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Health and the Environment MSc

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  • Objectives
    In direct response to the skills gap identified by employers, this course aims to equip you with: * the scientific expertise to assess the risk of environmental factors * the ability to influence decision and policy making * the skills to develop integrated strategies – enabling you to minimise the risk of future environment and health issues. As with all of Cranfield’s degrees, it has been designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need for a successful career in the health and environment sectors.
  • Entry requirements
    1st or 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a discipline such as environmental health, biological and chemical sciences, medicine or environmental sciences. A blend of qualifications, motivation and relevant experience may also be acceptable. Where applicable, students must demonstrate competency in English, such as a minimum International English Language Testing System Score (IELTS) of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580. Our Academic Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training in English.
  • Course description
        * Available full or part time
        * Fee bursaries available

    Environmental issues
    and their social and economic implications are at the top of every political agenda. Quantifying how much the environment contributes to the burden of cancer, asthma, lung and heart disease opens a new field and demands a new approach and a new breed of scientist.

    Designed to equip you with the scientific expertise to assess risk and influence both policy and decision making, the Health and the Environment MSc promotes the development of holistic integrated strategies to tackle emerging environment and health issues.

    This course represents a unique offering within the UK and Europe, differentiating itself from established ‘environmental health’ courses by focusing at a guidance level on important fields including chemical regulation and policy, risk assessment and perception, and health impact assessment.

    The Health and the Environment MSc programme is developed with input from the Institute of Environmental Health (IEH) and Cranfield University uses its close links with industry to ensure the relevance of the course content which comprises of a formal taught ten-module course and a four-month research project and thesis. Typical projects include examining air pollution, environmentally-associated cancers and newly emerging infectious chemical and biological agents such as SARS and avian flu.

    This course is suitable for both recent graduates and scientists who are looking to gain an advanced understanding of how human activities which are detrimental to the environment specifically affect human health. It will prepare you for a career in the buoyant environment and health sector or, alternatively, provide a route into higher-level research.

    Duration of course:           

    Full time - one year

    Part-time – up to three years

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    Course structure

    The course is divided into two parts:

    Taught modules

    A formal taught component comprising ten modules covering the scientific, technological, ethical and commercial aspects of this complex topic.

    This element constitutes 50% of the overall mark. The marks for each of the modules are usually obtained through a combination of written assignments, group projects and / or oral presentations, plus two examinations which draw upon skills and knowledge gained across the taught course. The pass mark for all components is 50%.
    Research project and thesis

    A four-month personal research project, carried out either at Cranfield, your place of work or another external organisation.

    This element constitutes 50% of the overall mark. The marks are obtained from a combination of a submitted thesis, oral presentation of the thesis and application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day supervisor.

    The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia. It acts as an opportunity for you to meet potential future employers to apply your new knowledge.

    Course content

    The course content for Health and the Environment comprises the following segments:


    1 Introduction to Human Disease and its Causes

    2 Research Design, Risk Assessment Methodology and Evidence Based Reviews

    Anthropogenic Impacts on the Environment

    4  Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

    5 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology

    6  Human Exposure Monitoring

    7 Regulation of Pollutants in the Environment

    8 Risk Attitudes and Communication

    9 Health and Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology

    10 Applications of the Principles of Risk Assessment


    Research project

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