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Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. Read more
Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. More recently there has been the recognition of the need to go beyond simply avoiding unwanted outcomes and developing a wider dimension of organisational resilience.

The systematic assessment and management of workplace hazards demand the development of existing knowledge and skills. Good employers now recognise that managing health and safety has not only legal and moral imperatives, but also makes good business sense.

Loughborough University has been providing training in occupational health and safety management for more than 35 years. On successful completion, participants will be able to make better informed decisions concerning the management of occupational health and safety.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/ohsm/

About the Programme

The programme is aimed at professional health and safety advisors and managerial, engineering and scientific staff with responsibilities for occupational health and safety. It gives them the academic knowledge and skills to evaluate operational requirements against health and safety policies which have to respond to a changing regulatory, social and economic climate.

The courses are designed and delivered for participants working within the discipline who can attend the University for a series of short courses ranging from one to four days. Such attendance promotes a much more fulfilling learning experience through direct interaction with acknowledged experts and other students and avoids the isolation of courses delivered entirely by distance learning.

The objectives of the programme are to provide:
- A comprehensive understanding of current occupational health and safety management issues;
- The academic basis for Chartered Status of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (for holders of the Diploma/MSc); and
- Flexible training for working professionals who do not have the opportunity for full-time study.

Professional Development

‌Holders of the Diploma (and MSc) satisfy the requirements for graduate membership of IOSH and membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), providing professional recognition for your studies.

Adding value to your employer

The course is designed to be challenging, career enhancing and geared towards real life management, developing skills you can apply to the benefit of your organisation, and assessing these through work-based assignments which provide a direct return on investment. You will also benefit from excellent opportunities to network with professionals from a range of sectors, with the following organisations represented on the programme in recent years:
- Aluminium Bahrain
- Arriva Plc
- Balfour Beatty
- Birmingham City Council
- BP
- Estee Lauder Companies
- Exxon Mobil
- Heart of England NHS Foundation
- Trust
- INEOS
- Mars Petcare UK
- National Grid
- Network Rail
- Novartis
- Pfizer Ltd
- Qatar Petroleum
- Rolls-Royce
- ROSPA
- Royal Mail
- Severn Trent
- Shell
- Siemens
- TATA Steel
- TOTAL
- Travis Perkins
- UK Coal
- Virgin Atlantic

Structure and Delivery

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes are part-time and modular in structure, and involve a combination of taught modules (in four day blocks), distance learning modules and self-study.

The programme is assessed by assignments and projects. There are no written examinations.

The Postgraduate Certificate will normally be completed within seven months of part-time study and the Postgraduate Diploma within 14 months.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management involves, in addition, a part-time research project conducted over 12 months and is available to those who have achieved the Diploma requirements. Candidates for the MSc must attend two short courses (totalling four days) in research methods.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management is also available to those who have a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from other higher education institutions recognised by IOSH, those with a NEBOSH National or International Diploma (Level 6) and those with a British Safety Council Diploma (Level 6). This qualification usually takes 18 months to complete.

Content

- Module 1: Occupational Health and Safety and the Law (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 2: Risk Management (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 3: Management of Physical Hazards (distance learning)
- Module 4: Occupational Health Management (distance learning)
- Module 5: Safety and the Management of People (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 6: Evidence Based Practical Project (distance learning)
- Module 7: Masters Research Project (4 days at Loughborough + distance learning)

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1, 2 and any two chosen from modules 3, 4 and 5.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-6.

For the MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-7.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/apply/

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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to progress your career as an occupational health and safety practitioner or specialise in managing safety in fields such as construction, nuclear or oil and gas undertaking the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised accredited postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The University of Portsmouth has been offering courses in Health and Safety to serve industrial and professional needs in the UK and abroad since 1976.

Due to the flexible distance learning style of this course, we have students on oil rigs, on ships and submarines, in isolated locations in the UK and worldwide who study where they want, when they want, at a time and place to suit them.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

This is a unique course that allows you to tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects. Taught units ensure you cover the key learning required of today’s health and safety professional.

The remainder of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As the chartered body for health and safety professionals, IOSH is the largest professional health and safety organisation in the world. Once you have successfully completed this course, you can make an application to IOSH for Graduate membership.

