Masters | Postgraduate Course - Environment and Human Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 For 2019/20, fees will be charged pro rata per 30 credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year. UK/EU: £8,600 full-time; £4,300 part-time International: £21,100 full-time Pro Rata Module fees Fees per 15 credit module: UK/EU: £700 International: £1,750
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Environment and Human Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

Study Details

MSc: 1 year FT; 2 years PT; Modular 3 years PgDip: FT 1 year FT; 2 years PT PgCert: FT over 1 year, PT over 2 years

  • 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.

Module details

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 (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)


Compulsory modules

  • HPDM027 Contemporary Environment and Human Health 15
  • HPDM028 Postgraduate Skills and Evidence 15
  • HPDM029 Nature, Health and Wellbeing 15
  • HPDM030 Environmental Science and Population Health 15
  • HPDM031 Project Design and Grantsmanship 15
  • HPDM032 Ecological Public Health 15
  • HPDM000 Dissertation 60

Optional modules

  • HPDM033 Global Public Health and Environmental Change 15
  • HPDM034 Research Methods for Practice 15
  • GEOM158 Understanding Environmental Change 15
  • GEOM363B Themes in Climate Change 15

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.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

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.