The Association of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Professionals​

Supporting you through your Occupational Health career

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Educational Provider

University of Nottingham

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University of Nottingham


Name : Jonathan Houdmont, Course Director, PG Dip/MSc Workplace Health and Wellbeing


Course Prospectus

Course Overview

The University of Nottingham’s online PG Dip/MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing was introduced in 2007, since when it has supported hundreds of students to develop their expertise on the creation of healthy workplaces that foster wellbeing and organisational effectiveness. The part-time course is structured to accommodate the professional commitments of working individuals. You will develop your evidence-based knowledge on the principles of maintaining a healthy and effective workforce, learning from experts with an international reputation for research and practice.

You will develop your understanding of:

  • scientific theory and evidence concerning relations between work, health, wellbeing and organisational effectiveness
  • the application of scientific knowledge in contemporary work settings
  • creating a health and wellbeing culture
  • using scientific methods to address workplace health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities.

The MSc develops practitioners to positively influence health and wellbeing in the ever-changing contemporary workplace. You will have the flexibility to progress through each module at your own pace. This makes it an ideal choice if you are balancing work and study commitments. The MSc is delivered online allowing you to study wherever you are based in the world.


Each module is assembled by a subject-matter expert with extensive experience of working with organisations to enhance health and wellbeing. Modules involve lectures, curated readings, and online seminars. You will also be allocated a personal tutor who is an expert in the field and available for regular one-to-one support. All modules are assessed by coursework, there are no exams.

Course Structure

The MSc is composed of six taught modules and one research-based module that are designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills required to protect and promote workplace health and wellbeing. (PG Dip students do not undertake the research-based module.) The modules are typically delivered between September and June.

In your first year, you will study three modules each worth 20 credits. During your second year, you will study a further three modules, each worth 20 credits. Upon completion of all six 20-credit modules you will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Wellbeing. If you want to graduate with a Masters degree, you must also complete a 60-credit applied research project. This is managed under the supervision of an academic with extensive experience of workplace health and wellbeing research and practice. Most students undertake the research project in Year 3, though this can be studied in Year 2 if you prefer.

You may apply for either the MSc or PG Dip. If you apply for the PG Dip and later decide to upgrade to the MSc your registration is transferred at the end of Year 1 or Year 2.

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