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Environmental Health Professional Practice

This programme is scheduled to run September 2019 subject to accreditation.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Health and Social Sciences
One year full-time; up to five years part-time
September start, full-time, part-time
Programme leader:
Phil Gilbert
Key fact:
This practice-based course is a means of achieving the Portfolio of Professional Practice and forms part of the pathway to registration with the Environmental Health Officers Registration Board (EHRB).

Page last updated 31 January 2019


UWE Bristol is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the leading centres for education in Environmental Health.

Our MSc Environmental Health Professional Practice course has been developed for graduates of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health CIEH-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate Environmental Health courses who are looking to complete the requirements of the Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) for registration as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP).

Designed to incorporate the CIEH's requirements for the Portfolio of Professional Practice, the course will provide students with practical opportunities to complete the interventions in the Food Safety, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing and Health and Public Health Fields.

This course is a great opportunity to participate and be assessed in a series of practical activities within the intervention fields required for the PPP and to support the CIEH Professional Interview assessment.

Career enhancement

If you are already a registered practitioner and are looking to change direction within environmental health or to refresh your existing skills, then this course is an excellent and efficient means of achieving that goal. There is also flexibility as to how you study and use course modules. All modules are available through our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme. These modules can be further supported by modules from the MSc Environmental Health and MSc Environmental Health (Distance Learning).

Accreditations and partnerships:



The full Master's course is comprised of 180 credits divided into three 60 credit stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each one to progress to the next.

You will study:

  • Housing (PPP)
  • Environmental Protection (PPP)
  • Food Safety (PPP)
  • Health and Safety (PPP)
  • Integrating Environmental Health Practice
  • Public Health (Improvement and Protection) Project (PPP)

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

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. Ichanges to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is fully supported by on-line materials and full access to the library.

Student learning is achieved through practice based interventions building on previous knowledge gained through appropriate UG/PG study. Students are facilitated to develop professional skills and competencies through this process with the support of UWE Bristol staff who are CIEH trained PPP assessors.

Three of the UWE Bristol campuses - Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton, and University Centre Weston, Weston-Super-Mare are used to deliver the practical activities. These are further supplemented by interventions taking place with Local Authorities and businesses in the local area.

Students will be provided with appropriate reading, including legislation, guidance, supporting literature etc. and briefing material for each activity in advance of the required attendance. All this will be made available through our online portal.

Students will be allocated individual tutors for support and guidance, and all course mentors are qualified Environmental Health Practitioners with extensive experience helping students prepare for professional assessments. There are also student advisors available, who can help find resources and support services.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Completion of all modules leading to the Masters takes one academic year.

The Programme Leader is happy to discuss individual's specific arrangements.


Assessment varies between modules but normally consists of a portfolio and viva, however presentations and interviews will be used.

Formative assessment is provided for each module to develop skills and practice.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

The MSc is accredited to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's (CIEH) 2011 curriculum.

Study facilities

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

The course is delivered by UWE Bristol staff and Practitioners who are CIEH PPP Assessors.

Flexible Learning and Development

For those in practice who have yet to complete their CIEH PPP due to difficulty accessing the field activities, we can offer individual modules as assessed CPD. These aspects of the PPP would be undertaken at and assessed by UWE Bristol, who will then inform the CIEH of the outcome. Any activities undertaken independently can be submitted to the CIEH for assessment in the usual manner.

If you're a fully qualified Environmental Health Practitioner, you can use your Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP) or Professional Practice Portfolio (PPP) as accredited experiential learning towards an MSc in Professional Development (EH). To find out more, please email the Programme Leader


Careers / Further study

Employment opportunities are expanding for Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs). They are employed by both local government and industry, especially in food manufacturing, retail and the leisure sector.  Demand for EHPs in the public health sector is also rising as are the number of opportunities for Environmental Consultants. EHPs are also employed by the Food Standards AgencyPublic Health England and the Environment Agency.

Registered status as an EHP enables career enhancement and is also well recognised abroad in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and America.

Watch the CIEHs short film about where your career can take you.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee6750
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)563
International-Full Time-Award Fee14500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1208

Supplementary fee information

For information about funding for postgraduate courses see our funding pages.


Entry requirements

A CIEH accredited BSc Hons, PgDip or MSc in Environmental Health.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications

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