Environmental Health

UCAS codes

  • B910 -

Course contact

Dr Richard Thacker
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Professionally accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), this programme 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.


  • SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB inc 2 sciences, (Biology and Chemistry preferred) 
  • GCE A-Levels: BCC inc Biology or Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB inc 2 sciences, (Biology and Chemistry preferred)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (5, 5 at HL)
  • HNC: appropriate biological science-based subject
  • HND in an appropriate biological science-based subject
  • BSc degree in an appropriate biological 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 and waste management consultants. 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.

At time of print this programme is accredited by REHIS. 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.

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Useful Information

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    * UNISTATS – BSc (Hons) Environmental Health, full-time