The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced provides an intensive specialised professional program of study plus the opportunity to specialise in either Ergonomics, Occupational Hygiene or Risk Management.
UOW's Work Health and Safety programs have been developed in conjunction with a wide range of industry sectors to address the complex nature of occupational health and safety in the workplace. The program has a flexible mode of delivery, with online content delivered up front, and block teaching sessions of 3–5 days for exploration and application of subject material. On campus teaching components utilise a range of resources, including the well-equipped OHS Laboratory.
What you will study
Knowledge and skills development throughout this course will be applied to a research‐based capstone workplace project in the final stage of the degree program. This will give you a high level of evidence-based professional practice in occupational health and safety.
Course Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:
Critically analyse and evaluate WHS issues using data, research and argument
Develop effective responses to WHS issues with creativity, logic and critical thinking
Effectively articulate and convey work health & safety knowledge, skills and ideas to collaborate and engage with people in different settings and different cultural environments
Demonstrate awareness and strategies to acknowledge, appreciate and respect diversity
Develop strategies to maintain personal integrity within the field of WHS
Identify and apply appropriate resources and technologies for professional practice in WHS in order to function effectively in the digital environment
Conceptualise key issues and concepts related to a range of contemporary public health sub-disciplines.
The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced requires the successful completion of at least 96 credit points including:
48 credit points from core subjects;
A 24 credit point specialisation in either Ergonomics, Occupational Hygiene or Risk Management; and
An additional 24 credit point specialisation in either Health Promotion or WHS Research
as specified below.
Students who commence in Spring session must complete the Health Promotion specialisation prior to commencing the core Work Health and Safety subjects.
People & Work
WHS Risk Management
Industrial Epidemiology & Toxicology
Work Health and Safety Law
Work Injury Management
Workplace Hazards & Hygiene
Occupational Health & Safety Systems
Physical Hazards at Work
Specialisations are normally commenced after the core requirements are completed. Students commencing in Spring session will complete the requirements for the Health Promotion specialisation first, before completing core requirements and a second specialisation in subsequent sessions. Students wishing to undertake the WHS Research specialisation will normally have completed the core and first specialisation requirements prior to the major project.
Occupational Hygiene Specialisation
Risk Management Specialisation
Health Promotion Specialisation
WHS Research Specialisation
Accreditation & professional recognition
The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced has been accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Educators Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB). The Occupational Hygiene specialisation has been accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
Accreditation is being sought from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)
Why choose this course
UOW is home to Work Health and Safety scholars who are leaders in their field. The strong pedagogical basis of the course is informed by a team of experienced teaching staff from a range of professional backgrounds, including allied health, engineering, occupational hygiene and risk management. The multidisciplinary approach to learning and teaching at UOW enables valuable interdisciplinary experience with Public Health and Social Sciences students, and academic input from engineering, medicine, various allied health professionals, law and business.
A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.
For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.
A recognised 3-year Bachelor degree with a major in a Science or Health-related discipline; or a degree in another relevant area (for example Engineering) which contains at least one year of science-based subjects. Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or work experience may be considered.
MWHS Adv students commencing in Spring, with no prior credit, must complete the Health Promotion specialisation before commencing their WHS subjects.
Credit for Prior Learning
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety will be able to articulate to the Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced. All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Diploma will count as credit towards the Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced upon successful transfer to the degree.
English Requirements for international students
The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:
Overall Score: 6.5
Overall Score: 86
UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)
Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.