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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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The Occupational Safety and Health Management Masters at Middlesex in London helps you develop an informed, critical and imaginative attitude towards your work in this important area of Occupational Safety and Health and is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Read more
The Occupational Safety and Health Management Masters at Middlesex in London helps you develop an informed, critical and imaginative attitude towards your work in this important area of Occupational Safety and Health and is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The course is designed to put knowledge and skills into a practical context to demonstrate the role and function of the modern occupational safety and practitioner, this will largely be achieved through the use of case study examples, practical exercises and inspections, as well as lectures and seminars from practicing professionals.

Whilst studying the Occupational Safety and Health Management Masters you will examine the most up-to-date thinking in the occupational health and safety sector and learn to analyse and evaluate issues in scientific, technical and managerial terms.

Based at our Hendon campus in London, you will benefit from our excellent student facilities, and be taught by a team of experts. You will benefit enormously from the wealth of knowledge and practical experience our staff bring to the courses.

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Accredited by. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting. Read more
Accredited by: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting.

The programme aims to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills, competencies and ability to reflect and learn from their own professional practice. There is a strong emphasis on students' own practice, and students are encouraged to base their studies on the issues and situations they face in their own field.

The aim of the programme is to develop reflective occupational health, safety and wellbeing practitioners able to understand, develop, implement and monitor both, traditional safety concepts and contemporary health and wellbeing strategies and interventions in the context of the 21st century occupational health environment.

This programme will go through a periodic review on the 1st February 2017. As such the programme title, structure and content may change. Please check this page at that point for up-to-date information.

Course Content

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete the following modules:

• Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): Examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and evaluate their impact on the management of workplace hazards.
• Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Critically appraise the impact of psychological and psychosocial factors upon the perception and communication of, and response to, a range of risks and threats to health and wellbeing.
• Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice
• Management of Occupational Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits): Formulate appropriate control strategies and interventions to effectively manage a range of health and wellbeing issues across a variety of environments.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, students undertake the above modules, plus the following core modules:

• Individual & Organisational Change H&S (10 Credits): Appraise factors which influence organisational response to the management and performance of health, safety and wellbeing.
• Management of Safety Performance (20 Credits): Identify and appraise proactive and reactive approaches to managing, monitoring, reviewing and auditing safety performance in the workplace.
• Reflecting on Professional Development (10 Credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional development. (Typically this module includes an element of work based learning and the completion of two work based projects.)
• Developing Health Safety and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): Enable students to integrate conceptual frameworks, policies and approaches to intervention through the development of a multidisciplinary intervention on an identified occupational health, safety & wellbeing issue. (Typically this module includes the analysis of live data and information from a collaborating organisation.)

To obtain the MSc, students must also complete a research project (60 credits):

• Research Project (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

All of the above modules have been mapped against Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework 2013.

Assessment

The programme is assessed by coursework. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, oral presentations, group work and posters. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Employability & Careers

Graduate Membership of IOSH

Students who successfully complete the MSc programme will be eligible for Graduate membership of IOSH and will subsequently be able to begin the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage of their progression to gaining Chartered status.

Improved career and /or academic progression

Students who have completed the MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University have gained senior management and Director Level positions. Other students have gone on to undertake a PhD or lecture at university.

Internationally recognised and highly regarded qualification

The programme and MSc award is internationally recognised by government bodies, public and private sector and employers from many countries across the world, including amongst others, Oman, Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Germany.

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Accredited by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), upon successful completion of your studies you are entitled to Graduate Member status of the Institution. Read more

Accredited by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), upon successful completion of your studies you are entitled to Graduate Member status of the Institution. This is the leading global professional body in occupational safety and health.

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.

This programme is a comprehensive study into the current and emerging legal and compliance issues, and the scientific, health and psychosocial factors influencing 21st century Health and Safety. It introduces the student to the multitude of factors that are influential in workplace safety and health.

The course has extensive practical emphasis, with regular site visits to a variety of industrial and commercial settings. The knowledge acquired is applied to risk assessment, management and compliance requirements, to maintaining workplace safety, and to building infrastructure and compliance systems.

Demand for qualified individuals who can make a significant impact in the workplace environment on the health and safety of employees is high, with excellent starting salaries and progression.

Features and benefits of the course

-Registration and Graduate membership of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

-Improved opportunities for promotion/employability due to Continuing Professional Development requirements and changes in the service provision nationally

-Strengthened enterprise/research skills

-Greater depth of knowledge/degree of critical and analytical thinking

-Improved transferable skills

-Improved postgraduate employability across a range of sectors

About the Course

This course has been designed to benefit those who currently work in, or aspire to work in, a variety of industries which are subject to increasing legislation around the areas of health, safety and the environment. Industries include environmental management, occupational safety and hygiene, food safety, regulatory enforcement and compliance, litigation and independent consultancy services.

Assessment details

Assignments include critical reviews of practice and regulation, presentations, practical experiments and data analysis reports, case studies and an independent dissertation.



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This programme recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement bodies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental management issues. Read more

This programme recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement bodies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental management issues.

