Postgraduate study
This course will help you develop the knowledge to advise organisations on cost-effective ways to improve employee health and wellbeing. 
MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing
2 or 3 years part time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in an undergraduate degree in any subject or the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health Level 6 Diploma. Applicants with a pass (or international equivalent) in an undergraduate degree may be offered a place on the Postgraduate Certificate and upon successful completion progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degree.
Other requirements
Professional experience in a relevant field. This may include, among others, occupational health, wellbeing, safety, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, human resources, etc.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£9,450 - Terms apply
International fees
£9,450 - Terms apply
Jubilee Campus



This course is for those who:

  • Want to enhance their theory- and evidence-based knowledge on the management of health and wellbeing at work
  • Recognise that worker health and wellbeing are key to sustainable organisational effectiveness

Key facts

  • Non-clinical
  • Focused on the integration of workplace health and wellbeing at the strategic level
  • Designed to be studied while working
  • Delivered by leading experts via e-learning supplemented by occasional campus-based workshops that are optional for international students
  • Students are drawn from numerous professional groups and include occupational health specialists and nurses, occupational physicians, safety practitioners, occupational therapists, human resource professionals, occupational hygienists, senior managers etc.
Why study Workplace Health and Wellbeing

What our students say

"The MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing has provided me with some essential practical tools, a better understanding of contemporary workplace health and wellbeing issues, and greater insight into the challenges, and opportunities, facing organisations. It wasn’t long before I was able to start applying some of these learnings to
support my clients in achieving their objectives. Furthermore, it has offered a great opportunity to network, knowledge-share, and collaborate with some fantastically talented and knowledgeable people."

- Louise Ramsay (2018 graduate)

"The experience and knowledge of the staff you will find to be exceptional. My project supervisor was supportive with open lines of communication providing guidance and support in addition to having leading knowledge in the disciplines that will be studied."

- Andrew Pritchard (2017 graduate)

See more student testimonials for a description of some of the ways that graduates have applied the knowledge and skills acquired on the course in their careers. 




Full course details

Course director

Dr Jonathan Houdmont, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of Medicine

Course duration

The Workplace Health and Wellbeing programme is available as a masters degree (2 or 3 years part time), postgraduate diploma (2 years part time), and postgraduate certificate (1 year part time).

Students who achieve a Distinction grade in the MSc may progress to the Professional Doctorate in Workplace Health and Wellbeing.


Teaching and Learning

Three modules are delivered by elearning. The elearning materials include video lectures, podcasts, and written materials, all of which is located within a virtual learning environment that can be accessed anywhere in the world via an internet-connected computer or tablet.

The elearning modules are supported by seminars during term time that are hosted in an online web-conference facility. Seminars are recorded to ensure that those who cannot attend are not disadvantaged. The course director provides academic support via Skype, email or phone, according to a student’s preference. 

Two of the PGCert modules and one of the PGDip modules are delivered as two-day intensive workshops in Nottingham. Workshops are recorded, and the recordings uploaded to the virtual learning environment, for the benefit of those who cannot attend. International students often choose to view the recordings rather than attend in person.   

Modules are assessed by essay. There are no exams. Many students have been out of education for a number of years; as such, extensive guidance and support is provided on essay preparation.


Course team

Dr Jonathan Houdmont directs the MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing and convenes the three modules that are delivered by elearning. Jonathan is an occupational health psychologist whose research is centred on psychosocial issues in high-stress occupational groups including the police and prison services. He also researches the application of psychological models of behavior change to encouraging healthy behaviours in the workplace.

Professor Amanda Griffiths convenes the three modules that are delivered as three-day intensive campus-based workshops. Amanda is also an occupational health psychologist. Her current research interests involve working with medical practitioners and occupational health and safety experts, towards the prevention and management of occupational ill-health, particularly mental-ill health.


Workload: Balancing work, life and study

Most students continue with full time work alongside study. There are three assessment deadlines each year, enabling students to schedule their studies around busy professional and domestic lives.

The amount of study time required for success varies considerably; as a general rule, during the academic year most students dedicate alternate weekends (or one day each weekend) plus one (or sometimes two) weekday evening(s) to their studies.

Should a student be unable to manage the study workload due to unforeseen domestic or professional challenges, studies may be interrupted for a year without incurring further fees. 


Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma

We accept applications directly onto the Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, and Postgraduate Certificate. Many students apply for the MSc at the outset though some prefer to initially register on the PGCert or PGDip with the option to progress to the MSc; there are no cost-related or study-duration implications to this staged approach.  

Course structure

WHW Year Planner PDF format

  • Postgraduate certificate (60 credits)
    3 modules
  • Postgraduate diploma (120 credits)
    6 modules
  • MSc (180 credits)
    6 taught modules plus an applied research project
  • DocWHW
    50,000-word thesis 
Accreditation for Prior Learning

All students are required to take each module; no accreditation for prior learning can be offered. The reason for this is twofold:

  1. The modules (and accompanying optional web conference tutorials) follow a sequence and build on one another, and
  2. All learning uses the very latest scientific research so even if a student has studied a similar topic at a previous point in time the chances are that knowledge in the area will have moved on.
Learning Resources

The course is delivered within a dynamic online learning environment that is supported by regular online video-conference tutorials and seminars. The University of Nottingham boasts an extensive elibrary facility through which many thousands of journals and ebooks can be accessed online.





