Occupational and Environmental Medicine PhD/MSc by Research

The Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is a World Health Organization Collaboration Centre in Occupational Health and has links with scientists in many countries. Research is divided into two overlapping and complementary areas: environment-oriented areas, which follow the tradition of preventive medicine with a focus on causal determinants; and outcome-oriented areas, which are based on clinical medicine and epidemiology.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MSc by Research: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: Research degrees may start at any time of the year, though for most this will be September

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Details

The Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) is a World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre in Occupational Health and has links with scientists in many countries, including Norway, Finland, United States, Taiwan, China, Chile and Brazil.

The IOEM conducts research and teaching programmes in occupational and environmental medicine, including occupational epidemiology, ergonomics, toxicology, hygiene, and other related disciplines. The main focus of activity is related to the assessment and management of risks arising from work activities.

We have a history of welcoming both home and international students and many alumni maintain contact with the Institute, allowing us to continually build working relationships at a national and international level. Research is divided into two overlapping and complementary areas:

  • Environment-oriented areas, which follow the tradition of preventive medicine with a focus on causal determinants
  • Outcome-oriented areas, which are based on clinical medicine and epidemiology

Doctoral and masters students are encouraged to seek the support and advice of senior staff for their studies and research career. 

Fees and funding

Standard fees  apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable 
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Research interests of staff

Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. To do this, you can browse the “research interests” tab on the course finder pages which identifies research leads by subject area.

Alternatively you can:

  • Search for an advertised postgraduate research opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine
  • Browse the school websites. Most schools provide a list of research active staff and their research interests on their website
  • Outdoor air pollution; indoor air pollution; environmental burden and pathways; occupational lung disease.
    Professor John Ayres
  • Environmental Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Health and Epidemiology; Respiratory Health
    Dr Hubert Lam
  • Occupational exposure assessment; methods for evaluating exposure to workplace hazards and effectiveness of control measures; risk assessment methodology for human health integrating exposures from occupational and environmental sources; use of bio-engineering techniques in occupational setting for assessing effectiveness of dermal protection methods; European risk assessment methods for metals.
    Dr Steven Sadhra
  • Occupational epidemiology: cohort, case-control, cross-sectional and nested case-control study designs; role of causal effects, bias, confounding and chance in epidemiological findings; measure of effect and causal inference; the identification and quantification of occupational cancer hazards.
    Professor Tom Sorahan

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005

Employability

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go

Contact

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor Steve Watson

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005