Students also have the opportunity to work towards their Chartered status with IOSH through our unique professional development process

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

There is a great deal of flexibility in the time it takes you to complete your studies which will be dependent on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic required for their award through a combination of core taught units and work-based learning projects which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

Your learning can be made up from:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. You may already have a PgC/PgD and wish to top it up to an MSc. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Taught Units: You will study two core units which cover the essential learning required by today’s health and safety professionals: Management Essentials for Health and Safety: This unit aims to provide you with an appreciation of health and safety management and its integration into organisational management systems. You will develop knowledge and interpretation of the requirements and responsibilities imposed by laws in respect of occupational health and safety. You will also advance your understanding of risk management and reflect upon the relationship between human behaviour, culture and risk.
  • Risk Management in Practice: This unit concerns the operational practice of health and safety by considering the potential risks, from both a health and safety perspective, and their subsequent assessment and control. The aim of the unit is to explore the potential hazards in a variety of industries both UK-based and international, and to develop strategies for the assessment and control of hazards associated with the workplace and working practices. Other optional taught units include Construction Safety, Ergonomics and Professional Development.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have included Process Safety Management in Oil and Gas, the Design of an LEV System, Managing Confined Space Entry, Control of Asbestos at Work.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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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. Read more

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.

NB: You can study either our MSc or PG Dip to achieve an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health accredited award. If you have already completed an IOSH-accredited PG Dip, this course offers you the chance to convert your qualification into an MSc by studying two additional research modules (see below). The duration for the course in this instance will be 1 year part-time, with fees charged pro-rata. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

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.

Core modules

  • Ergonomics
  • Health & Safety Practice
  • Sensible Risk Management
  • Occupational Health & Wellbeing
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing
  • Research & Practice Development
  • Professional Practice & Development

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


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This course responds to the professional development needs of those who are involved in the promotion of health, safety and environmental management within their workplace. Read more

Why take this course?

This course responds to the professional development needs of those who are involved in the promotion of health, safety and environmental management within their workplace.

It will provide you with a solid understanding of risk management, hazard assessment and control, and the overall professional practice of occupational health and safety for a variety of industries both UK based and international.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Take advantage of detailed guidance on study skills, research methods, research project management and essay writing skills
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

This is a dynamic and forward-looking course enabling you to fulfil your potential as a health and safety professional. The quality of this course is recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and we are committed to providing you with innovative and flexible tutoring informed by significant research. With us you'll be able to equip yourself with recognised postgraduate skills and attributes empowering a spirit of independence, creativity and enterprise.

Module Details

You will study two units and will be provided with a series of workbooks which guide you through the required learning for the course. You have the opportunity to attend an induction day at the start of the year to explain how to progress successfully through the course. This is presented both on campus and online.

Here are the units you will study:

Management Essentials for Health and Safety: This unit aims to provide you with an appreciation of health and safety management and its integration into organisational management systems. You will study the nature of organisations and how management functions can be directed towards the recognition and control of risk. You will develop knowledge and interpretation of the requirements and responsibilities imposed by laws in respect of occupational health and safety. You will also advance your understanding of risk management and reflect upon the relationship between human behaviour, culture and risk.

Risk Management in Practice: This unit concerns the operational practice of health and safety by considering the potential risks, from both a health and safety perspective, and their subsequent assessment and control. The aim of the unit is to explore the potential hazards in a variety of industries both UK based and international, and to develop strategies for the assessment and control of hazards associated with the workplace and working practices.

Programme Assessment

It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. This online teaching method enables you to continue in full-time work, and indeed, your work often provides the central focus for your studies.

You will have access to varied online resources, including:

Tutorials and lectures
Course materials
Workshops
Discussion forums
Academic skills help
Journals
Podcasts
PDP (Personal Development Planning)/IDP (Initial Development Planning)
Quizzes and assessments

Assessment is solely based on the submission of your written assignments.

Student Destinations

Due to the flexible distance learning style of this course, we have students on oil rigs, on ships and submarines, in isolated locations in the UK and worldwide who study where they want, when they want, at a time and place to suit them.

No matter what your situation or qualifications, this course is designed to ensure that your career in health and safety management is on a very sure footing. Our aim is to give you an excellent student experience focused on knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce. The fact that many of our graduates now hold senior positions in industry attests to this.

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This course is one of few in the UK to bring together both Environmental Management and Health and Safety. Read more
This course is one of few in the UK to bring together both Environmental Management and Health and Safety.

Course overview

Do you want a Masters qualification to help you move into the rewarding areas of Environmental Management and Health and Safety? Alternatively, do you want to enhance your career prospects by undertaking job-relevant postgraduate training? We have designed this course to deliver on both objectives.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the leading chartered body for Health and Safety professionals. On completion of the Masters, you can become a graduate member of IOSH. More and more employers are looking for membership of IOSH when it comes to recruitment and promotion.

The distance learning format allows you to study when and where you like. Our academic staff will guide you through the course and provide the support you need, no matter where you are based. Modules include ‘Environment Auditing and Management Systems’, ‘Risk Assessment and Management’ and ‘Health and Safety’.

For the Masters research project, you can negotiate a topic that reflects your personal interests and career aspirations as well as our supervisory expertise. Sunderland’s research specialisms include air pollution, contaminated land, environmental sustainability, and behavioural safety.

