Postgraduate MSc

Health and Global Environment

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





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Three year

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September 2020

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In a nutshell

This course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of health and global environmental issues. Management of interrelationships between the health of the environment and the public is a significant challenge for the 21st century. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in planning and decision-making to improve the health of populations at global and national levels. On successfully completing this course, you can  enter into a career in the sector of modern environmental and public health practice, or continue your professional development.

We aim to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health and environmental policy initiatives. Successful completion of this course will enable you to cope better with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. This course also develops your critical and analytical ability in relation to global environmental issues and public health.


You will:
  • Develop critical and analytical powers in relation to health-specific topics with global relevance
  • Learn implementation of the theories behind health and the global environment
  • Understand the role and impact of a range of stakeholders and institutions influencing global health

students accepted

This is for you if...


You are concerned about global health environments


You want to engage in planning and decision making to improve the health of populations at global and national levels


You are looking to develop your career in order to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health and environmental policy initiatives

Course details

All about the course

On this programme, you will be engaged 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 health intervention. Modules address existing and emerging challenges and deepen the understanding of global health problems and develop critical and analytical powers in relation to health-specific topics with global relevance.

You will be involved in understanding of the range of stakeholders and institutions influencing global health, and the nature of health threats from changes in the environment.

A feature of the course is applied learning with an emphasis on authentic, experimental and experiential investigation of problems ensuring that students learn through action and reflection while they are supported in reviewing the progress of their own learning.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week trimesters or five 14-week trimesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively. There are two intakes per year allowing flexibility in regards to the time you wish to begin your study (September or January).

Within the full-time course, you will study eight taught modules as well as completing a dissertation. Six modules are compulsory with two studied in semester one and a choice of two optional modules and the remaining four core modules will be studied in seimester two. 

For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two trimesters between September and May. Year one involves the study of two core and two optional modules. Year two involves the study of four core modules. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

Semester 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.

Semester 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.

Semester 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.

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The University hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Academic profiles

Andrew Clark

Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience of teaching environmental assessment management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has extensive experience of working with private, public and third sector organisations and companies, providing a strong employability focus to teaching and learning on the MSc programmes.

Carole Conroy

Carole is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has over 25 years’ experience within private, public and the educational sector. She held or currently holds positions of esteem within external organisations such as external examiner positions, Chair of Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group; Member of Professional Standards Committee, and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

David Poley

David has over 35 years’ experience as an Environmental Health Officer, specialising in environmental management including air quality management and noise control. He has been chair of the Merseyside pollution group and, under his management, his Authority became a Beacon Council for their innovation in air quality monitoring. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health and a member of the Institute of Acoustics.

Debapriya Mondal

Priya Mondal is an Environmental Toxicologist with over ten years’ experience in the area of effects of environmental contaminants on human health, especially addressing risk assessments, biomarkers of exposure and identification of molecular and physiological mechanisms of toxicity. Currently, she is a council member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and a UK and Scientific committee member of UK & Ireland Exposure Science Group.

Stephen Todd

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and has over 40 years’ experience in the private and educational sectors. He has sat on the Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Economic Area Group for Product and Process Innovation and for twenty years was on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Building Surveying. He was also part of the team that developed the Warrington Energy House, which was a collaborative project between the University of Salford, Warrington Housing Association and Warrington Borough Council.

Stephen Parnell

Stephen Parnell is an epidemiologist and expert in disease surveillance. Stephen has over ten years’ experience studying infectious diseases of plants which are a global threat to food security and natural environments. Stephen is an expert member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) where he advises the European Commission and his work has direct impact on EU policy. He also works closely with organisations including Defra and the Forestry Commission in the UK to advise on new plant disease outbreaks.

Steve Sumner

Steve trained as an Environmental Health Officer and after a succession of posts as local authority health and safety inspector/manager and was seconded to HSE's Local Authority Unit responsible for the development of technical policy. Before establishing his own consultancy and joining the academic staff at Salford he was national lead for Health and Safety at the local Government Association for nine years. He is chartered member of CIEH and a chartered fellow of IOSH.

Denise Rennie

Denise has over 30 years’ experience of teaching environmental health both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her modules address the inter-relationships between aspects of environmental quality and human health with a focus on health promotion interventions to tackle non-communicable diseases. She believes that it is important for all students to participate in applied learning and has developed consultancy modules where students work in groups to deliver projects for external clients and a self-assessment tool for students to use in university and during work placements. Her research interests include evaluation of environmental interventions to protect and promote health, with a particular focus on diet, food safety and food security.

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What about after uni?

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. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of global environmental and public health policy initiatives.

Several employment opportunities exist in developing policy and implementing environmental and public health practice in local authorities, health services, voluntary organisations and private companies.

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

A taste of what you could become

An environmental planner

A community education trainer

An environmental health researcher

An environmental health practitioner

And more...

Career Links

The course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities supplemented by practice-based learning opportunities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for your dissertation.

At the University of Salford we pride ourselves in our research and encourage our students to explore topics that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. If you are already working in the sector, completing a dissertation may also provide you with an opportunity to examine areas which might inform and guide your working practice, allowing you to share new insights with your colleagues. Examples of recent projects include: 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.


What you need to know


This course is for applicants with an interest in Health and Global Environment, who want to engage in planning and decision making to improve the health of populations at global and national levels, deepen their knowledge of environmental and public health issues to enhance their career prospects by being able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health and environmental policy initiatives.


Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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.

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,000per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,210per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,500 per 30 credits
Additional costs
  • Field courses - these are paid for by the University 
  • 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 for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

To find out more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021