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MSc Environment and Human Health - 2025 entry

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
3 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus

Penryn OR Online

Discipline Healthcare and Medicine
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2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

Contextual offers

Overview

  • You will investigate the intricate relationships between contemporary global human health and the environment. 
  • You’ll explore how factors such as climate change, air pollution, microbes, social inequalities and access to green and blue spaces impact health and wellbeing, whilst critically analysing evidence from a range of qualitative and quantitative sources. 
  • The programme is delivered in person on the Penryn campus OR online, allowing you the flexibility to study from wherever you are in the world. 
  • The programme is strongly linked to the research of the world-leading European Centre for Environment and Human Health, with contributions from other experts from the University of Exeter and key partners in health and environment sectors.
  • Part-time registration is structured to permit study alongside existing work or other commitments where feasible.
  • Once registered, if you wish and dependant on relevant module availability, you can choose to undertake an optional specialism in Pandemics or Global Health for the full MSc award (including 2-yr and 3-yr part time routes).
  • Subject to funding, this programme offers students and recent alumni the opportunity to apply for a grant to support attendance at an academic or professional conference in environment and human health as part of the de Freitas Conference Bursary.
  • Upon graduation you will be well placed to move into a range of rapidly developing professions in environment and human health.

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Contact

Programme Directors: Dr Sarah Bell, Dr Lewis Elliott and Dr Becca Lovell

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent Clinical Medicine research

Based on 4* + 3* research in REF 2021

Our Public Health research is 11th in the UK for Research Power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care. REF 2021

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Specialise in Global Health, Antimicrobial Resistance or Pandemics

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.  A personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Accreditation of prior learning for Masters courses in Healthcare and Medicine

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process whereby students, who have already gained relevant skills and knowledge prior to the start of their course, may be granted a partial credit exemption from their programme instead of unnecessarily repeating work. Find out more about APL

International students

Due to the small amount of on-campus time, the University is unable to issue Confirmations of Acceptance for Study (CAS) for this programme, so participants will not be able to apply for a Student Visa to study locally in the UK. However, it will however be possible to travel to the UK for the two in-person weeks using a standard visitor visa with the majority of the programme then studied online.

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.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

This exciting programme, which you can join either in person on the Penryn campus or online depending on your preference, is ideal for graduates who are planning or already undertaking a career within public health, health promotion, environmental health and protection, occupational health and related diverse research and practice fields.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and the programme has been designed to enable you to enact meaningful change in any setting. The course connects strongly to the world-leading research of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, covering key theories, concepts and evidence on issues such as:

  • The health impacts of global environmental change
  • The social determinants of health and health inequalities
  • The complex relationships that exist between human health and the environment
  • The potential of using natural environments to improve human health and wellbeing

Specialisms

At MSc level, the core award is the MSc in Environment and Human Health. Depending on the specific modules taken, and dissertation topic selected, students may opt to receive one of the following named awards:

  • MSc Environment and Human Health (Global Health)
  • MSc Environment and Human Health (Pandemics)

These specialisms are only available at the MSc level, and are subject to the availability of option modules delivered by other University of Exeter programmes.

Your eligibility for the particular award will be confirmed by the final Assessment Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC) on the basis of the modules that have been completed. In order to graduate with a particular named award in parentheses, you will need to select the appropriate specified option modules detailed below, and notify the programme support team accordingly. Otherwise the award name will be MSc in Environment and Human Health. 

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work, a 15 credit module being equivalent to 150 hours of work and a full Masters degree being equivalent to approximately 1,800 hours of work. Therefore, for applicants who are working full time (or close to full-time), we recommend applying to complete the Masters degree over 2 or 3 years rather than 1 year.

To gain a Masters qualification, you will need to complete 180 credits at level 7.

It is also possible to exit with a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

MSc Environment and Human Health timetable 2023-2024 (PDF)

Please note: these timetables are draft and subject to change. If you would like further information please contact the programme leads: Dr Sarah Bell, Dr Lewis Elliott or Dr Becca Lovell.

The last contact day and assessment deadline for the programme will be earlier than the actual end date of your registration with the University, to allow a period of time at the end of your active studies for further support and mitigation, if needed

Modules

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.

You will be awarded an MSc on completion of the following modules:

• Contemporary Environment and Human Health (15 credits)
• Postgraduate Skills and Evidence (15 credits)
• Project Design (15 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

And 75 Credits from:

• Nature, Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
• Environmental Science and Population Health (15 credits)
• Ecological Public Health (15 credits)
• Global Public Health and Environmental Change (15 credits)
• Disability, Social Justice and Climate Resilient Development (15 credits)
• Up to 30 credits from other appropriate optional Level 7 taught modules (see Optional modules information below)

You will be awarded a PGDip on completion of the following modules:

• Contemporary Environment and Human Health (15 credits)
• Postgraduate Skills and Evidence (15 credits)
• Project Design (15 credits)

And 75 Credits from:

• Nature, Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
• Environmental Science and Population Health (15 credits)
• Ecological Public Health (15 credits)
• Research Methods for Practice (15 credits)
• Global Public Health and Environmental Change (15 credits)
• Up to 30 credits from other appropriate optional Level 7 taught modules (see Optional modules information below)

  • MSc Environment & Human Health (Global Health):

This specialism provides the opportunity to focus on environment and human health topics in the domain of global health. It requires specific opt out of HPDM032 and taking optional module HPDM122 Planetary Health. Your dissertation project (HPDM000) must also be focused on a relevant topic in global health, as agreed with HPDM000 module leads.