This course is available via distance learning either full-time over 1 year or part-time over 3 years.

Course content

The content of the course is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification. Modules on this course include:
-Environmental Awareness (15 Credits)
-Data Analysis and Research Methods (15 Credits)
-Pollution Monitoring and Control (15 Credits)
-Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (15 Credits)
-Health and Safety (30 Credits)
-Risk Assessment and Management (30 Credits)
-Masters Research Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

This distance learning course is delivered via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Our teaching and learning methods include web-based reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites, multimedia and e-discussions.

Before applying for the course, we advise that you carefully consider your work and other commitments. The full-time course requires around 40 hours of study per week, every week for 13 months. The part-time course is designed for people who are working and requires around 20 hours of study per week, for the duration of each module. You will take three modules per year.

The majority of students on this course are in employment and choose to study part-time. Part-time mode normally takes three years to complete. As modules occur at fixed times, any other programme of study will need to be negotiated and agreed with the Programme Leader.

Facilities & location

This course can be studied anywhere in the world that has internet access. The course is delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment using learning reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

Employment & careers

Legislation and stakeholders are demanding ever higher standards of quality and accountability in Health and Safety and Environment Management. This is generating new roles with higher expectations of professionalism and knowledge. This course equips you to take up those roles, which are increasingly central to the way that organisations do business.

Potential roles include:
-Health and Safety manager or consultant
-Environmental manager, project leader, consultant or auditor
-Health, Safety and Environmental manager
-Environmental and Sustainability manager
-Waste manager
-Pollution control agency manager

At management level, salaries are in the range of around £35,000 up to around £50,000 in large companies. Employers typically require proven expertise in health, safety and environmental systems, an in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and standards, and the ability to work effectively with others in order to take proactive measures and to communicate with all stakeholders.

Increasingly, employers expect candidates to be members of professional bodies such as IOSH. Our course is accredited by IOSH and provides the basis for graduate membership.

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Health and safety is an integral and important part of any organisation - whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved with ensuring a safe working environment for everyone. Read more

Health and safety is an integral and important part of any organisation - whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved with ensuring a safe working environment for everyone. We will develop your knowledge of how different organisations use varying levels of safety procedures and you will assess their impact on the whole company.

By investigating an organisation as a whole, you'll 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'll also enhance your understanding of the technical and human aspects of health and safety, such as identifying whether issues were caused by machine malfunctions or misjudgement by humans.

It also offers you the chance to look at past and present case studies to understand any errors made, what caused the mistakes and the preventative measures that should be put in place. These could range from dealing with harmful substances within a chemical facility, exposed wires and trip hazards in a busy office, to safety measures for maintenance work on rail tracks.

You may choose to continue your studies and gain an MSc by completing an additional two research modules (*asterisked below), which you can study across 1 year part-time, with fees charged pro-rata. Please see our MSc Health and Safety course for further details. Note that as this option is only offered in part-time mode, it is not typically available to International Students due to Visa restrictions. If you wish to obtain an MSc, you will need to consider enrolling on the full-time MSc course in the first instance. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

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.

Modules

  • Ergonomics
  • Health and Safety Practice
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Research & Practice Development**
  • Sensible Risk Management
  • Occupational Health and Wellbeing
  • Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing**
  • Professional Practice and Development

Job prospects

You will have the extensive health and safety grounding required for industries such as the public sector, healthcare, transport and logistics. You will also enhance your knowledge of the latest health and safety practices in your current job, be able to identify the risks that come with particular job roles, 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


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Management of environmental, health and safety issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Read more

Program overview

Management of environmental, health and safety issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes. Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and workplace safety share many technical, regulatory, and organizational characteristics. Today's professionals now need to be educated in all three areas.

Graduates are employed by Fortune 100 companies, environmental, health and safety consultancies, universities, and government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, and NYSDEC.

Plan of study

The MS degree in environmental, health and safety management provides students with a solid foundation in the managerial aspects of developing and implementing environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. In addition, students gain a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health (industrial hygiene). Elements of sustainability are integrated into most of the core courses and some electives

The program consists of 33 credit hours and may be completed entirely through online learning, or via a combination of online and traditional on-campus courses. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a graduate thesis, project, or exam.

Professional electives

Professional electives are subject to availability and include Fire Protection, Occupational Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Industrial Wastewater Management, Air Emissions Management, Occupational Safety, Mechanical and Electrical Controls and Standards, EHS Law, EHS Accounting and Finance, EHS Project Management, and Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Additional professional electives are available in topics such as business management, quality, sustainability, and other areas.

