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MSc-PGDip in Health Ergonomics

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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to provide an academic training for those wishing to become qualified in the application and research of ergonomics to the design and operation of work systems, particularly where there are risks of a health and safety nature. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to training in health ergonomics by bringing together expert lecturers, tutors and advisors from the University of Surrey and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and overseas, including representatives from industry, commerce and public service, and facilitates access to up-to-date developments and new areas of importance in health ergonomics. With the increasing needs of those working or wishing to work as ergonomists in health-related areas and those with safety responsibilities in the United Kingdom, in the European Union and overseas, the programme enables students to acquire an appropriate academic qualification which will equip them to practise within industry, commerce and public service. The programme is appropriate for professionals who wish to obtain an advanced qualification in health ergonomics whilst remaining in full- or part-time employment. It is especially suitable for medical practitioners (particularly occupational), production engineers, design engineers, safety personnel, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, environmental health officers, psychologists and scientists in other disciplines.
  • Entry requirements
    Typical entry requirements A recently completed BSc or BA degree or qualification in an equivalent biological, psychological, health, engineering or related discipline. Alternatively a professional qualification (non-graduate) and three years' (minimum) relevant work experience. All applicants must provide acceptable references from two referees, of whom at least one must be competent to judge the academic ability of the applicant. Those without a first degree or with insufficient professional qualifications may still be accepted onto the programme, subject to demonstration of satisfactory performance in a recognised and agreed access programme(s). Credit may be given for prior learning.
  • Academic Title
    MSc/PGDip in Health Ergonomics
  • Course description
    MSc/PGDip in Health Ergonomics Module overview

    The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded on the successful completion of eight modules. Candidates must attend the six core modules and choose two others from the elective list.

    The Master of Science Degree is awarded on the successful completion of the six core modules, two others from the elective list, the research preparation module and a dissertation. For each module there are 20 hours of preparation, 35 hours of contact time and 95 hours of programme work.

    Core Modules

    Biological Ergonomics (Anatomy, Biomechanics and Physiology)

    This module provides advanced knowledge and understanding of the biological basis of ergonomics. A second aim is to integrate this knowledge with a systems approach to health ergonomics.

    Psychological Issues in Work and Health
    This module provides knowledge and understanding of psychological theory and its application to ergonomics. A second aim is to integrate this knowledge with a systems approach to ergonomics.

    Ergonomics Methods 1: Quantitative
    This module provides advanced knowledge and understanding of practical ergonomics methods for the analysis of work systems. A second aim is to integrate this knowledge with a systems approach to health ergonomics.

    Ergonomics Methods 2: Qualitative
    This module provides advanced knowledge and understanding of practical ergonomics methods for the analysis of work systems. A second aim is to integrate this knowledge with a systems approach to ergonomics.

    Measuring Health and Illness
    This module provides students with the basic principles involved in assessing, recording and quantifying states of health in individuals and groups. A second aim is to integrate this knowledge with a systems approach to health ergonomics.

    Accidents, Human Error and System Design
    This module provides advanced ergonomics/human factors concepts and knowledge with a particular focus on accidents and the contribution of human error. A second aim is to integrate this knowledge to understand the design and failures in complex systems.

    Elective Modules

    -Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders
    -Work and Stress
    -Ergonomics Practice and Management
    -Ergonomics and Inclusive Design
    -Research Preparation Module and Dissertation for the MSc

    Programme length
    Up to 48 months, part-time

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