The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

MSc in Environmental Health Sciences

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The MSc in Environmental Health Sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health.

The Programme and its International Context

Environmental Health is the assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. This includes the study of:

  • Environmental protection (including control of air, water & land pollution)
  • Food safety & hygiene (including production, distribution & fitness for human consumption)
  • Occupational health & safety (including investigation & control of work-related accidents & ill health)
  • The built environment (including homes, workplaces & public spaces).

The above examples highlight the important and highly worthwhile nature of environmental health work and many students are motivated by a desire to directly improve living and working conditions to the benefit of a wide range of people.

Students develop expertise in current methods for examining factors that affect human health, assessing and managing the risks involved, and meeting the challenges resulting from changes in the interaction between people and the environment. The wide scope of Environmental Health Sciences and the corresponding breadth of the degree reflect rapid technological progress. Environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, air, water and noise pollution are increasingly important and there is a pressing need for graduates with skills in these disciplines.

Correspondingly, the course provides an emphasis on teaching subjects that are relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations. For example, external professionals work together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases and also in urban and industrial air quality management.

Teaching is based on a core of conventional lectures and tutorials, complemented by group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork. The programme can be studied over 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or up to 5 years via Open Access.

Programme Structure

Please click on MSc Environmental Health Sciences for details of compulsory and optional modules.


Graduates in Environmental Health Sciences are well prepared for a wide range of professions that require intellectual flexibility and analytical skill. Many graduates from the Strathclyde programme have highly successful careers in environmental regulation, government departments, environmental consultancy, health and safety management, food industry, public water utilities, and waste management. There is increasing recognition by employers in the private sector that graduates in Environmental Health have skills and backgrounds that are well suited to management roles in a range of related business activities, including the specialist field of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Employers of Strathclyde Environmental Health graduates include: AECOM; ACS Physical Risk Control Ltd; British Army; British Petroleum; Glasgow Caledonian University; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Health Protection Scotland; IBI Group Inc; International Atomic Energy Agency; Institute of Occupational Medicine; Malaysian Government; Maltese Government; Swaziland Department of Health; Logica plc; Malawi Government; National Health Service in Scotland; Ricardo AEA Ltd; Royal Bank of Scotland; Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland; Royal Navy; RPS Group Plc; Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; Scottish Government; UK Meteorological Office; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Strathclyde; World Health Organisation.

Admission Requirements

MSc: Normally a First or Upper Second-class Honours BSc degree from a UK University or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Although normally at least a 2:1 is required, lower degree classifications might be considered if there is strength elsewhere (e.g. relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation, strong academic letter of reference, very strong application statement linking with career goals).

Open Access Route: Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or professional qualifications or experience are welcome to apply; each application is judged on its own merits.

One year full-time study involves attendance at classes (120 credits) over 2 terms, plus dissertation (60 credits) during the 3rd term. This is the only option for Overseas students.

Part-time (open to UK/EU students only) involves class attendance, completing 60 credits in year 1 and 60 credits plus dissertation in year 2. Depending on the timetable, just 2 days work release per week may be needed 24 weeks/year.

Online Application: Online applications are open for September 2015 entry via the link below. Please refer to further details below and the Entry Requirements section above.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please upload copies of supporting documentation when submitting your MSc application (including full degree transcripts, CV and Supporting Statement) - see 'Frequently asked Questions' for further details on documents and tuition fees. We advise applications are submitted in time to fulfill all academic and financial requirements by end of July 2015.

Applicants with a 1st class honours degree who wish to apply for university scholarships, should also submit a separate formal scholarship application - see 'Funding Opportunities' for details.

UK/EU STUDENTS: When submitting your application, please upload full copies of degree transcripts, CV, a Supporting Statement and academic reference letters if available.   Due to the limited number of home/EU places, a waiting list may operate for Sept 2014 applications closer to the start of term.

2015-16 Applications :

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc environmental health sciences (Admission Code : CEHSFT)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc environmental health sciences (Admission Code : CEHSPT)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.


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MSc Environmental Health Sciences, brochure title page

Environmental Health Sciences

Click on link above to read about the nature of environmental health study and professional practice.

Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative, Malawi with Strathclyde graduate Tracy Morse.
List of graduate profiles


Professional roles of Environmental Health graduates

See Issue 41, page 8 of SEPA View for a profile of Kenny Boag, who graduated from the department with BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health

Further Reading

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History Timeline

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