Environmental Health

UCAS codes

  • B910 -

Course contact

Jan Miller
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Professionally accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), the BSc Environmental Health is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers within environmental health. Rewarding roles exist within the public and private sectors in public health, noise pollution control, food inspection and pest control.

BSc Environmental Health - University of the West of Scotland

UWS - Environmental health Stats


SQA Highers: BBBB or ABBC including 2 sciences
GCE A-Levels: CCC including 1 science, plus GCSE Biology and Chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H3 or H2 H2 H2 H4 including 2 sciences
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including Biology or Human Biology plus 3 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Appropriate science based subject
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Appropriate science based subjects
BSc degree: Appropriate science-based subject
Environmental health examines aspects of the natural and built environment that may impact upon human health. Professionals are responsible for ensuring that people’s living and working surroundings are safe and healthy.

The programme was developed with input from industry experts including REHIS, local authorities and the Association of Chief Environmental Health Officers in Scotland. You will have access to specialist facilities including the dedicated level 2 containment microbiology laboratory for microbiological analysis of samples.

After Year 1 you have the option to progress to degrees in applied bioscience, chemistry, and occupational safety and health as well as environmental health.

Year 1

Studies include basic biological and chemical sciences and an introduction to environmental health and safety.

Year 2

Specialisation in topics in environmental health begins, with detailed consideration of health and safety, the working environment and an introduction to microbiological analysis. Measurement quality and processes are addressed through the chemical analysis module Analytical Measurement.

Year 3

Further specialisation includes environmental health law, parasitology, and health and safety within the public arena. Measurement quality and processes are addressed through the chemical analysis module; Safety, Health and Environmental Protection.

Year 4 (Honours)

(Honours) You will undertake a research project and you are introduced to advanced food inspection, housing, acoustics and health, public health microbiology and a detailed study of pollution control.
UWS graduates work in both the public and private sectors in careers as diverse as restaurant inspectors, noise pollution officers, waste management consultants and health and safety advisors. A key training component of an environmental health officer (EHO) comprises a nine-month work placement either during or on completion of the Honours degree. This is the REHIS mandatory scheme of practical training.

This programme is accredited by REHIS and IOSH. Please note REHIS require graduates to obtain a minimum of a second class Honours degree and also complete a REHIS approved one-year training programme to qualify as professional EHOs. Graduates can also apply to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to become a graduate member. If accepted they can use the designatory letters Grad IOSH, denoting those who are academically qualified to become Chartered Members, but are currently completing a mandatory IPD/CPD cycle.

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