  • MSc Environment & Human Health (Pandemics)

This specialism provides the opportunity to focus on environment and human health topics related to pandemics. It requires two specified option modules to be taken: HPDM124 Principles of Health Protection and CMH 15 credit module HPDM141 Pandemics: drivers, preparedness and response. Your dissertation project (HPDM000) must also be focused on a relevant topic related to environmental aspects of pandemics, as agreed with HPDM000 module leads.

Specialisms

MSc Environment & Human Health (Global Health)

Specialising in Global Health gives you the opportunity to focus on the environment and human health topics affecting the world today. The optional module Planetary Health (HPDM122) will introduce you to medical sociology, environment and human health, social epidemiology and global health. You will learn how health in its widest sense and health and environmental inequalities are created, and the potential strategies for addressing them more effectively. Using an interdisciplinary approach you will study a range of topics which may include global obesity rates, corporate and economic determinants of health, healthy diets and planetary boundaries, nature-connectedness and wellbeing.

Your dissertation project provides the opportunity to complete detailed research into an area of global health according to your own interests or career ambitions.

MSc Environment & Human Health (Pandemics)

Specialising in Pandemics will provide you with the opportunity to focus on related environment and human health topics. A key area of study will concern health protection and understanding the ways in which this often needs to be dynamic and responsive to the evolving health needs of the population. This versatile field of study brings together specialist knowledge and skills from a broad range of specialities including PHE; environmental health departments; hospital microbiologists and infection and prevention control teams; GPs; community specialists and educational institutions. You will be introduced to a wide range of topics which may include outbreak management, global health, data collection and timely actions and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

Your dissertation project provides the opportunity to complete detailed research related to the environmental aspects of pandemics according to your own interests or career ambitions.

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Fees

2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

  • MSc (1 year): £11,600
  • MSc (2 years): £5,800
  • MSc (3 years): £3,900
  • PG Dip (2 years part time): £3,900
  • PG Cert (1 year): £3,900
  • Standalone module per 15-credit module: £1,100

International fees per year:

  • MSc (1 year): £27,500
  • MSc (2 years): £13,750
  • MSc (3 years): £9,250
  • PG Dip (2 years): £9,250
  • PG Cert (1 year): £9,250
  • Standalone module per 15-credit module: £2,500

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

Scholarships

We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Funding and Scholarships

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £12,167 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding

There are various funding opportunities available including the Medical School's Global excellence scholarships.
For more information visit our  Masters funding page.

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. Please check your eligibility before applying.

University of Exeter Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship

We are pleased to offer graduating University of Exeter students completing their degree in Summer 2022 and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) or research degree (eg MPhil/PhD) with us a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. These awards are worth 10% of the first year tuition fee for students enrolling on a postgraduate taught or research programme of study in 2022/23, with the exception of the PGCE programme. 

‘Green Futures’ Postgraduate Taught Scholarships 2022/23

Together with generous philanthropic gifts from a number of like-minded donors, the University of Exeter is offering up to 9 ‘Green Futures’ Postgraduate Taught Scholarships for study on one of our eligible Masters programmes in 2022/23. 

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Teaching and research

Our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.

Learning and teaching

The taught modules of this programme are delivered in the Autumn and Spring terms (optional modules taken from other programmes may be taught in Summer term). During this time you will also be helped to develop a dissertation project to be completed in the Summer term and through to the end of August. We encourage students to develop their project alongside existing European Centre activities and/or in conjunction with partner organisations. Part time students may be able to develop dissertation projects within their workplace settings if appropriate.

Taught modules are delivered either in person on the Penryn Campus or online using a mixture of synchronous (‘live’) and asynchronous online sessions and materials. For online delivery we will use standard platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and the University of Exeter Electronic Learning Environment (ELE). You will therefore need to have sufficient computing and internet access to be able to engage with the programme using these technologies, with the support of the programme team, the Exeter Digital Hub and related support services.

Teaching and learning methods

All material is designed for Masters level and will involve a mix of live (in person or online depending on your choice for joining the programme) and pre-recorded online lectures, seminars, small group work and guided independent study. 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 studies to develop assessed pieces of work.

Locally based students are eligible to undertake other in-person option modules offered through other programmes on the Penryn campus where this is feasible. Meetings with academic tutors and/or other students can also occur in-person on campus where students are based in the local area.

Assessment

Taught modules will be assessed through a mix of assessment types including literature reviews, essays, written reports and presentations.

Internships

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.

Advice and support

Each student is allocated an academic tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. The Programme Leads are also available to help with further guidance and advice.

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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

MSc Environment and Human Health.

Careers

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.