The terms ergonomics and human factors are used interchangeably to describe the theory and practice of learning about human characteristics and capabilities, and then using that understanding to improve people's interaction with the things they use and with the environments in which they do so.
Ergonomics involves applying scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environments for human use. It aims to design objects, systems and tasks in such a way as to improve human safety, health, comfort and performance.
This course has been designed by leading researchers in the field of ergonomics and will give you the skills and experience to apply ergonomics in real world settings. Students receive high levels of support from tutors throughout the course, and distance learning means that students have the flexibility to study when and where it suits them.
The modules on this course are designed to lead from the theoretical basis of each topic to the practical application of that knowledge.
The final module involves you undertaking an individual project, which is intended to help you integrate your knowledge, methodology, and practical skills in an area that reflects your interests. You are actively encouraged to carry out this project within your own working environment wherever possible.
If your project is successful in advancing knowledge in your chosen area, you will be encouraged to present your findings as conference papers or journal articles.
This is a distance learning course which means you study on your own, at home or whenever suits you. You read, listen to and watch course materials, work on activities and write assignments.
Distance learning allows you to:
- proceed at your own pace, studying at any time of the day, 24/7 that suits you
- benefit from online tutor support if you need help, advice or encouragement
- take part in online self-managed learning groups and work in collaboration with fellow course participants
- access to online information system at The University of Nottingham
Hear from Dr Paul Bowie, a graduate of this course who is now Programme Director (Safety and Improvement) for NHS Education Scotland.
Academic English preparation and support
If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.