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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Avondale Foods
  • Belfast City Council
  • Dunnes Stores
  • Foyle Meats
  • Genesis Crafty
  • Kerry Foods
  • Moy Park

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Quality Assurance Auditing
  • Emergency Planning Officer
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Graduate Trainee Manager


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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An innovative and dynamic programme with excellent career opportunities.


Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of restaurants, shops, businesses and government?

Would you like a broad knowledge of issues such as food safety, health and safety, housing, public health or pollution?

Do you want a degree that leads to a career where you are out of the office meeting people and dealing with different challenges each day? A degree that has very good employment prospects, locally and internationally, in well paid graduate jobs?

Would you like to study on a course that provides this, plus lots more? Then come and study a degree in Environmental Health at Ulster.

Our graduates are equipped to find employment in a wide range of environmental health activities across public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Environmental Health Practitioners ( EHPs) can take their skills into a huge variety of roles. It is a career where you are out of the office meeting people and dealing with different challenges every day.

This BSc (Hons) Environmental Health programme has great strength in delivering the practical and academic skills required for a career in environmental health including problem solving, communication, research and management skills. It also aims to facilitate the development of your own personal, communication and intellectual abilities.

The course includes the core subjects of food safety management, health and safety at work, environmental protection, housing and public health. The areas of sustainability, quality of life, health inequalities, law and spatial planning are also integrated throughout the programme.

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About this course

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Structure & content

Normally you will complete the programme in four years, including an optional one year professional placement in year 3.

You will study a range of modules covering all aspects of environmental health including

• Occupational Health and Safety;
• Food Safety;
• Planning;
• Housing;
• Public Health and;
• Environmental Protection.

The course also delivers a depth of understanding of the holistic and integrative nature of environmental health.

Some areas of environmental health such as public health, health inequalities, health improvement and sustainable development benefit from being delivered in conjunction with others. These are referred to as ‘overriding themes’ and are integrated into most modules.

The course has great strengths in delivering operational skills. These skills include communication, research skills, managerial skills and team work.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


The course will last for four years (including one year placement, year 3).

You are expected to attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory practicals etc, on campus, usually 3.5 days per week (approximately 17 hours/week). Significant independent study is undertaken in addition to these activities.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is ABC including one Grade A from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Home Economics, Food, Nutrition and Health or Health and Social Care.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.


Successful completion of BTEC National Diploma/OCR Extended Diploma in science based subject, with DDM profile (to include 9 Distinctions) with Merits in approprite Science modules.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving requirement for this course is H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include one in a science based subject (ie. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geography or Home Economics).

English at Grade H6 or above (Higher Level) or Grade O4 or above at Ordinary Level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include grade B in one science (ie. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geography, Home Economics or Food, Nutrition and Health).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include one science (ie. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geography, Home Economics or Food, Nutrition and Health).

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points with 13 at higher level to include one science (ie. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geography, or Home Economics).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Science Access Diploma with a minimum mark of 70%. At least three quarters of the modules must be at level 3 in science subjects ie Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and/or General Science.


GCSE Profile to include Grade C in English and Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Other UK university validated science access qualifications with an overall average mark of 70% . At least three quarters of the modules must be at level 3 in science subjects ie physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and/or general science.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching Methods

A range of teaching and learning methods are used to encourage you to embrace a knowledge seeking approach, to build up confidence in your own ability to learn, to encourage reflection and to make reasoned judgements based on available evidence.

The teaching and learning methods are designed to allow you academic and subject progression from Year 1 to final year.

Year 1 – the emphasis is on raising your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of environmental health stressors and their health impacts.
Year 2 – selected environmental health stressors, impacts and interventions are studied in greater depth and the interrelationships are considered.
Year 4 – studies will concentrate on research, strategies, policies, partnership working, synthesis and evaluations.

In Year 1 the teaching is delivered in lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, group work and seminars, complemented by visiting professionals. In subsequent years you are increasingly directed to student centred learning, through individual reading, research groups, projects, case studies, oral and visual presentations and interviews. In the final year a high proportion of the learning process is by directed study through integrative case studies and the research project.