Curriculum

Course sequences differs according to thesis/project/exam option, see website for a particular option's module details: http://www.rit.edu/programs/environmental-health-and-safety-management-ms

Other admission requirements

-Have completed at least 9 semester hours of college-level course work in the sciences, with at least 3 semester credit hours in each of the following categories: chemistry, biology, and physics.
-Submit two professional recommendations.
-Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills.
-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Submit a clearly written one-page statement of purpose.
-Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
-Complete a graduate application.
-International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) is required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum acceptable scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score for an unconditional acceptance is 6.5. It is recommended that international students begin the program in the fall semester.

Applicants with acceptable professional certification(s) and/or work experience may have pre-requisite science course work waived.

Applicants without formal academic training or documented experience in air emmisions, waste water, solid and hazardous waste, occupational health, or occupational safety may be required to take professional electives in these areas.

Students without related work experience may complete a graduate cooperative education placement during their program of study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required; however, applicants may submit test scores to support their candidacy.

Additional information

Transfer credit:
With the permission of the department, relevant graduate course work may be transferred into the program, per the maximum number of credit hours allowed.

International students:
International students enrolled in courses at the RIT campus are required to take at least two traditional classroom courses and one or two online courses per semester. In addition, international students are solely responsible for meeting the requirements of their government and other sponsors, as applicable.

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This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other construction professionals to become familiar with the latest developments in Health and Safety legislation and practice. Read more
This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other construction professionals to become familiar with the latest developments in Health and Safety legislation and practice. In addition, the course will provide them with the knowledge necessary to perform the roles of Project Supervisor, Health and Safety Coordinator, Safety Advisor, and Safety Officer. In general, the issue of Health and Safety related competency in design and on construction sites is comprehensively dealt with in this program. The course has been accredited by IOSH and students successfully completing the programme will be eligible to apply for graduate level membership of IOSH.

Course Organisation:

Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7 - 10 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants are required to submit coursework as part of the students' assessment.

Course Content:

Health and safety legislation and legal framework
Risk management for design and construction
Construction regulations
Other relevant legislation
Health and safety management and training
Health and welfare issues; physical and chemical agents ' regulations and controls

Assessment:

Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in May/June. Coursework, which is done throughout the year, also contributes towards the overall assessment.

Recommended texts:

Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.

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These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. Read more

These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. They are the only courses of their kind created with and endorsed by NEBOSH at Masters-level, and offer those already working in industry and holding a NEBOSH diploma or BSc the chance to enhance their skills and techniques. Studying these courses will help students identify and resolve real issues relating to them in their day-to-day roles - enhanced by the final dissertation, which is written on a research project from their own work.

The programmes are completely employer focused, using current employment to evidence achievement, and are studied part-time using e-learning modules to enable study anywhere in the UK - or overseas. There are three specific pathways that can be chosen; Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, or Environmental Management. Each pathway can be studied either as a taught-focused MSc or more research-focused MRes making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.

Study information

Both the MSc and MRes start with core modules relating to techniques for undertaking research:

  • Research Methods
  • Literature Reviews
  • Designing Research Projects

MSc students then study two core modules of their programme and one optional taught module.

  • Advanced Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Health and Safety Management

The optional modules are themed around: Disaster and Emergency Management, REACH management, Safety Case Production and Assessment, and Flood Risk Management.

For MSc students the taught modules are taken in the first year and the first semester of the second year, using the University’s e-learning environment. You also supplement learning with your own background reading. Once these have been completed, the last six months of the course consist of the research dissertation.

For MRes students, after completing the modules covering research methodology, the programme is followed by a 12 month 120 credit research project on a workplace-based topic in health, safety and/or environmental management.

The online nature of the programme means access to a stable broadband internet connection is required for access to course materials, to communicate with University staff and undertake course assessments.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The programmes are completely employer-focused, using current employment as a research base in which to evidence the skills and experience obtained. Completing one of these courses will enable you to advise on and develop systems to improve health, safety and environmental performance of organisations at a strategic level.

Due to our consistent recognition for providing NEBOSH courses to a high standard, the University and our graduates have an excellent reputation with professionals in the Humber and Yorkshire area.



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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?. Read more

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to progress your career as an Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Practitioner or specialise in managing HSE in fields such as construction, nuclear or oil and gas undertaking the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised accredited postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The University of Portsmouth has been offering courses in Health, Safety and Environmental Management to serve industrial and professional needs in the UK and abroad since 1976.

Due to the flexible distance learning style of this course, we have students on oil rigs, on ships and submarines, in isolated locations in the UK and worldwide who study where they want, when they want, at a time and place to suit them.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time.

It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects. Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As the chartered body for health and safety professionals, IOSH is the largest professional health and safety organisation in the world. Once you have successfully completed this course, you can make an application to IOSH for Graduate membership. Students also have the opportunity to work towards their Chartered status with IOSH through our unique professional development process.

Students are also eligible to apply for Graduate membership of the IEMA.