On completion of this course you will be able to identify hazards, evaluate risks, and suggest control measures in a range of situations. The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Course details

The programme is a collaborative endeavour with the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement agencies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental issues.

Postgraduate Diploma

Subjects studied include the following:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Safety Technology
  • Risk and Safety Management
  • Occupational Health and Hygiene
  • Chemical and Biological Incident Management

MSc

(As above, plus the following):

  • Research Methods and Dissertation

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Learning and teaching

Formal lectures; group work; case studies; practical simulations; industrial/commercial visits; and student centred learning.

Employability

On completion of this course you will be in a position to identify hazards, evaluate risks, and suggest control measures in a range of situations. These skills are valued internationally by a range of employers including consultancies, commercial companies, government bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations. The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. 



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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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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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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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Occupational safety and health aims to prevent accidents, ill-health and other losses arising from work and work activities. Read more

Occupational safety and health aims to prevent accidents, ill-health and other losses arising from work and work activities. The last few years have also seen safety professionals becoming increasingly responsible for environmental issues and, with current concern about climate change, this responsibility will almost certainly grow.

This programme covers all aspects of occupational safety, health and environment. Significant emphasis is placed on learning and research and one of the first courses that students take is Critical Thinking, which provides them with the skills necessary to take full advantage of their studies.

Support for online learning

As this is a distance learning programme, students are provided with study guides and supporting texts. Increasing use is made of electronic information sources and an online community is being developed for students. Students are invited to their learning centres at the start of the autumn and spring terms, giving them an opportunity to speak to tutors and other students.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the students research and analytical skills
  • To develop a wider and more in-depth understanding of occupational health, safety and environment theory and practice.

Contact us

Please contact us at  for further information on this distance learning programme.

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed assignments.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Careers

This programme offers enhanced skills for those already working in the field of occupational health and safety.



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Why this course?. This part-time postgraduate study programme in safety and risk management is designed to provide a means of developing highly effective occupational safety and health practitioners that are capable of operating across the full spectrum of working environments. Read more

Why this course?

This part-time postgraduate study programme in safety and risk management is designed to provide a means of developing highly effective occupational safety and health practitioners that are capable of operating across the full spectrum of working environments.

Written and supported by a dedicated team of part-time tutors/practitioners engaged in health and safety practice, this course offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and expertise in a highly practical context.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Safety & Risk Management has been formally accepted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as satisfying the academic requirements for Graduate Membership (GradIOSH). Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, there is an opportunity to progress to higher level study and Chartered Membership (CMIOSH).

This course is available by distance learning only. If you have full-time work commitments, part-time distance learning study enables you to participate in your own time from any location and achieve a valuable qualification of benefit to both you and your organisation.

Flexible entry and exit points allow you to start and finish at appropriate points along the progression route, according to your current qualifications, relevant work experience and requirements.

You’ll study

Postgraduate Certificate

You’ll complete three compulsory modules:

  • Benchmarking Safety & Risk Management
  • Assessing Hazards, Risks & Dangers
  • Optimising Safety & Risk Management Activities

Postgraduate Diploma

You’ll complete four compulsory modules:

  • Methods of Professional Enquiry
  • Psychology of Workplace Activities
  • Ergonomic Factors in Work Activities
  • Corporate Risk Management

Masters

You’ll study one compulsory module. You’re required to plan, implement and evaluate a major piece of research and development work. It involves an investigative and developmental project of professional relevance which is assessed on a report of 12,000 words.

Student competitions

There's the annual IOSH Student Research Poster Competition for students on BSc or MSc degree courses (in occupational safety and health or a cognate subject). Students are entered into the competition by their course tutor.

Finalists have the opportunity to showcase their research at the IOSH Conference and Safety & Health Expo in London, and also receive a cash prize. A number of our MSc graduates have been winners and runners-up. 

Learning & teaching

This course is by distance learning only, delivered online via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace. Each stage of the programme is available with tutor support, providing students with an appropriate level of guidance, assessment and feedback.

Assessment

Assessment is based on continuous assessment of written assignment - there are no examinations.



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What is the Master of Safety Engineering about? .  The Master of Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. Read more

What is the Master of Safety Engineering about? 

 The Master of Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. You’ll obtain detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant, and risk evaluations based on qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Structure

The Master of Safety Engineering comprises a total of 60 credits. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (23 credits) that are taken up by every student. This party contains courses with themes that are of interest to every safety professional, irrespective of the specialisation option. All courses in this part are taught in English. This relatively large core part ensures that every student is given the same broad basic education about the specialised field of safety.

After a general introduction to safety engineering, prevention policy and safety management systems are treated. Safety of products, processes and installations are discussed next and qualitative risk analysis techniques, fire and explosion safety complete this section.

Furthermore, students choose between one of two available options (22 credits each): Option Process Safety or Option Prevention. In turn, each option contains a number of compulsory courses (16 credits) and elective courses (6 credits). 

The Option Prevention focuses on occupational safety and health-related issues. The compulsory courses in this option also discuss non-technical aspects concerning safety. This option is mainly of interest to candidates who want to obtain the Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1.