Case Studies
Case studies develop skills including the ability to study in depth, solve or manage problems and are therefore used throughout all years. In addition to background knowledge of the scientific, technological and legislative aspects of the issue and the ability to draw information from a variety of sources, there is a need to apply critical thinking which is key to the problem solving process. A final year module is designed to simulate real case scenarios and provide opportunities for students to develop problem solving skills and exercise collaborative management to arrive at solutions.

Exemptions and transferability

The vast majority of students enter Year 1, although admission to Year 2 is possible if evidence of previous environmental health work experience and/or relevant study is provided demonstrating achievement of the Year 1 learning outcomes.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Avondale Foods
  • Belfast City Council
  • Dunnes Stores
  • Foyle Meats
  • Genesis Crafty
  • Kerry Foods
  • Moy Park

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Quality Assurance Auditing
  • Emergency Planning Officer
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Graduate Trainee Manager

Career options

Many graduates find employment in the public sector as environmental health practitioners. Increasingly, opportunities exist in other government agencies and within private sector companies and consultancies in the areas of food safety, environmental protection, occupational health and safety and energy efficiency.

As the course is accredited by the CIEH, you have the opportunity to work in countries outside the UK and Ireland that have a similar approach to environmental health such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Opportunities exist for postgraduate study and research at masters and doctorate level.

Work placement / study abroad

The Environmental Health placement is designed to complement your academic study and is designed to facilitate your learning by developing essential professional and employability skills. Placement provides you with the opportunity to complete the professional requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Many students obtain placements with local authorities in Northern Ireland although a significant number successfully obtain placements within relevant industries, GB local authorities, and placements outside the United Kingdom.

Successful completion of the professional placement year leads to the award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation.

Professional recognition

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the (IOSH)

Accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health as meeting the academic requirements for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Graduate membership leading to Chartered membership.

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for the purpose of partially meeting the requirements for registration as an Environmental Health Practitioner with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB).

Academic profile

Teaching staff within the Faculty are encouraged to become fellows of the Higher Education Academy. To date all staff have either fulfilled the requirements through completion of the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PGCHEP) (80% of the programme team) or are in the process of doing so.

• As well as teaching, members of the programme team are actively engaged in research that informs their teaching.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Graduates of the programme have regularly featured in award lists for national academic and professional awards. The Northern Ireland Chatered Institute of Environmnetal Health(CIEH) region also awards the highest achieving student with the David Montgomery Award.

Additional mandatory costs


Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521

Course Director: Ursula Walsh
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8395


The course was excellent and whilst I have not gone down the Env Health Officer route, I feel the course benefited me greatly as I have an appreciation for HS&E from both Local Authority & Private industry perspective. Angela McAloran.

“The course covers a very broad range of topics and provides you with a good understanding of the key Environmental Health Functions including legislation/guidance etc. It sets you up well to be able to work as an Environmental Health Officer. The Course is well delivered”. Ruth Patton.

“Very good and enjoyable four years, provided me with great knowledge and experience for me to get into employment. Thanks” Cathal O’Neill.

“The Variety of the course covering all aspects of Environmental health this has assisted me in moving between different teams within environmental health with my current role in Port Health/H&S also Food Safety and pollution teams when required”. Mark ONeill.

“The main strength of the Environmental Health degree is the wide variety of topics covered, this allows the student a choice of which area to follow in or it can provide the student with adequate qualifications across a number of fields, to aid in achieving employment when completing the course”. Mark McCann.

“The broad range of topics studied while at UUJ equipped me for temporary jobs in Food Hygiene, Home Safety and my permanent post in ES&H for Construction”. Clare Scott.

“Broad range of areas covered, allows for numerous career choices. Wide ranging work skills achieved”. Aran Hennessey.

“The Lecturers are practising EHPs and their personal experience gives an excellent insight into the practical work involved which helped give a better understanding of the theory around EH topics. Having a choice of placement in the middle of the course because this really helped with final year exams having experienced being out in the field”. Stephanie Rock.

“The broad range of topics that were studied, which (in theory) would open up more job opportunities. Also, the lecturers themselves, as many come from a working Environmental Health background so were able to provide better teaching experiences with real-life cases”. Kathy Ewing Graduated 2010.

“The course is good”. John Flannery.