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

There is a great deal of flexibility in the time it takes you to complete your studies which will be dependent on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic required for their award through a combination of core taught units and work-based learning projects which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

Your learning can be made up from:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. You may already have a PgC/PgD and wish to top it up to an MSc. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Taught Units: You will study three core units which cover the essential learning required by today’s health, safety and environmental professionals: Management Essentials for Health and Safety: This unit aims to provide you with an appreciation of health and safety management and its integration into organisational management systems. You will develop knowledge and interpretation of the requirements and responsibilities imposed by laws in respect of occupational health and safety. You will also advance your understanding of risk management and reflect upon the relationship between human behaviour, culture and risk. Risk Management in Practice: This unit concerns the operational practice of health and safety by considering the potential risks, from both a health and safety perspective, and their subsequent assessment and control. The aim of the unit is to explore the potential hazards in a variety of industries both UK based and international, and to develop strategies for the assessment and control of hazards associated with the workplace and working practices.
  • Environmental Management: This unit considers the global, national and local environmental issues prominent in our society. It aims to provide the student with an appreciation of pollution, its sources and control and considers the management of environmental factors within organisations. Other optional taught units include Construction Safety, Ergonomics and Professional Development.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have included Process Safety Management in Oil and Gas, the Design of an LEV System, Managing Construction Waste, Control of Asbestos at Work.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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Our MSc Environmental Health course explores how the environment around us impacts our daily lives and our health through analysing how stressors can affect how our bodies function. Read more
Our MSc Environmental Health course explores how the environment around us impacts our daily lives and our health through analysing how stressors can affect how our bodies function. We deliver the curriculum of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (a world recognised professional body) teaching about hazard and risk in the topics of: housing and health, environmental protection and health, occupational health and safety, food safety and public health. On completing this course you will have a detailed understanding of risks and how to mitigate impacts using technical, scientific or legal interventions to create a safer and healthier environment.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) this course fulfils the academic requirement to gain recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner. Full professional accreditation opens up a broad range of career prospects in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and abroad.

Members of the core teaching team sit on CIEH committees at both local and national level and in their accreditation visit, the CIEH commended ‘the excellent channels of communication established between Northumbria University and the CIEH’.

We offer the MSc Environmental Health as both a full-time and as a part-time course using a day release model. For more information on the part-time option, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/environmental-health-msc-pt-dtpenv6/

Learn From The Best

This course is delivered by our highly experienced teaching team. Three of the core four teaching staff are Environmental Health Practitioners who bring many combined years of experience gained working across local government, public health, health promotion, private consultancy, advocacy and specialist divisions of the Health Protection Agency (Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division and health emergency planning) to equip you with specialist knowledge and skills that are at the forefront of the subject.

Our staff are research-active and hold advanced degrees in complimentary subjects (e.g. environmental engineering and sustainable development, and public health) and memberships to professional organisations (including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Emergency Planning Society, etc.) to ensure they are aware of the latest trends, research and developments within this field.

Throughout the duration of your course you will benefit from site visits, presentations from guest lecturers and practical tasks to support you in transferring the theory you have learned into practise.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is focused upon the five core CIEH subject areas: food safety, housing and health, health and safety, environmental protection and public health.

Delivering an excellent postgraduate experience you will be offered the opportunity to question and reflect on how the world around us can impact on public health, whilst developing the skills and knowledge necessary to understand these risks and how to intervene and manage them effectively.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also participate in debates, discussion and critiques of academic papers, field trips, case study scenarios and general discussions of academic and ethical issues.

Assessments for this course are undertaken in the form of essays, reports, audits, presentations and assessed discussions completed as an individual and part of a group. Wherever possible assessments reflect the type of work you could be doing as an Environmental Health Practitioner in the future.

At the end of the course you will have also had the chance to complete professional exams in practical food inspection and the integrated professional assessment. In addition, many of our assessments have been devised to be used as a potential basis to complete parts of your Portfolio of Professional Practice submission to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Using these brings you closer to gaining recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

Module Overview
KE7008 - Public Health (NC, 20 Credits)
KE7009 - Environmental Protection and Health (NC, 20 Credits)
KE7010 - Housing and Health (NC, 20 Credits)
KE7011 - Managing for Health and Safety (NC, 20 Credits)
KE7012 - Food Safety Management (NC, 20 Credits)
KE7013 - Foundations for Professional Practice and Research (NC, 20 Credits)
KE7015 - Research or Work Related Dissertation (NC, 60 Credits)
KE7025 - CIEH Integrated Professional Assessment (NC, 0 Credits)

Learning Environment

When studying the MSc Environmental Health course you will have access to our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

You will take part in practical experiments in our research laboratories, in addition to utilising our industry standard portable monitoring and analytical instrumentation to obtain real-world data for air quality, contaminated land and noise.

