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Interested in promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace?

At Nottingham you'll study core topics on the protection and promotion of workers' health and wellbeing in a curriculum that is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world of work. Those studying the MSc will also conduct a research project developing cutting edge knowledge on the management of workplace health and wellbeing.

This distance learning course can be studied online when and where you want. It's designed to be applicable to a wide range of practitioners with an interest in workforce health and wellbeing. This includes occupational health nurses and physicians, health and safety practitioners, wellbeing specialists, HR professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, and many more.

Our expert course team led by Dr Jonathan Houdmont with additional teaching from Professor Amanda Griffiths and leading industry voices will help give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Why choose this course?

Flexible learning

Our distance learning approach means you can study when and where you want.

No exams

The course is purely assessed by coursework, meaning you won't have worry about exams.

Leading experts

Learn from research-active experts in the field

Course content

You will study a series of compulsory modules designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills required to protect and promote workplace health and wellbeing.

Study takes place throughout the year with taught elements of modules typically delivered between September and June.

Your first year of study involves three taught modules which make up the PGCert for a total of 60 credits.

MSc and PGDip students will then take a further three taught modules in their second year which make up the PGDip. Across the two years you will have completed modules worth a total of 120 credits.

MSc students will then take the research project module to achieve a total of 180 credits. This can be taken in your second year alongside the taught modules or separately in a third year. Many research projects generate important findings that are subsequently published in academic journals and practitioner outlets.   

Modules

The Management of Workplace Health (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This introductory module presents the case for evidence-based workplace health and wellbeing management and considers the role of horizon scanning for new and emerging risks.

In addition to input from the module convener (Professor Amanda Griffiths) and Course Director (Dr Jonathan Houdmont), this workshop-based module includes inspirational presentations from key influencers in the workplace health and wellbeing debate. Recent speakers have included Dr Shaun Davis (Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainability, Royal Mail Group), Dr Richard Heron (Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President Health, BP), Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer, EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation),  Louise Aston (Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community), and Nick Pahl (CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine).

Work-related stress (eLearning) 20 credits

Work-related stress is a leading cause of ill-health and impaired organisational effectiveness. This module establishes the scale of the problem and the imperative for its management, considers leading theoretical models that seek to provide an explanatory framework for the causes and consequences of work-related stress, and examines the application of these models to the management of work-related stress.  

Contemporary Issues in Workplace Health (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This workshop-based module considers a range of contemporary issues facing workplace health and wellbeing practitioners. Through presentations from the module convenor and a series of high-level guest speakers the module examines the role of theory and scientific evidence in understanding and managing these problems. The module provides an opportunity for students to focus on a workplace health and wellbeing challenge specifically related to their own interests or professional activities. 

Absence, Rehabilitation and Retention (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This module is delivered by Professor Amanda Griffiths with additional expert input from Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer at EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation) and Dr Barbara Kneale (Independent Occupational Physician). The module considers absence monitoring, analysis, and prevention. The module further explores the management of rehabilitation and barriers and facilitators to a sustained return to work.

Promotion of Workplace Health and Wellbeing (eLearning) 20 credits

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce and the workplace provides an ideal location in which to promote healthy behaviours. This module considers the business case for workplace health promotion, introduces psychological theories of behaviour change, and examines the application of these theories to informing the design of effective workplace health promotion interventions.

Workplace Health and Wellbeing Research and Evaluation Methods (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This module is about approaches to the design of workplace health studies, the collection of data, and the evaluation of that data with a view towards the construction of an evidence-based argument for the introduction of policies, procedures, and interventions that are designed to generate occupational health benefits. The emphasis throughout is on pragmatism in design, methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The underlying guiding principle to the module content is that there is no point in workplace health practitioners learning about such issues if, upon completion of the module, they are unlikely to have developed the knowledge, confidence, and vocabulary required to explain, justify and implement studies in the organisational setting.

By the end of this module you should: (a) understand the nature of the research process, (b) be able to develop a research question, (c) understand the ingredients of good research design, (d) be familiar with a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and aware of their strengths and limitations, and (e) be able to apply a host of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques.

