MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Environment

General

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Program Description

How important is workplace safety in tackling wider societal issues? Does our lifestyle influence morbidity and early mortality for our communities? How can we use exposure data to evaluate toxicological risks to the health of our population?

On this course, you’ll explore the scientific, health and psychosocial factors influencing health and safety in the 21st century.

You’ll study current and emerging legal and compliance issues, and consider the many factors that influence workplace safety and health, such as legionella, contaminated land and air quality.

You’ll learn how to formulate, implement and evaluate the safety, health and environmental (SHE) management systems for an organisation, including concepts and techniques of occupational health and safety management.

Topics you’ll investigate include the principles and practices of risk management in the workplace, environmental protection and management, and the principal diseases of significance to public health.

You’ll develop your knowledge of hazard and operability analysis (HAZOP), major incident contingency plans (MICP), and occupational hygiene management. You’ll consider topics such as benchmarking safety and risk management and assessment of hazards, risks and dangers at work, including processes in the development and management of ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety management) standards.

As well as studying theory, you’ll have practical sessions. You’ll learn skills in how to identify, evidence and analyse concerns for safety at work, such as assessment and control of occupational risks that arise from exposure to hazards at work including noise levels and extreme working environments.

Features and Benefits

  • Industrial site visits – You’ll go on visits to specific areas of SHE and health and wellbeing settings.
  • Practical sessions – You’ll have sessions to help you develop the skills to identify, evidence and analyse concerns for human health.
  • Professional development  – Once enrolled on the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for Student Member status of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) for the duration of your studies. When you graduate, you’ll be entitled to register for IOSH Graduate Member status. 
  • Networking events – We host regular Safety, Health and Wellbeing industry networking events. The last event featured a workshop on creative ideas and stories to address workplace wellbeing and mental health, with guest speakers from Anker and Marsh. 

Course Information

Workplace safety and worker health is increasingly significant in tackling wider societal issues around morbidity, early mortality and the influences of lifestyle on individuals and communities.

Through this course, we aim to develop your analytical and problem-solving skills and to introduce you to the multitude of factors that can influence workplace safety and health. This is to help you become a practitioner in preventing accidents and ill-health in the workplace, and in managing workplace environmental issues.

You’ll explore topics including risk perception and risk management, law, occupational hygiene, and environmental management.

You’ll learn how to critically assess the evidence on the health and wellbeing of a defined population, and how to analyse exposure data to evaluate toxicological risks to population health.

You’ll consider occupational health and safety philosophies for effective control and health protection purposes, and evaluate risk management systems for specific workplace environments, including the gas, oil and food industries.

You’ll go on-site visits to a variety of industrial and commercial settings, such as manufacturing industries, construction sites and waste treatment plants. You’ll apply the knowledge you learn on visits to risk assessment, management and compliance requirements, maintaining workplace safety, and to building infrastructure and compliance systems.

For your dissertation, you’ll submit your research proposal (usually 1,000 words) and write a piece of work presenting your research findings (approximately 16,000 words). Past dissertation themes include stress management and safety impact in a high-risk industry, silica exposure among construction workers and the impact of extreme climate on outdoor workers.

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll receive a Masters in Occupational Safety, Health and Environment and eligibility to register for Graduate Member status of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The standard duration of this course is two years and the maximum is five years. Completion of the course in two years would make you eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover the cost of your fees. 

Over the duration of this course, you'll cover the following core units:

  • Principles in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Hygiene Management
  • SHE Management and International Quality Standards
  • Risk Perception and Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Applied Sciences for Public Health
  • Dissertation and Research Methods

Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 11% placement; 69% independent study
  • Part-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 11% placement; 69% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time 75% coursework; 25% practical; 0% examination
  • Part-time 75% coursework; 25% practical; 0% examination

Entry requirements

You will normally have a good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a relevant subject or significant proven experience in a relevant field.

English language requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU Students

  • Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island Students

  • Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £1,778 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Specialist costs

  • Optional estimate: £400

Laboratory coats, laboratory equipment and consumables (including consumable associated with dissertation study) are all provided at no additional cost. 

All of the books required for this course are available from the library and the University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. 

Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents, campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs for the duration of the course are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for course books and printing.

Professional costs

  • Optional estimate: £50

Student membership with IOSH is free for full-time students and a one-off fee of £50 for part-time students.

Other costs

  • Compulsory estimate: £20
  • Optional estimate: £20

Optional study events associated with professional bodies may incur a charge.

Career Prospects

As a graduate, you’ll use your practical skills and academic knowledge to help ensure compliance with safety legislation and safety policies in a wide range of organisations, from large scale industries to small businesses. 

You could develop your career in industries such as oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, or in relevant government departments. 

Roles include occupational health and safety managers across all industry sectors, health and safety advisors, HSE auditors, and consultants.

Last updated Aug 2020

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