Specialist software, such as ADMS for air quality modelling, will allow you to analyse and model your findings. All of these experiences contribute to your understanding of how technology is used in the study and practice of environmental health.

With your course’s supporting documentation being available on our e-Learning Portal, Blackboard, and directed reading listed on the e-Reading Lists, both accessible at all times, this means you can support your own learning and self-development of the subject.

Research-Rich Learning

Our teaching team are research-active, specialising in fields such as health and safety management, compliance management, public health, food and safety standards, risk management, peroxides in aqueous solution, air quality, airborne particulates, environmental management in major incidents, and land contamination.

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course, drawing on national and international findings to deepen your understanding of environmental health.

Your research experience is further enhanced with a dissertation where you are assigned to one of the core teaching team to undertake substantial research into a specific academic or work-based topic. You are encouraged to publish your findings in an appropriate journal.

In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014), 55% of the Geography Department’s research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.

Give Your Career An Edge

The MSc Environmental Health degree is highly valued by employers thanks to our accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Graduates entering the job market benefit from the strength and breadth of the specialised knowledge gained alongside seeing its practical application. This, combined with transferrable skills embedded throughout the course, including written and verbal communication, team working, critical thought, and problem solving, prepare you for future graduate level employment across the public and private sectors and voluntary sector.

We boast fantastic links with local employers meaning that there are placement opportunities usually available to help you complete your CIEH Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP). Many of our students become technical officers and earn a salary whilst they complete their PPP alongside starting to gain experience in their chosen career.

Your Future

Graduates will leave prepared for employment in roles such as Environmental Health Officers, risk managers, public health specialists/advocates, and health and safety managers.

As a CIEH accredited Environmental Health Practitioner you can find a career in the public, private or voluntary sectors. As a consultant in the private sector you could be working for holiday chains, supermarkets, food manufacturers. In the voluntary sector you could work for charities working to bring sanitation and water to developing countries. The public sector offers roles in housing associations, advisor/regulators or as public health advocates in local government, or in central government agencies, for example Public Health England, the Environment Agency or Food Standards Agency.

You will also graduate equipped with the necessary training to support further research around the broad subject of environmental health and could progress to a PhD should you wish to in the future.

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Our MSc Environmental Health two year’s master’s course explores how the environment around us impacts our daily lives and our health through analysing how stressors can affect how our bodies function. Read more
Our MSc Environmental Health two year’s master’s course explores how the environment around us impacts our daily lives and our health through analysing how stressors can affect how our bodies function. We deliver the curriculum of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (a world recognised professional body) teaching about hazard and risk in the topics of: housing and health, environmental protection and health, occupational health and safety, food safety and public health. On completing this course you will have a detailed understanding of risks and how to mitigate impacts using technical, scientific or legal interventions to create a safer and healthier environment.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

Internship

This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time in one of the many companies/industries with which we have close links. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to find and secure a suitable position but ultimately we are in the hands of the employers who are free to decide who they take into their organisation.

Research

If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Geography and Environmental Studies Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) the first 180 credits of this course course fulfils the academic requirement to gain recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner. Full professional accreditation, opens up a broad range of career prospects in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and abroad.

Members of the core teaching team sit on CIEH committees at both local and national level and in their accreditation visit, the CIEH commended ‘the excellent channels of communication established between Northumbria University and the CIEH’.

Learn From The Best

This course is delivered by our highly experienced teaching team. Three of the core four teaching staff are Environmental Health Practitioners who bring many combined years of experience gained working across local government, public health, health promotion, private consultancy, advocacy and specialist divisions of the Health Protection Agency (chemical hazard management and health emergency planning) to equip you with specialist knowledge and skills that are at the forefront of the subject.

Our staff are research-active and hold advanced degrees in complimentary subjects (e.g. environmental engineering and sustainable development and public health) and memberships to professional organisations (including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Emergency Planning Society, etc.) to ensure they are aware of the latest trends, research and developments within this field.

Throughout the duration of your course you will benefit from site visits, presentations from guest lecturers and practical tasks to support you in transferring the theory you have learned into practise.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is focused upon the five core CIEH subject areas: food safety, housing, health and safety, environmental protection and public health.

Delivering an excellent postgraduate experience you will be offered the opportunity to question and reflect on how the world around us can impact on public health, whilst developing the skills and knowledge necessary to understand these risks and how to intervene and manage them effectively.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also participate in debates, discussion and critiques of academic papers, field trips, case study scenarios and general discussions of academic and ethical issues.

