MSc/PgDip/PgCert Environment and Human Health

Duration MSc: Full time 1 year; Part time 2 years; Modular 3 years
PgDip: Full time 1 year; Part time 2 years
PgCert: Full time 2 terms over 1 year; Part time 4 terms over 2 years
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationCornwall (Truro)
Start date September


The September 2020 intake will not be affected by COVID-19 as all modules will be delivered online if necessary

  • Investigate the intricate relationships between contemporary global human health and the environment.
  • Explore how factors such as climate change, air pollution and microbes impact health, whilst critically analysing evidence from a range of qualitative and quantitative sources.
  • Discover the potential to harness the natural environment as a resource to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Learn to assess the health profile of a population group anywhere in the world, particularly in the context of an ageing society and increased global urbanisation and derive solutions to address health inequalities.

On this programme you will look at current theories and concepts and through the analysis of a range of information you will develop the skills and knowledge so that on graduation you will be able to inform strategies to improve the health of communities or be well placed to continue to work towards a position of an academic researcher.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and so the programme has been designed to give them the ability to enact meaningful change in any setting.

For example, for the Ecological Public Health module our students select a country or urban/rural location to carry out an assessment of the public health profile (demographics and burden of disease/people and place) and identify the ecological foundations for that specific public health profile. They would then create a collaborative (e.g. inter-agency, community approach) action plan focussed on health improvement in that particular area.

Topics current students have chosen include:

  • Public Health interventions in New Orleans
  • Health, Wellbeing and Diet in Japan
  • Understanding and Improving Mental Health in Indonesia

Delivered at the Knowledge Spa located on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Site in Truro this research inspired programme will include contributions from the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, the Met Office, Age UK and the World Health Organisation.

Students are able to access one-to-one support should they wish to undertake an internship with a Cornish business (or even further afield). They are able to take part in the Access to Internships scheme either during the course or once their studies have finished.

The programme would suit graduates who are planning or already undertaking a career within public health, health promotion, environmental health and protection, occupational health, workplace wellbeing or social enterprise. The programme has been developed with reference to the training requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the UK Faculty of Public Health to maximise your future employability in the discipline of environment and human health sciences.

Studying at a top world-class university like Exeter, in a great environment like Cornwall, is a brilliant combination. I hope to utilise the scientific knowledge, research skills, leadership capacities and global connections I'm gaining through my Exeter career to the benefit of research, education and social entrepreneurship in Ghana.

Gameli Adzaho, MSc Environment and Human Health.

Programme structure

PgCert students will complete 60 credits, PgDip 120 credits and MSc students 180 credits.

In addition to the eight taught modules required for the PgDip (taught in the Spring and Summer terms), Masters students will also complete a 60 credit dissertation.


You will be awarded a PgCert on completion of:

• Contemporary Environment and Human Health (15 credits)
• Postgraduate Skills and Evidence (15 credits)
• Nature, Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
• Environmental Science and Population Health (15 credits)


In addition to modules completed for the PgCert, you will be awarded a PgDip on completion of the following additional modules:

• Project Design and Grantsmanship (15 credits)
• Ecological Human Health (15 credits)

And 30 credits from;

• Research Methods for Practice (15 credits)
• Global Public Health and Environmental Change (15 credits)
• Any PGT option (15 credits)


In addition to modules completed for the PgDip, you will be awarded an MSc on completion of:

Teaching timetable

4 x Tue 4 x Tue 4 x Wed 4 x Wed  
Autumn term Contemporary Environment and Human Health Postgraduate Skills and Evidence Project Design and Grantsmanship Ecological Public Health Any PGT Option
4 x Tue 4 x Tue 4 x Wed 4 x Wed or
Spring term Nature, Health and Wellbeing Environmental Science and Population Health Research Methods for Practice Global Public Health and Environmental Change Any PGT Option
    --- Choose any 2 out of 3 ---
Summer term Dissertation

NB: Part-time students study Tuesdays in Yr1, Wednesdays in Yr2 and complete their Dissertation in Yr3

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Contact days

View the list of 2020 / 2021 contact days

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

The taught component of this programme is delivered in the first two terms (one year programme) or five terms (two year programme). During this time you will also be helped to develop a dissertation project to be completed in the remaining six months. We encourage students to develop their project alongside existing European Centre activities or in conjunction with our enterprise partners. Part time students may be able to develop dissertation projects within their workplace settings if appropriate.

Teaching and learning methods

All material is designed for Masters level and will involve keynote lectures, case studies, seminars and group discussion. Within modules there is considerable scope for you to direct your learning towards fields of particular interest, especially through your choice of dissertation project and in your guided independent study.


Taught modules will be assessed through literature reviews, essays, written reports and presentations. We use case studies and problem-based learning approaches to encourage you to work collaboratively and learn from each other. We try to include field trips to locations such as the Eden Project, local community health projects and even the beach to contextualise your learning.

Advice and support

Each student is allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. The Programme Lead is also available to help with further guidance and advice.


Graduates of the Programme are well placed to move into a range of rapidly developing professions in environment and human health. Some examples include:

  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health and Protection
  • Occupational Health and workplace wellbeing
  • Social enterprises and SME businesses innovating in environment and human health

The programme also prepares you for further research and some graduates may want to go on to PhD study with the European Centre or elsewhere.


Facilities include an extensive medical library and access to web-based learning resources. You will also have access to the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus near Falmouth in Cornwall for Environmental Science resources.

Findo out more on the European Centre for Environment & Human Health website.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

For 2020/21, fees will be charged pro rata per 30 credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

MSc fees (1 year)

  • UK/EU: £8,800 full-time; £2,950 part-time
  • International: £21,100 full-time

MSc fees (2 year)

  • UK/EU: £4,400
  • International: £10,550

PGDip fees

  • UK/EU: £5,900 full-time; £2,950 part-time
  • International: £14,000

PGCert fees

  • UK/EU: £2,950
  • International: £7,000

Pro Rata Module fees: per 15-credit module

  • UK/EU: £800
  • International: £1,900

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in autumn 2020.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

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Student highlights of MSc Environment and Human Health

In this video our current students talk about their favourite aspects and highlights of the programme.

MSc Environment and Human Health

In this video, Dr Ben Wheeler and one of our current students talk about the programme.

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