• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This online Public and Environmental Health MSc at University of Derby addresses the need for public and environmental health professionals who are able to understand and evaluate the risks posed by the stressors of public and 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. 


Through studying this online Public and Environmental Health MSc at University of Derby you will be able to critically evaluate a full range of sustainable interventions which are available to eliminate or mitigate stressors thereby protecting human health and promoting wellbeing.

As a UK or international student, this online Public and Environmental Health MSc course will allow you to study the underpinning subjects of public and environmental health, including food safety, occupational health and environmental protection set in a global context that can be applied as you learn. You will also be able to study a range of optional modules such as Global Environmental Health and Public Health Issues and Environmental Pollution and Management Strategies that will allow you to put your knowledge into practice in international context.

The MSc Public and Environmental Health programme will take you on a journey that will equip you with a broad understanding of the inter-relationship between environmental hazards, risk assessment and the impact on public health and wellbeing. Progression through the programme will aid you to develop critical thinking and analysis skills, culminating in the ability to think strategically across the breadth of the public and environmental health sector. It will give you the ability to undertake primary data collection, and to critically evaluate the likely impacts on public health and wellbeing, with a deep conceptual understanding that enables you to evaluate in a clear, concise way.

You will learn how to critically evaluate new strategies, identify a local community’s public health needs and oversee the implementation of appropriate public and environmental health interventions. The transferable skills gained will prepare you to work with a vast range of organisations such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the delivery of community based projects, particularly in developing countries in such areas as Africa, the Caribbean or Asia

A course aligned to the CIEH requirements

This course follows the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Curriculum 2011 and has specifically designed modules with an international focus.

As well as delivering the core knowledge associated with public and environmental health, the programme is very practical in its approach. We believe that an essential element of gaining competence as a practitioner in public and environmental health is by being exposed to real life situations both through the work place and through real life scenarios. The ability to critically evaluate public and environmental health interventions underpins much of your learning throughout the programme.


An education in public and environmental health allows a wide choice of careers to be opened up to you. It is anticipated that some of you will pursue careers working for government at both the local and national level. This would typically be in the role of a public/environmental health / regulatory compliance officer, as a community based public and environmental health coordinator and also potentially in a public health policy role.

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.

Programme Structure


  • Environmental Pollution and Management Strategies
  • Global Environmental and Public Health Issues
  • Hazard and Risk Management
  • Independent Scholarly Activity
  • Natural and Residential Environments
  • Public Health and Wellbeing
  • The Health Impacts of Workplace and Food
  • Waste Management Control

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity Part-time
                • Average part-time duration 36 months
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                • Time flexibility
                • Attendance
                  Regular mandatory meetings
                • Teacher support
                  Continuous support with feedback on request
                • Student interaction
                  Online group works/assignments
              • More information Go to the programme website

              English Language Requirements

              You need the following IELTS score:

              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              Academic Requirements

              You need the following GPA score:

              Required score: Lower Second Class

              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).

              General Requirements

              Applicants should normally have:


              • 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.

              Getting a Student Visa

              This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                2640 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 7920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
              • EU/EEA

                2640 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 7920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
              *Prices correct for 2019/2020 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.


              • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
              • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
              • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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