Applied Research Project: Theory and Practice (eLearning) 60 credits

Upon completion of the six taught modules that comprise the Postgraduate Diploma, students wishing to obtain the Masters degree undertake an applied research project. This module provides the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the course to the task of designing, conducting, and writing-up a piece of research that has the potential to make a positive impact on workplace health and wellbeing. Most students undertake a study in their own place of work or that of a customer or colleague. 

Projects cover a wide range of topics, reflecting students’ interests.

Publications

The best projects are jointly prepared by the student and their supervisor for publication in academic journals. Examples include

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 09 November 2020.
The Management of Workplace Health (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This introductory module presents the case for evidence-based workplace health and wellbeing management and considers the role of horizon scanning for new and emerging risks.

In addition to input from the module convener (Professor Amanda Griffiths) and Course Director (Dr Jonathan Houdmont), this workshop-based module includes inspirational presentations from key influencers in the workplace health and wellbeing debate. Recent speakers have included Dr Shaun Davis (Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainability, Royal Mail Group), Dr Richard Heron (Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President Health, BP), Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer, EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation),  Louise Aston (Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community), and Nick Pahl (CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine).

Work-related stress (eLearning) 20 credits

Work-related stress is a leading cause of ill-health and impaired organisational effectiveness. This module establishes the scale of the problem and the imperative for its management, considers leading theoretical models that seek to provide an explanatory framework for the causes and consequences of work-related stress, and examines the application of these models to the management of work-related stress.  

Contemporary Issues in Workplace Health (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This workshop-based module considers a range of contemporary issues facing workplace health and wellbeing practitioners. Through presentations from the module convenor and a series of high-level guest speakers the module examines the role of theory and scientific evidence in understanding and managing these problems. The module provides an opportunity for students to focus on a workplace health and wellbeing challenge specifically related to their own interests or professional activities. 

Absence, Rehabilitation and Retention (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This module is delivered by Professor Amanda Griffiths with additional expert input from Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer at EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation) and Dr Barbara Kneale (Independent Occupational Physician). The module considers absence monitoring, analysis, and prevention. The module further explores the management of rehabilitation and barriers and facilitators to a sustained return to work.

Promotion of Workplace Health and Wellbeing (eLearning) 20 credits

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce and the workplace provides an ideal location in which to promote healthy behaviours. This module considers the business case for workplace health promotion, introduces psychological theories of behaviour change, and examines the application of these theories to informing the design of effective workplace health promotion interventions.

Workplace Health and Wellbeing Research and Evaluation Methods (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This module is about approaches to the design of workplace health studies, the collection of data, and the evaluation of that data with a view towards the construction of an evidence-based argument for the introduction of policies, procedures, and interventions that are designed to generate occupational health benefits. The emphasis throughout is on pragmatism in design, methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The underlying guiding principle to the module content is that there is no point in workplace health practitioners learning about such issues if, upon completion of the module, they are unlikely to have developed the knowledge, confidence, and vocabulary required to explain, justify and implement studies in the organisational setting.

By the end of this module you should: (a) understand the nature of the research process, (b) be able to develop a research question, (c) understand the ingredients of good research design, (d) be familiar with a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and aware of their strengths and limitations, and (e) be able to apply a host of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 09 November 2020.
The Management of Workplace Health (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This introductory module presents the case for evidence-based workplace health and wellbeing management and considers the role of horizon scanning for new and emerging risks.

In addition to input from the module convener (Professor Amanda Griffiths) and Course Director (Dr Jonathan Houdmont), this workshop-based module includes inspirational presentations from key influencers in the workplace health and wellbeing debate. Recent speakers have included Dr Shaun Davis (Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainability, Royal Mail Group), Dr Richard Heron (Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President Health, BP), Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer, EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation),  Louise Aston (Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community), and Nick Pahl (CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine).

Work-related stress (eLearning) 20 credits

Work-related stress is a leading cause of ill-health and impaired organisational effectiveness. This module establishes the scale of the problem and the imperative for its management, considers leading theoretical models that seek to provide an explanatory framework for the causes and consequences of work-related stress, and examines the application of these models to the management of work-related stress.  

