Postgraduate MSc

Health and Global Environment





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the challenge in managing the complex forces and interrelationships that shape the health of the environment and the general public. Build the skills to become an advanced practitioner with our MSc Health and Global Environment postgraduate degree.

Available full and part-time study, our highly-relevant and topical course is carefully-designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in planning and decision-making to improve the health of populations at global and national levels.

Designed to open career opportunities in modern environmental and public health practice and support continued professional development, you will learn to better manage social, technological and organisational change and develop a critical and analytical ability lead the response.

International applicant? Please check international intakes for the latest information and application dates.

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You will:

  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills that can be applied to health-specific topics with global relevance
  • Learn about the approaches used to implement theory behind public health and global environmental issues
  • Understand the role and impact of a range of stakeholders and institutions influencing global health and environmental intervention
  • Build your knowledge and skills with an academic team leading collaborative, industry-focused environmental research

students accepted

This is for you if...


You are a graduate looking to develop new knowledge and skills for a future career where you can help to improve human welfare and protect the environment


You are a graduate or professional seeking to learn how to engage in planning and decision making to improve the health of populations


You are looking to cement your knowledge and develop additional skills as preparation for future career roles shaping and leading health and environmental policies

Course details

All about the course


Course delivery

Our MSc Health and Global Environment postgraduate degree course is delivered using full and part-time pathways, with start dates each January and September.

The 180-credit MSc award comprises eight 15-credit taught modules, followed by a 60-credit research project.

  • As a full-time student, you will take modules in trimesters one and two, and complete your project module in trimester three
  • As a part-time student, you will spread your studies over trimesters one and two of the first two years, and then complete your project module in year three
Learning experience

We prioritise an authentic, experimental and experiential investigation of problems. During your studies, you will engage with ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences, that are relevant to environmental practice and public health intervention.

The course curriculum is designed to deepen your understanding of topics including occupational health and hygiene, infectious disease control, energy, sustainability, pollution and remediation. With a focus on your employability, course activities will also sharpen your critical thinking and help you to develop transferable skills in designing and conducting field research. 

Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

Course team

The Health and Global Environment postgraduate course is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and extensive professional connections.

Course leader: Carole Conroy

Trimester one

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

This module provides key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level, looking at big issues in environmental sciences. The module also introduces ethics and bioethics and will aim to enhance students critical thinking.

Global Determinants of Environmental Health

This module provides an overview of the key issues and debates in global environmental development like climate change, exposures to environmental hazards, secure and fair stewardship of food, water, and energy. You will explore the inter-relationships between challenges to human health and environmental changes and will critically appraise relevant policies and theories to formulate and evaluate intervention strategies.

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Energy and Sustainability

This module provide an insight into and critical awareness of environmental, technical, economic and political factors influencing policies and mechanisms for the sustainable management of energy and environmental resources. It will enhance the skills required to formulate strategies for reconciling conflicts between development and environmental protection in the context of energy and resources management.

Occupational Health and Hygiene

This module will explore trends in occupational health and wellbeing at work. You will explore the nature and properties of workplace contaminants and mode of entry to the body; methods of assessment of workplace environmental hazards; design and analysis of exposure measurement surveys and the biopsychosocial model of illness and its relevance to prevalent work related illnesses. You will develop a detailed understanding of the intervention strategies which may be used to manage occupational health risks and to promote well-being.

Environmental Pollution and Remediation

This module covers the toxic characteristics of major environmental pollutants (heavy metals/metalloids, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, nitrogen, phosphorus etc.), and their chemical behaviour, transport and environmental fate in various environmental compartments, including air, water and soils. Remediation technologies for key environmental pollution problems such as acid rain, smog, acid mine drainage, contaminated lands, eutrophication, greenhouse gas emission etc. are introduced.

Trimester two

Professional Practice

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. You will work as part of a team with an external organisation or company relevant to your degree discipline on a project defined by a client. The module provides you with opportunities to develop a range of skills and aptitudes including negotiation of project terms of reference, research design, data collection and analysis, professional communication, project management and professional networking.

Research Design and Delivery

This module will prepare you for your dissertation by enabling you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to analyse research results appropriately. It will provide opportunities for you to acquire essential research skills relevant to your discipline in both a field and laboratory setting. The experience in applying these skills will be invaluable in planning and undertaking your dissertation.

Infectious Disease Control

This module explores the impact of infectious disease on global health and the factors that contribute towards their outcomes. You will use problem-based-learning to investigate key infectious diseases and the current developments in diagnostics and control options, with particular focus on challenges in tackling antimicrobial resistance. You will develop practical knowledge and skills in basic and molecular microbiology techniques and in the effective communication of science to wide audiences.

Principles of Epidemiology and Surveillance

This module explores the epidemiology of infectious and non-infectious diseases, investigating why diseases occur in populations. Global changes in the environment,human population and travel are rapidly changing when and where new epidemics occur with often devastating consequences. Using real-world examples, you will explore the key role of surveillance in detecting and monitoring epidemics and how current surveillance systems can be improved by epidemiological information.

Trimester three

Dissertation (60 credits)

This module aims to enable you 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.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


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. You will have opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on an authentic project thereby enhancing networking with external clients while applying your input to a real-world interaction.


Each module is assessed individually through coursework including formative and summative assessments. Modular assignments may involve working with external stakeholder organisations on projects linked to investigating and managing public health needs, environmental performance and/or environmental health risk.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and industry leaders.

Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to take your career potential further.

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree course with Salford, you are joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also lead collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global environmental issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Environmental workers


This course is a relevant vocational qualification for applicants seeking health, safety and environment-related employment. It is also designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector.

Due to experiences such as the COVID-19 pandemic, new priorities and opportunities are emerging to develop policy and practice in local authorities, health services, voluntary organisations and private companies.The skills you will develop on the course will prepare for a role where you can lead the formulation, implementation and evaluation of these new initiatives.

Course alumni have secured roles working as planners and administrators in public health intervention units, trainers in community education services. Some have used the knowledge and skills they have developed on the course to secure senior posts in environmental health practice.


You might also choose to take your subject interest further with postgraduate research. Our Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre is home to PhD and Research Master’s opportunities exploring a range of topics, from energy and food security to ecosystem services and environmental assessment.

Explore our Doctoral School to learn more about research training, support and opportunities.

A taste of what you could become

An environmental planner

A community education trainer

A policy researcher

An environmental health practitioner

And more...


What you need to know


This course is for recommended for applicants seeking future careers where they can engage in planning and decision making to improve the health of populations at global and national levels. Designed to deepen your knowledge of environmental and public health issues, the course will nurture your skills in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health and environmental policy initiatives.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course


Please check international intakes for the latest information and application dates.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

International student entry requirements

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

For more information or enquires about this scheme, please contact: 

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,990.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,380.00per year
Part-time 2024/25 £1,665 per 30 credits
Full-time home 2025/26 £10,350.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,000.00per year

Additional costs

Field courses and trip costs are covered by the University.  You will not be charged for field (day) trips, but you are expected to provide your own refreshments.

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025