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MSc Environmental Health

This Environmental Health programme from University of Birmingham provides an accredited pathway for science-based graduates to become environmental health practitioners. 

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2-5 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,640 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The course is taught using formal lectures; workshops; group work; case studies and student centered learning, recognising the importance of technical and practical skills as well as academic excellence. Site visits are arranged in order for students to put into practice their newly acquired skills. Students benefit from being taught in a research-intense environment and are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and research skills. The course supports building the foundation of competence through the knowledge and skills required by the CIEH curriculum. We welcome international students on our courses.

This Environmental Health programme from University of Birmingham is open to international students and is the route that must be taken by people who intend to work in the UK as an Environmental Health Practioner. If you are an international student and not intending to work in the UK, the Public and Environmental Health MSc programme is more tailored for international students. This Public and Environmental Health MSc is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

This course fulfils the academic requirements to become a graduate Environmental Health Officer. Having gained the MSc in Environmental Health, graduates will begin practicing. Alongside this, graduates can sign up to either the new Environmental Health registration scheme or Chartered Environmental Practitioner Programme (CPP), both of which are run by the CIEH. Both of these routes lead to registration and are designed to develop highly competent and professional practitioners in the field.

Courses include:

  • Food Microbiology and Safety
  • Food Control and Hygiene Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Environmental Protection and Climate Change
  • Health Protection
  • Housing and Law
  • Public Health Integration

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


During the time on the course, students will be encouraged to develop employability skills which UK Employer Organisations have stated are essential for graduate recruitment. These include:

  • Time management
  • Communication Skills
  • Team working
  • Personal planning and organisation
  • Critical thinking skills


  • Entry onto the course requires a science based honours degree (2:1 minimum). A relevant 2.2 degree will be considered for entry where the applicant has relevant work experience.

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