Image: Oswald Amponsah Environmental Health MScOswald Amponsah, a Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, studied his degree while continuing in his full time job which involves frequent home and overseas training exercises and deployments.

Oswald decided to study for the degree to maximise his employability opportunities, both within the army environmental health unit and in the future, when he retires from the armed forces.

"Studying the programme has enormously enhanced my understanding of the subject as a whole and improved my knowledge of current thinking and legislation. It was very challenging trying to complete an online degree, particularly due to persistent deployments and the lack of regular access to the internet when working in a war zone - but the University was very helpful in giving me the flexibility to defer my registered modules until I was back home and able to continue my studies.

I would recommend it to anyone but also remind them that, to be successful in completing such a study, especially in the armed forces and with a young family, it will take maximum dedication, commitment and desire.”

Alan Whitfield, Programme Leader for the MSc Environmental Health degree, added: "The online MSc Environmental Health programme is perfect for students like Oswald and it is flexible enough to allow for the sudden changes in circumstances that he faced.

The dedicated team of environmental health lecturers were able to offer support and practical solutions to accommodate his academic studies whilst serving overseas with the Army."