The Management of Workplace Health (2-day workshop)

Module Convenor: Professor Amanda Griffiths

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.

The workshop-based module includes inspirational presentations from key influencers in the workplace health and wellbeing debate including Shaun Davis (Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainability at Royal Mail Group), Dr Richard Heron (Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President Health at BP), Dr Sayeed Khan (Chief Medical Officer at EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation), and Michael O’Donnell (Medical Director at Health Management Limited).   

Work-related stress (eLearning)

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Houdmont

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.  

Workplace Health Promotion (elearning)

Module Convenor : Dr Jonathan Houdmont

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.


Contemporary Issues in Workplace Health (2-day workshop)

Module Convenor: Professor Amanda Griffiths

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 (2-day workshop)

Module Convenor: Professor Amanda Griffiths

This workshop-based module is delivered by Professor 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.   


Workplace Health Research and Evaluation Methods (elearning)

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Houdmont

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 (e-learning)

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Houdmont

Module Aims: 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. 

Publications: The best projects are jointly prepared by the student and their supervisor for publication in academic or practitioner journals; recent examples include UK postal workers’ sun safety knowledge and practices (Occupational Medicine), Acceptance of repeat worksite HIV voluntary counselling and testing in a rural South African factory (AIDS Care), and Overtime and psychological wellbeing among Chinese officer workers (Occupational Medicine). 

IOSH Student Prize: Each year the best two student projects are put forward for the IOSH Health and Safety Student Research Competition. This award recognises the important role that student research plays in improving occupational safety and health policy and practice. To date our students have reached the final each year.

Recent finalists include Occupation-specific psychosocial hazards and burnout among older firefighters (Tracey Mitchell), Weight and activity levels in firefighters with different work contracts (Jane Beale), and Psychosocial work conditions in a manufacturing setting: relations with individual and organizational health (Mel Whitmore).



The above is a sample of the typical modules that 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees. This includes travel and accommodation for attendance at occasional two-day campus-based workshops (MSc students attend three workshops, PG Dip students attend two, and PG Cert students one).

You should be able to access most of the learning materials through our online library, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles which could cost up to £100. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.


BP Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship

The BP Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that involves an award of the full MSc course fee. The scholarship recognises academic excellence with a strong commitment to the translation of theory and scientific evidence into workplace practice. To be eligible a student must achieve an overall distinction grade in the first year of the course.  

Previous recipients

2018 - Joanne Kelly

Jo is a Senior Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon at a large multi-branch practice in the North East of England. She has seen first-hand the issues that face veterinary professionals in the workplace and has become passionate about tackling work-related stress and poor mental wellbeing in employees, particularly in the caring professions. Jo has been inspired by the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Masters and has set up a group within her practice to champion wellbeing projects, and presented to colleagues on initiatives to address factors affecting wellbeing.

“I am honoured to have been awarded the BP Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship. I have learned a great deal on the course so far, and I am excited to embark on my research project in the hope that I can make a contribution to the field.” 

2017 - Louise Ramsay

Louise is director and founder of Skyrocket Wellness Ltd., providing integrated sustainable and accessible health and well-being solutions to consultancy, training workshops, and stress management programmes. Louise is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, qualified wellness coach, the global trainer for Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline. Louise is passionate about working with organisations to help their employees move better, feel better and have more energy, with all the personal and professional benefits this can bring to both the organisation and the employee.

“I am delighted and extremely grateful for the generous support awarded through the BP workplace health and well-being scholarship. It will play a significant role in facilitating my MSc journey, which is providing me with the depth and breadth of knowledge, and tools, to help change the health and well-being landscape and culture for small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly within Scotland.” 

2016 - Jamie Green

Jamie is the Senior Occupational Health Nurse for education sector occupational health company APL Health. Jamie observes the importance of effective evidence-based workplace health and wellbeing interventions on a daily basis in her work with teachers and support staff. She has a passionate and innovative approach to workplace health and wellbeing, influenced by personal and professional experiences.

“I feel extremely blessed and grateful to have been awarded the BP Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to complete my MSc and continue to positively impact my sector through the valuable knowledge and skills obtained from this course.”

2015 - Carolyne Crowe

Carolyne runs Carolyne Crowe Coaching, providing coaching, health and wellbeing training and support to veterinary professionals. Carolyne is a qualified and respected veterinary surgeon. She is an experienced personal performance, leadership coach and international speaker, working with both business owners and team members within the veterinary and medical sector.

Carolyne is passionate about minmising workplace stress, improving wellbeing and helping others have healthier, happier and more productive lives.

“I am delighted to have been awarded the BP Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship. I’m very excited as this scholarship will enable me to produce evidence based research, that when disseminated, will make a real difference to the professional workplace.”

