Occupational Health

BSc Occupational Health

Delivered online, this BSc Occupational Health course at Robert Gordon University is aimed at health professionals working or aspiring to work in occupational health. It is designed to provide a clear skill set from an educational programme; the course focuses on achieving standards of expertise sufficient for safe and effective occupational health practice.

Health care is an ever changing environment and this is particularly the case with occupational health where expertise is increasingly required to provide an effective work force. This programme enables you to develop your practise and accelerate your career progression.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years

In the course you will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles and concepts relevant to occupational health including:

  • Workplace health risk management
  • Health surveillance
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Mental wellbeing in the workplace
  • Absence management
  • Leadership
  • Occupational Health Management


We have on campus and virtual events to help you find out more about study, student experience and future career paths.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

This course is driven by a philosophy that is student centred, progressive, and practice-focused on occupational health. 

You will learn online using our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle and apply the theoretical learning to your practice. The learning will be assessed through theoretical assessments and projects.

How long is a BSc Occupational Health course?

An Occupational Health degree can be completed part time in 2 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.


Modules are assessed via written assignments and a case management report


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

This programme gives you the essential skills and expertise required by today’s occupational health professional to work within and develop and lead occupational health services, particularly in relation to clinical practice and leadership.

Is Occupational Health a good career choice?

Previous BSc Occupational Health graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Offshore Medic
  • Specialist Practitioner in Occupational Health
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Occupational Health Department Manager
  • Trainee Occupational Health Advisor

What is needed for a BSc Occupational Health degree?

The minimum entry requirement for this programme will normally be a suitable qualification as a health professional in a relevant topic, with the minimum of 240 credits at SCQF level 8 or equivalent. In addition students are expected to be working within occupational health practice.

English Language Requirements

All applicants who do not have English as their first language must provide evidence of English language proficiency of a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components, or its equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.


This Occupational Health course has the following tuition fees:

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • UK Students: £5,310 (£2,655 per annum)
  • EU Students: £5,310 (£2,655 per annum)
  • International Students: £10,980 (£5,490 per annum)

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • UK Students: £5,160 (£2,580 per annum)
  • EU Students: £5,160 (£2,580 per annum)
  • International Students: £10,660 (£5,330 per annum)

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2022 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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