MSc Health & Safety

Course details

Effective health and safety practices are integral to the success of any organisation. Whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved in establishing and maintaining a safe working environment. We will develop your knowledge of how different organisations use varying levels of safety procedures and you will assess their impact on the company as a whole.

By investigating an organisation in its entirety, you will gain a broad knowledge of other departments such as marketing, sales and human resources and how they are affected by the procedures and processes you implement. You will also enhance your understanding of the technical and human aspects of health and safety, learning to identify whether problems were caused by machine malfunctions or misjudgement by humans.

You can study either our MSc or PG Dip to achieve an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accredited award. If you have already successfully completed an IOSH-accredited postgraduate diploma, this course offers you the chance to convert your qualification into an MSc by studying two additional research modules.

Course Benefits

Accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) - the world's leading Professional Body for Health and Safety Practitioners - our course provides the opportunity to learn directly from prominent health and safety experts, to keep you up to date with the latest health and safety issues, risks and practices.

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Applicants who have completed an IOSH accredited PGDip Health & Safety will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 7 credit points.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

Following completion of this course, you will be eligible for graduate membership of IOSH. You can then begin working on your portfolio and professional development plan in order to achieve chartered safety and health practitioner status. This could help you to forge a new career in health and safety or it could enhance your current promotion prospects in the sector. You will be able to create health and safety training programmes and put safety measures in place for a host of companies and industries at home and abroad.

  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Risk Manager

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Core modules


Examine how the working relationship between operator, machine and environment can be adapted for efficiency and safety, understanding the design features and environmental stressors that can occur.

Health & Safety Practice

Study the requirements that are placed upon organisations to ensure legal compliance to enable the management of health and safety risks, and critically relate good practice to the legal requirements so that compliance can be achieved.

Sensible Risk Management

Develop the knowledge of the common types of hazards, and the risk assessment process and skills in the completion of different types of risk assessment for the identified hazards.

Occupational Health & Wellbeing

Focus on the health aspects that may occur if good workplaces and practices are not developed, looking at both physical and mental health, and concepts of wellbeing.

Quantitative Risk Analysis

Critically examine the concept of risk as the product of probability and consequences. Develop knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the analytical techniques and the data requirements for quantification.

Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing

Gain the theoretical foundation and practical skills required to complete small-scale research. Learn how to write a research proposal, conduct research and analyse health-related data.

Research & Practice Development

Your opportunity to undertake a small-scale piece of research and/or development that underpins your learning.

Professional Practice & Development

Learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to other work settings or environments.

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £5950. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £11500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.


Acoustics Laboratory

Our fully equipped, state-of-the-art acoustics laboratory has anechoic and reverberation chambers as well as modern noise analysis equipment.


Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Food Inspection Laboratory

Our hygienic laboratory can be used to develop practical food specimen inspection skills.

Gym and Sports Facilities

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Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
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1 year
5,950 GBP
UK & EU 2017/18: £5950; International 2017/18: £11500
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