course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.

This course comprises four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation. Within the full-time course, three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options.

For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module.

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, which, for the MSc, comprises three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively:

  • Semester 1 - September to February
  • Semester 2 - February to June
  • Semester 3 - June to September

Full-time study option:

Semester 1

This module aims to enable you to critically appraise factors that influence the perception of, and response to, a range of risks to the environment, safety, public health and well-being and their significance in risk communication and trust.  This module also assists students in the evaluation of approaches in risk management processes and application to contextual situations.
This module assesses the relationship between environmental conditions, human well-being and inequalities in health while examining the range of intervention strategies suitable for enhancing public health. You will develop the academic and professional skills needed to formulate, implement and evaluate public health intervention strategies through case study work.

Semester 2

This module aims to enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to undertake appropriate analysis of research results. You will have the opportunity to use research skills acquired in the applied context of real world project work in a variety of professional settings and to develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes.
This module aims to provide an insight into and critical awareness of distribution, causes and determinants of communicable and non-communicable diseases.  You will develop and enhance the cognitive capacity and professional skills required to formulate strategies for prevention and control of outbreaks of illness and chronic conditions. 


This module aims to critically review the relationship between energy, air quality, climate change and wastes management as components of sustainable development strategies at national, European and international levels. You will examine the nature and origins of pollution problems, assess the success of sustainability initiatives and undertake site visits to examine the complexity of environmental challenges. This module will provide you with an insight into and appreciation of environmental, technical, economic and political factors influencing policies and mechanisms for sustainable resource management.

Semester 3

This dissertation aims to contribute to the body of knowledge in your area by devising and conducting an independent research project and through independent, self-motivated critical thinking, to develop as a reflective practitioner.

Part-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1

Risk: Perception and Management (30 credits)

Year 1, Semesters 2

Research and Professional Practice (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1:

Environment, Health and Wellbeing (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2

Control of Infectious and Non-infectious Diseases (optional) (30 credits)

Energy, Resources and Sustainability (optional) (30 credits)

Year 3, Semester 1 and 2

Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English Language courses.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) 

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Suitable For

This course is for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to enhance their career prospects in environmental and public health in local authorities, the NHS, the voluntary sector or private companies.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£13,500

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.


Teaching is delivered through lectures, with some by visiting practitioners; fieldwork; site visits; seminars and tutorials. You will also be provided with opportunities to review practical applications of environmental interventions designed to promote public health.


Research & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Project & Learning portfolio (100%)  
Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits)
Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)  
Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits)
Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)  
Control of Infectious & Non-Infectious Diseases (30 credits)
Production of health education material (50%); Briefing report (50%)  
Energy, Resources & Sustainability (30 credits)
Poster presentation (30%) Case Study Report (70%)  
Dissertation (60 credits)
Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)


Employment opportunities are available in developing policy and implementing environmental and public health practice in local authorities, health services, voluntary organisations and private companies. Graduates have also developed careers in public health education and research.

The course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking environmental and public health employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental and public health policy initiatives.

Graduates of the course have found positions as planners and administrators in public health intervention units, trainers in community education services, been promoted to more senior posts in environmental health practice or embarked on research studies leading to the award of PhD.

Links with Industry

The Research & Professional Practice module will enable you to demonstrate self-direction and independence in learning. They also provide an opportunity for engaging with a host organisation and arranging a suitable work-based project.  In addition to providing frameworks within which to contextualise your study, this also provides the opportunity to enhance your employability skills and engage with social and community responsibility agendas.

Examples of recent projects are: evaluation of the effectiveness of smoking cessation services for pregnant women in a local authority; development of internal audit systems on hygiene and safety standards for the operator of small care homes, and assessment of compliance with environmental and safety standards for a laboratory handling infectious biological agents.

Further Study

After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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