Assessments for this course are undertaken in the form of essays, reports, audits, presentations and assessed discussions completed as an individual and part of a group.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

At the end of the course you will have also had the chance to complete professional exams in practical food and the integrated professional assessment. In addition, many of our assessments have been devised to be used as a potential basis to complete parts of your Portfolio of Professional Practice submission to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Using these brings you closer to gaining recognition as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

Module Overview
Year One
KE7008 - Public Health (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7009 - Environmental Protection and Health (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7010 - Housing and Health (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7011 - Managing for Health and Safety (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7012 - Food Safety Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7013 - Foundations for Professional Practice and Research (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7025 - CIEH Integrated Professional Assessment (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
KE7015 - Research or Work Related Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7005 - Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

When studying the MSc Environmental Health course you will have access to our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

You will take part in practical experiments in our research laboratories, in addition to utilising our industry standard portable monitoring and analytical instrumentation to obtain real-world data for air quality, contaminated land and noise.

Specialist software, such as ADMS for air quality modelling, will allow you to analyse and model your findings. All of these experiences contribute to your understanding of how technology is used in the study and practice of environmental health.

With your course’s supporting documentation being available on our e-Learning Portal, Blackboard, and directed reading listed on the e-Reading Lists, both accessible at all times, this means you can support your own learning and self-development of the subject.

Research-Rich Learning

Our teaching team are research-active, specialising in fields such as health and safety management, compliance management, public health, food and safety standards, risk management, peroxides in aqueous solution, air quality, airborne particulates, environmental management in major incidents, and land contamination.

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course, drawing on national and international findings to deepen your understanding of environmental health.

Your research experience is further enhanced with a dissertation where you are assigned to one of the core teaching team to undertake substantial research into a specific academic or work-based topic. You are encouraged to publish your findings in an appropriate journal.

In the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014), 55% of the Geography Department’s research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, making us a top-30 Geography Research Department based on research power.

Give Your Career An Edge

The MSc Environmental Health degree is highly valued by employers thanks to our accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Graduates entering the job market benefit from the strength and breadth of the specialised knowledge gained alongside seeing its practical application. This, combined with transferrable skills embedded throughout the course, including written and verbal communication, team working, critical thought, and problem solving, prepare you for future graduate level employment across the public and private sectors.

We boast fantastic links with local employers meaning that there are placement opportunities usually available to help you complete your CIEH Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP). Many of our students become technical officers and earn a salary whilst they complete their PPP alongside starting to gain experience in their chosen career.

The Advanced Practice semester will help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year master’s course, like this one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Your Future

Graduates will leave prepared for employment in roles such as Environmental Health Officers, risk managers, public health specialists/advocates, and health and safety managers.

As a CIEH accredited Environmental Health Practitioner you can find a career in the public, private or voluntary sectors. As a consultant in the private sector you could be working for holiday chains, supermarkets, food manufacturers. In the voluntary sector you could work in housing associations or for charities working to bring sanitation and water to developing countries. The public sector offers roles as a advisor/regulator or as public health advocates in local government, or in central government agencies, for example Public Health England, the Environment Agency or Food Standards Agency.

You will also graduate equipped with the necessary training to support further research around the broad subject of environmental health and could progress to a PhD should you wish to in the future.

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IN BRIEF. Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Opportunities to work with private, public and third sector organisations improving your career prospects
  • Benefit from lectures from specialist speakers employed in the sector, bringing real-world examples and practice based learning
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This internationally recognised course has been designed to meet the educational needs created by the ever-increasing challenges facing occupational health and safety practitioners. Modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century, and address the risks of disease injury and the design and manufacture of work equipment and systems.

Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking occupational safety and health-related employment,  as well as to meet continuing professional development needs; this course is recognised by ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership.

At the University of Salford, much emphasis is placed upon the development of professional skills and capabilities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problems as part of your dissertation. In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background .

This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry. Our Occupational Health and Safety alumni are actively employed in various sectors both in the UK and overseas. Previous graduates have progressed into careers within the public and private sector, including in consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

COURSE DETAILS

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of occupational safety, health and well-being.  Modules address existing and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risks.  

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that students learn from their experiences while they are supported in reviewing the progress of their own learning.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

This course comprises four taught core modules complemented by a research dissertation.      

For part-time students, the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May.  Year 1 involves the study of two core modules, delivered throughout the year.  Year 2 involves the study of one core module in semester one and one in semester two. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

TEACHING

This course is delivered through lectures and seminars, with students utilising case studies and completing assignments as the course progresses. We place a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers to encourage collaborative learning. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project which will provide networking opportunities with external clients as well as real world context for what you are learning.

ASSESSMENT

Research & Professional Practice  (30 credits)

Project & Learning portfolio (100%)

Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits)

Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)

Organisational Well-Being (30 credits)

Critical evaluation (40%); Case Study (60%)

Management of Occupational Health and Safety (30 credits)

Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)

Dissertation (60 credits)

EMPLOYABILITY

Recognised by the ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership, this course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking occupational safety and health-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry.

Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing alumni are actively employed in various sectors both in the UK and overseas. Previous graduates have progressed into careers within the public and private sector including roles in consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities.  Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problems as part of your dissertation. In addition you are encouraged to engage with a wide range of university wide initiatives to develop employability skills.  

A feature of this course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry.  External expert sessions add value to this vocationally oriented course and Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.  

Furthermore, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background.

FURTHER STUDY

After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)



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On this course, you will explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as environmental and social factors. Read more
On this course, you will explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as environmental and social factors.

Course overview

Evidence shows that work performance is improved if employees have a positive physical and mental wellbeing. Many organisations have therefore realised that they should take a proactive approach to wellness, rather than focusing on illness and absence management. This has created a need for highly skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers.

A key component of this course is a major piece of independent work, where you will focus on a specific area of interest and develop an in-depth project.

You will study health and safety regulation and legislation, communication, management tools, risk assessment, control and mitigation for a range of workplace hazards typical in most industries and organisations. You will also examine related issues such as the impact of societal factors on health in the workplace, and the wider public health agenda.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing MSc is a new course at the University of Sunderland, and is accredited with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As a student on this course, you will be able to join IOSH as a student member and attend IOSH seminars offered by the North East regional group.

We strongly encourage you to take a placement as part of your degree, so that you can apply and develop your learning in a real work context. A placement enables you to augment your experience of work, and also build up a professional network. When you graduate you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on roles in health, safety and wellbeing in a wide range of public, private and regulatory organisations.

Course content

The content of this course has been developed with input from the NHS in the North East. Modules on this course include:

Stage 1
-Health, Safety and Wellbeing 1 (30 Credits)
-Applied Epidemiology (30 Credits)

Stage 2
-Health, Safety and Wellbeing 2 (30 Credits)
-Public Health (20 Credits)

Masters Stage
-Placement or Dissertation (10 Credits each)
-Research Methods and Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will involve lectures, seminars, groupwork and one-to-one sessions with your personal tutor.

Staff teaching on this course are research active in the fields of: the application of occupational psychology principles to workplace health and safety, how human factors impact upon human behaviour; public health focussing on healthy agi­­­­­­­ng and behavioural change themes and epidemiology investigating the impacts of photochemical smog on respiratory health.

The teaching team also have many links with local industry and regulatory bodies. Elements of the course will be delivered by guest speakers and tutors who have a wide range of experience in the sector.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Sciences Complex
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities. The technical equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities, with hundreds of workstations available for students to use. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment
Overall Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant health care and industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

Graduates of this course will gain the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in this increasingly topical area.

Those with experience in health and safety will gain the knowledge needed to enable them to move into the area of wellbeing. Those with a general business background will develop the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of health and safety.

All employers have a duty to address the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. This has created a need for skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers. This course has been developed to fill this skills gap. There are also employment opportunities working for consultants or health and safety regulatory bodies.

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With an increased international focus on health and safety and environmental issues, there is an international demand for SHE (Safety, Health and Environmental) Managers. Read more
With an increased international focus on health and safety and environmental issues, there is an international demand for SHE (Safety, Health and Environmental) Managers. Our course is the perfect preparation for such a role.

Course overview

Sunderland’s postgraduate training is designed to give you the skills and professionalism needed to take up these opportunities. Our course is accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the leading professional body for people working in the field of Health and Safety, which demonstrates the real-world value of this Masters.

This Masters is one of the few postgraduate courses to include an eight-week placement for all students. This allows you to apply your new skills in the workplace. The placements can be extended by a further 12 weeks and many placements have led to job offers.
You will be taught by academic staff with wide practical experience as well as active research interests. Research specialisms include behavioural safety, air pollution, contaminated land and life cycle assessment.

The taught modules will cover the management of both health safety and environment, covering risk assessment, accredited management systems and monitoring and control of environmental and health and safety hazards. You can negotiate the topic of your research project to fit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At MSc level, responsibility for learning lies as much with you as with your tutor. Modules on this course include:

Core modules
-Data Analysis and Research Methods (15 Credits)
-Health and Safety 1 (15 Credits)
-Health and Safety 2 (15 Credits)
-Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (15 Credits)
-Environmental Impact Assessment (15 Credits)
-Pollution Monitoring and Control (15 Credits)
-Risk Assessment and Management (15 Credits)
-Life-Cycle Analysis (15 Credits)
-Research Project (50 Credits)

Choose one of the following:
-Work Experience Placement (10 Credits)
-Dissertation (10 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, group activities, guest speakers and site visits.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment is mainly through coursework and the research project.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Sciences Complex
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities. The technical equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities, with hundreds of workstations available for students to use. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment
Overall Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant environmental safety industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

Employers in the Health and Safety sector increasingly expect candidates to be members of professional bodies such as IOSH.

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