Masters of Science in Ergonomics

Compare 3 MScs in Ergonomics


Most Master of Science degree programs have a specialized theme that builds on the foundation of undergraduate studies. Further focus on a given subject may provide students with a competitive edge in the industry.

You may be wondering, what is an MSc in Ergonomics? This program involves using the basic sciences of psychology, physiology, and anatomy to study the interactions between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and their environments. The goal is to apply theoretical principles, methods, and data to optimize designs for overall system performance and wellbeing. Examples of the curriculum include human factors, research methods, industrial and organizational psychology, multiple regression, analysis of variance, patient handling, physical health at work, and sports medicine.

Graduates with a Master of Science in Ergonomics tend to have exceptional organizational, productivity, engagement, teamwork, and communication skills. This program helps hone those skills further, producing many benefits in a variety of business-related careers. 

The cost of earning a Master of Science degree differs depending on the institution, the county of study and the length of the program. To understand the costs involved with your program of choice, contact the admissions office of the schools that interest you.

Careers in ergonomics are quite competitive, especially in the field of physical therapy, sports medicine, and research. Graduates may find themselves designing systems and equipment, or utilizing information design to understand tasks and the users. Some positions may include human factors consultant, occupational therapist, ergonomist, human-machine interface engineer, user researcher, risk consultant, industrial designer, professor, design strategist, and usability engineer.

Classes are available internationally both full- and part-time, and many schools offer online courses to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals. To find the right school for you, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MSc Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2019 United Kingdom Nottingham

This part-time course is designed to give you human factors and ergonomics experience required in a range of industries. [+]

The programme is designed to give you the human factors or ergonomics experience required in a wide range of manufacturing, service and process industries, enforcement agencies such as Local Authorities and the health service, as well as a grounding for a career in research.

You will be taught by a team who are part of the internationally recognised Human Factors Research group and work as researchers and consultants in ergonomics and can share their experiences of applying ergonomics in the real world.

Key facts You can work at times that suit you and your employer and can carry out projects that are closely linked to the needs of your employer. There are no geographical limits to this course, it can be studied from any country, all elements are through distance learning On completion of the course, you will have received the formal education needed to work as an ergonomist and will be eligible to join The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors as a graduate member. After completing the MScApplied Ergonomics and Human Factors(Distance Learning), you will find that there are opportunities to continue your research within the school through an extensive PhD programme. ... [-]

MSc Human Factors and Ergonomics

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course looks at knowledge and skills needed to design products and environments from a human perspective. [+]

This MSc in Human Factors and Ergonomics aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to design products, jobs/tasks and environments from the human perspective. If you are interested in people, technology and design, then this could be the course for you.

In this course, you will learn about a range of human characteristics (physical, cognitive, social and emotional) as they relate to our interactions with jobs, environments, products, services and other people. You will graduate with a postgraduate qualification that is increasingly desirable in the industry and provides the necessary knowledge and skills to address human factors issues for the 21st century.

Key facts This course is accredited as the educational qualification for Membership of theInstitute for Ergonomics and Human Factors. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in consultancies and high profile companies such as WS Atkins, Network Rail, Jaguar LandRover, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce etc. There are many opportunities to continue your studies within the department through an extensive PhD programme within the Human Factors research group. The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world-leading or internationally excellent. Graduates of the Human Factors and Ergonomics MSc can get a full membership with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)after completing four years’ work experience. Course details ... [-]

MSc in Human Factors Engineering

Tufts University - School of Engineering
Campus Full time Part time August 2019 USA Medford

Human Factors is sometimes also referred to as "Engineering Psychology" or "Ergonomics." This is a rapidly growing field with wide engineering and non-engineering applications. [+]

Human Factors is sometimes also referred to as "Engineering Psychology" or "Ergonomics." This is a rapidly growing field with wide engineering and non-engineering applications. The program offers specialized courses, training, and research opportunities in the human-centered aspects of engineering activities such as medical devices and systems design, product design, computer-interface design, ergonomics, and workplace safety.


Applicants are admitted to this program on the basis of their educational qualifications. It is expected that applicants to the Human Factors Engineering program will have an acceptable B.S. in engineering or science. Relevant coursework and research experience may be considered for non-engineering students. It is strongly recommended that the prospective student identify and contact the potential thesis advisor before applying to the program.... [-]