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Environmental Health and Practice

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About this course

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Health and Social Sciences
University Centre Weston, Frenchay
Four years full-time; seven years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Phil Gilbert
Key fact:
Become a qualified environmental health practitioner (EHP) on this four-year integrated master's. Pass the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health professional interview after graduation to gain professional registration.

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Why study environmental health and practice?

Environmental health practitioners (EHPs) can make a real difference to public health and wellbeing by helping us to manage our natural and built environments effectively.

There's increasing demand for qualified EHPs in the public and private sectors, both in the UK and globally.

But to work in this field, practitioners need to pass an accredited undergraduate or master's degree in environmental health as well as three professional assessments.

Why UWE Bristol?

MSci Environmental Health and Practice is the only integrated master's of its kind in the UK. Over four years, you'll gain the knowledge, skills and experience to go straight into a rewarding career as an EHP.

Study earth sciences, the environment, public health, housing, food safety and health and safety regulation. Examine how best to manage varied situations using different systems and approaches, and become confident in applying them through scenario-based learning and simulations.

Get hands-on experience on placements and interventions through our partnerships with local authorities, housing associations, consultancies and Public Health England.

Meet practitioners and put your learning into practice on field trips and site visits learning how to assess risk, assess the environment and conduct audits.

In your final year, you'll complete your Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) so you can qualify for professional registration.

Where can it take me?

You'll need to pass a professional interview with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to become a registered EHP.

Being and Environmental Health professional enables you to move into roles with local authorities, consultancies, housing associations, the NHS or the armed forces.

You could work in environmental protection, pollution control, noise control, waste management, port health, housing standards, occupational health and safety at work, food safety, health promotion or public health.

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

  • Public Health Foundations
  • Earth Sciences
  • Public and Environmental Health Law
  • Healthy Housing
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Legal Systems and Legislation.

Year two

You will study:

  • Food Control
  • Environmental Protection
  • Health, Safety and Risk
  • Evidence Centred Work Based Learning.

Year three

You will study:

  • Professional Practice
  • Public Health Futures
  • Risk Management and Systems
  • Public Health (Improvement and Protection) Project.

Final year

You will study:

  • Housing (PPP)
  • Environmental Protection (PPP)
  • Food Safety (PPP)
  • Health and Safety.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different. 

Learning and Teaching

You'll be taught by our six permanent staff, who are all environmental health professionals. Learn through a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, site visits, field trips and practice-based learning.

Make use of our well-equipped libraries and online resources to support your studies.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You'll spend at least 12 hours a week in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and doing project work. You'll need to spend at least that much time again on independent study and preparing for assessments.


To help you develop the right knowledge and skills, we'll assess you using a mix of examinations and coursework, including presentations, poster assignments, a practical food inspection exam, interview and your Portfolio of Professional Practice.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).


Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

Through our links with industry and local government, you'll go on several short placements and interventions. You could work with local authorities or private consultancies in Gibraltar and Jersey.

Get help to find placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Go on a one-week residential field trip to Cornwall, to meet practitioners and conduct site visits, including waste management at Ginsters, water quality monitoring, and health and safety for food and events at the Eden Project.

Undertake site visits and simulations including risk assessments in our simulation house and a housing survey with Mendip Council.

Deepen your skills by carrying out health and safety audits for organisations such as National Trust, Land Rover or Jaguar. Complete environmental assessments in quarries and risk assessments in leisure facilities and our simulation house.

Build your Portfolio of Professional Practice, one of the requirements for becoming an accredited EHP.

Study facilities

For the first three years, you'll be based in University Centre Weston. The final year will take place at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus.

Access well-stocked libraries and comprehensive online resources to support your studies. Conduct risk assessments in our simulation house and test water quality in our physical geography laboratories.

Study microbiology and conduct chemistry experiments in our well-equipped labs.

Monitor noise using specialist equipment.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

As an environmental health professional, you can go into diverse careers with local authorities, consultancies, housing associations, private companies and the NHS or armed forces.

You could get into environmental protection, pollution control, noise control, waste management, port health and housing standards, occupational health and safety at work, food safety, health promotion or public health.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course- Years 1-3 at University Centre Weston

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee7950
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)994

Full Time Course- Year 4 at UWE

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Part Time Course- Years 1-5 at University Centre Weston

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)994

Part Time Course- Years 6-7 at UWE

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science requirement for this course: Applied Science, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths. Use of Maths, Physics, Psychology, Science in the Environment and Statistics.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject. BTEC Animal Management (or similar) is acceptable where at least six units in a science subject have been completed.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit in a Science subject and an additional 15 level 3 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in a higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

Applicants applying to join the MSci directly for year three will require a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) accredited FdSc and will have to pass the FdSc at 50% or higher.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

Please complete a UCAS application for full time study. For information regarding part-time applications, please contact the Higher Education Unit on 01934 411780 or email at

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