Workplace Health and Wellbeing (Distance eLearning) (MSc)

University of Nottingham the United Kingdom

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About Workplace Health and Wellbeing (Distance eLearning) at University of Nottingham

This programme is an innovative development in education and training for those who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in the management of contemporary issues in workplace health. Comprehensive information for prospective students can be found on the MSc in Workplace Health website.

The MSc in Workplace Health is provided by the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at The University of Nottingham, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health and internationally renowned centre of excellence in research and postgraduate education. The course is directed by Dr Jonathan Houdmont.

Key features:

    • part-time, e-learning (7 modules) and 3-day intensive seminars (3 modules) over two years


    • a prestigious, multi-disciplinary line-up of expert speakers


    • an active network of past and present students


    • telephone, video and on-line support from tutors and a dedicated technical advisor


    • course materials provided online


    • no exams!


    • considers state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and implications for practice


    • recommended for professional development by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Endorsed by the British Safety Council (BSC) and supported by the Engineering Employers Federation


    • an individual and organisational (non-clinical) perspective on: health, attitudes and behaviour change; attendance management; rehabilitation; business continuity; legislation and guidance; organisational research skills; preventing work-related stress; working hours; workforce diversity, and many more areas...


  • the potential to improve health and performance in your organisation

This pioneering programme was developed in consultation with over 30 leading national experts in workplace health and almost 1,700 members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health to pinpoint emerging priorities in workplace health and to identify practitioner education and training needs. A Programme Advisory Board is consulted regularly to inform future curriculum developments, ensuring that the course remains cutting-edge and continues to meet practitioner needs.

The Workplace Health programme adopts a blended learning format that combines campus-based intensive workshops with e-learning materials. E-learning has been shown to be a particularly suitable learning medium for practitioners to pursue professional development.

Benefits include:

    • study when and where is convenient to you


    • learn at a pace that suits you


    • suitable for a wide range of learning styles


    • collaborate with and learn from fellow students irrespective of location


    • interactivity in learning - no more ploughing through textbooks


  • easy availability of tutor support

Key facts

    • Teaching within the Institute is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world


    • In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 95% of the Institute's research was rated as 'International' with 70% 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (with Nottingham University Business School)


  • In the last Teaching Quality Assessment, the Institute was awarded 24 / 24 with a commendation for teaching (with the School of Psychology)

Course Content

The MSc in Workplace Health is taught over ten sequential modules and covers many of the contemporary issues affecting workplace health (e.g. mental health problems, work-related driving, pandemics, the ageing workforce, etc):

    • The Management of Workplace Health


    • Stress, Organisations and Culture


    • Health Legislation, Guidance and Standards for Managing Stress


    • Health: Changing Attitudes and Behaviour


    • Contemporary Issues in Workplace Health


    • Marketing Workplace Health


    • Applied Research Dissertation


    • Absence, Rehabilitation and Retention


    • Research and Evaluation Methods


  • Applied Research Project: Theory and Practice

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The final three modules listed above are specific to the MSc. The module in Research and Evaluation Methods will introduce you to a range of data collection and analysis methods, and aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for health surveillance and the identification of emerging risks, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of organisational interventions.

The Applied Research Project module will give you the opportunity to conduct either an extended literature review or an applied piece of organisational research on the work-related health issue of your choice.

Course Structure

The MSc in Workplace Health is taught on a part-time basis over two years.

The programme is delivered via a blend of e-learning and campus based workshops:

    • Intensive three-day workshops: including lectures, structured discussions and guest presentations by leading national experts.


  • E-learning: online learning materials include streaming video, PowerPoint, individual and group activities presented within a fully integrated virtual learning environment.

If you do not wish to commit to an MSc at the outset, you may register for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Workplace Health and later transfer to the MSc.

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Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element) 

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