Absence, Rehabilitation and Retention (two-day workshop) 20 credits

This module is delivered by Professor Amanda Griffiths with additional expert input from Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer at EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation) and Dr Barbara Kneale (Independent Occupational Physician). The module considers absence monitoring, analysis, and prevention. The module further explores the management of rehabilitation and barriers and facilitators to a sustained return to work.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 09 November 2020.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • eLearning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Webinars

As a distance learning course, you will primarily learn using online tools. However, we do deliver some of our modules as two-day intensive workshops in Nottingham, usually in September and March of each year. These workshops are recorded to ensure that if you are not able to attend you will not be academically disadvantaged. As a result, international students are not required to attend but may do so if they wish.

E-learning modules are delivered online and are made up of video lectures and online activities. We also provide weekly non-mandatory webinars throughout your first year which are recorded to help those who are unable to attend. You will also be supported by frequent opportunities for group discussion online.

For those taking the MSc, your research project will typically be supervised through video conferencing with your supervisor.  

You will also have a personal tutor – Dr Jonathan Houdmont or Professor Amanda Griffiths - that will provide support and guidance throughout your studies.    

How you will be assessed

  • Essay
  • Online workbook
  • Journal paper report
  • Research process review

Your work will be assessed at the end of each module through a variety of means.

To complete a module and gain its credits you will need to make sure you get over the 50% pass mark.

In order to achieve the MSc, you will need a total of 180 credits.

In order to achieve the PGDip, you will need a total of 120 credits.

In order to achieve the PGCert, you will need a total of 60 credits.

Contact time and study hours

Students can learn the course content over a period of 24 or 36 months.

You are expected to work roughly 10 hours for each credit on the course including teaching and independent study, so a 20 credit module should take around 200 hours to complete or around a total of 25 eight-hour days. However, this is dependent on how the module is delivered. 

Typically you'll spend around 15 hours per week learning and studying. Between September and June students typically dedicate one full day each weekend and two evenings each week to their studies.

Throughout the first year of study we hold weekly non-mandatory webinars to support your learning weekly (usually Tuesday evening at 7pm UK time). Recordings are made available afterwards.

Workshop modules are provided by two 8 hour days of face-to face workshop teaching in Nottingham. Recordings are made available afterwards for international students and others who may not be able to attend in person.

Supervision times for the research project are organised between you and your supervisor, and will typically take place through video conferencing.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:2 in any subject.
Additional information

You must also have access to a personal computer with broadband internet access and a webcam in order to complete the course.

You do not need to provide a reference when applying.

Applying

If you have any questions about applying to the course or studying at the University of Nottingham, please use our enquiry form

You can also contact the course director, Dr Jonathan Houdmont, if you have any questions about the course content.

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

Qualification MSc PGDip PGCert
Home / UK £10,500 £7,000 £3,500
International £10,500 £7,000 £3,500

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses such as travel and accommodation.

UK students are expected to attend up to four two-day campus-based workshops. International students may also wish to attend these but are not expected to. 

You will be able to access most of your learning materials online. In addition, you may wish to purchase your own copies of specific books.

Funding

At Nottingham there are two course-specific scholarships for students:

  • The BP Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship
  • The Royal Mail Group Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship

These competitive scholarships will cover the full cost of the MSc. To be eligible, a student must achieve an overall distinction grade in the first year.

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers. Some are self-employed workplace health and wellbeing consultants and many work for organisations in health and wellbeing management roles. Others have gone on to have responsibility for their organisation’s health and wellbeing remit as part of a wider role.         

Career progression

90.3% of postgraduates from the School of Medicine secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £38,889.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates
" We introduced the Masters in Workplace Health and Wellbeing in 2007 to help practitioners develop the theoretical and evidence-based knowledge required to foster an organisational culture which recognises that employee health and wellbeing underpins organisational effectiveness. I am immensely proud of our graduates for the ways in which they use that knowledge to contribute daily to creating happy, healthy, and productive workplaces. "
Dr Jonathan Houdmont, Course Director

Related courses

The University has been awarded Gold for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Monday 09 November 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.