2012 - Helen Rowe

Helen is a registered nurse who, after qualifying, specialized in emergency care. In 2007 after working overseas for a number of years she commenced work with a remote site medical provider, working with a large seismic research company as a lone remote site medic on board seismic vessels. During her time offshore she was responsible for all medical issues as well as giving occupational health and safety advice. In March 2012 she graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons with a PGDip Remote and Offshore Medicine. In Sept 2012 Helen commenced the MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing with the aim of furthering her knowledge in this area. Her passion and long-term aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of those involved in the offshore and seismic industries.



Royal Mail Group Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship

The Royal Mail Group Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that involves an award of the full MSc course fee. The scholarship recognises academic excellence with a strong commitment to the translation of theory and scientific evidence into workplace practice. To be eligible a student must achieve an overall distinction grade in the first year of the course.  

Previous recipients

2018 – Trudi McHugh

Trudi is the Occupational Health Advisor in a global technology organisation based in Ireland. She has a passion for workplace health and wellbeing and is evangelical about the collaborative effort that is required to provide sustained improvements to the health and wellbeing of all employees. Her experience of the impact of physical and mental health issues in the workplace led her to choosing the MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, and the knowledge gained thus far has proven invaluable. She would highly recommend the course as a vehicle for instigating real change in the approaches to workplace healthcare management on an individual and organisational level. Trudi is so delighted and proud to have been awarded the Royal Mail Group Workplace Health & Wellbeing Scholarship, which has added hugely to the sense of achievement at having successfully completed the first year.

“I am enormously grateful to the RMG for the support to continue my studies and hope that my final year project will be seen as benefitting the field of workplace health and wellbeing”.  

2017 - Jo Faichney

Jo is an HR Advisor at a medium sized general further education college in the North East of England and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Jo’s role includes generalist HR advice, including employee relations case work and management of sickness absence as key aspects of her job role.  Jo also leads on health and wellbeing within the organisation and has organised a number of initiatives and programmes to increase the profile of the health and wellbeing agenda within the organisation, achieving the Bronze, Silver and Gold standards of the North East Better Health at Work Award. Jo is particularly passionate about increasing participation in physical activity and minimising sedentary time in the workplace, given the strong link to both physical and mental health and wellbeing. Jo is an England Athletics Leader in Running Fitness which involves leading groups within her local running club and dedicated workplace running group, in addition to completing volunteer work as a Community Health Champion within the local area. 

"I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the RMG Workplace Health and Wellbeing Scholarship and extremely grateful to RMG for this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to completing my second year of the MSc and hope that the knowledge gained can benefit my organisation and community work."

2016 - Alex Alderslade

Alex is an engineering graduate who has for several years run a small safety and compliance organisation from Bristol focusing on safety matters and education. In order to continue his pursuit of further education and enjoyment of studying Alex began the University of Nottingham's MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing in 2015 which he is thoroughly enjoying. Alex has really enjoyed the range of topics covered and feels as though every unit is linked to real world applications with real, tangible benefits to be seen by applying the knowledge learnt from each one. He is also looking forward to conducting his upcoming research project, hoping that it will contribute, if even in just a very small way, to improving the health and wellbeing of workers in the real world.  

2015 - James Rind

James Rind is an Occupational Health Physiotherapist at WorkStrong, which specialises in the provision of musculoskeletal services to UK organisations. Professionally James has seen the importance that maintaining physical activity plays in the improvement of both physical and mental health of employees.

James said: “I am very excited to have been awarded the RMG scholarship, it will allow me to complete my studies within the area of workplace Health & Wellbeing for which I have a great passion. I offer huge thanks to RMG for their generous support to me during this excellent course.”

Shaun Davis, Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability at Royal Mail Group, commented:

“The safety, health and wellbeing of employees in Royal Mail Group is paramount and so we are delighted to be able to work with The University of Nottingham and support their MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing. Working together not only demonstrates our organisational commitment to the incredibly important area of workplace health and wellbeing but it also gives us the potential to network with, and sponsor, the health and wellbeing leaders of the future, as we work together to ensure that organisations' activities are underpinned by a strong corporate focus on employee health and wellbeing.”



Student loans

Postgraduate student loans

In November 2015 the UK government announced the introduction of postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 for students o a Masters course. Loans can be used to pay tuition fees or living costs and repayment begins upon completion of your course. Eligibility criteria are shown in Annex 2.

Professional and career development loans
UK students may be able to secure a Professional and Career Development Loan that is offered at a reduced interest rate paid by the government while you are studying. 


Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding

Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the Health Education England East Midlands. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.


Careers and professional development

The MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing is aimed at those who are currently, and those who aspire to be, involved in the management of contemporary issues in employee health and wellbeing. This may, for example, relate to careers in occupational health and/or safety, nursing, human resource management, occupational hygiene, occupational therapy, and others. 

Career destinations

This document details typical employment opportunities for which the MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing prepares students.    

What our students say

See our student testimonials for a description of some of the ways that graduates have applied the knowledge and skills acquired on the course of their careers. 


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013–2019, High Fliers Research




This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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