The Option Process Safety provides students with a detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant from concept to design, construction and operation to decommissioning. Safety concepts of representative operational units are presented in a series of case studies. Examples of required safety oriented competences in industrial operations are also discussed. It is shown how risk evaluations and estimates based on qualitative and quantitative methods are performed.

Each student also needs to choose elective courses either from a short indicative list, or from any Master’s programme within the Group of Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Finally, students have to complete a Master’s thesis of 15 credits, which represents an effort that is consistent with a programme of 60 credits in total.

The programme can be completed normally in one-year on a full-time basis. However, to facilitate the participation of working professionals, it can also be followed on a two year part-time basis.

Objectives

After finishing this advanced Master's programme, the student should:

  • have a broadly based knowledge of the different scientific disciplines that are needed to study and analyse the diverse technical and non-technical issues related to safety technology, risk management and loss prevention.
  • have acquired the capabilities and competences to perform or co-ordinate a scientifically sound analysis of safety related problems and their solutions within the governing boundary conditions (legal, organisational, technical, environmental, etc.).

To carry out the programme's objectives, teaching activities consist of a combination of classroom lectures, practically oriented seminars and site visits. The instructors themselves come from the academic world both inside and outside K.U.Leuven, or have been recruited from reputable industrial companies because of their long-standing expertise and willingness to contribute to teaching and training.

Career perspectives

In many countries, there is a permanent and growing need for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at the academic level in the field of safety engineering and safety management. This is due to the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the growing number of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme find employment in small national and large multinational industrial companies at home and abroad or are employed in private and/or governmental organisations. Such organisations need experts with the ability to conduct research, carry out analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of safety.

Moreover, in some countries (including Belgium), companies beyond a certain size dealing with specific risks are required by law to hire or even employ a certified prevention advisor. This certification can be acquired through the Prevention option of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering (Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1).

It is also possible for graduates to begin a career as an independent consultant with expertise in safety and environmental areas.



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With safety, health and environmental issues becoming increasingly important, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills.

This Masters award produces such health and safety practitioners, who can identify, assess and solve health, safety and environmental problems by applying the principles of good management.

This course has been developed using the expertise of staff at the University, which has been recognised by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) as a Centre of Excellence for Quality in Education.

You will develop your knowledge of technical subject areas through an extension into managing health and safety, while giving due consideration to the sustainable economic development of business and the environment.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/282-msc-safety-health-and-environmental-management

What you will study

You will complete six modules and a dissertation:
- Business Law
- Research Methods and Professional Development
- Business and Risk Management
- Environmental Management
- Workplace Evaluation and Control
- Health and Safety Management

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered in three major blocks, which offers an intensive but flexible learning pattern with two start points each year – February and September. For each module, you will usually complete two assignments based on case studies or workplace scenarios, plus an examination. There will be group work, recommended reading and tutorials each week. Your final dissertation will be bespoke to you and
could be based in industry.

If you successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) element of the course, you can apply for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). You will then be required to undertake a period of Initial Professional Development (IPD) before becoming a Chartered Member of the Institution. This is an essential qualification for safety practitioners who need to manage safety and integrate the demands of corporate development and legislation

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Our strong industrial and commercial links help us tailor our courses to meet employer’s needs, and ensure you graduate with the right skills to develop an exciting, dynamic career in construction. This industry relationship has been formalised into the Built Environment Strategic Forum (BESF). The mutual benefits arising from this university/industry partnership are significant and guarantee enhanced employability potential to our students and graduates.

Career prospects are excellent, particularly as employers value the skills and experience you will gain through the MSc Safety, Health and Environmental Management degree. Opportunities exist in a variety of organisations, including environmental protection, and occupational safety and health in private and public sectors.

Assessment methods

Many modules are continually assessed while other modules are a mixture of continuous assessment and examination.

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Programme Background

Public awareness of hazards and risks has enhanced the importance of safety assessment and management in today’s increasingly litigious society. Worldwide the burden of responsibility for health and safety is shifting towards those who own, manage and work in industrial and commercial organisations. Legal reform is tending to replace detailed industry specific legislation with a modern approach in which, where possible, goals and general principles are set and the onus is on organisations to show how they manage to achieve these goals.

The management of safety and risk needs to be integrated into the overall management of the organisation. It should be appropriate and cost-effective without dampening the innovative entrepreneurial spirit of employees with inflexible bureaucratic rules and procedures. An organisation’s exposure to potential hazards needs to be managed so as to reduce the chance of loss and mitigate any effects. Risk and safety issues need to be evaluated in a structured and calculated manner but in the light of an overall organisational strategy.

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Safety and Risk Management aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of risk assessment techniques, the public and individual perception of risk, and how decisions are made in competitive business markets. The focus is on practical applications of safety methodologies, ergonomics and human factors, and safety and risk management techniques.

All of these skills will be drawn together to undertake complex qualitative and quantitative risk assessments. The core of the programme is the management of safety, but it is set within a broader remit where safety issues are part of a general risk management system with a balance of financial, quality and environmental concerns. The overall aim of the programme is to develop students’ skills and personal qualities to be able to undertake safety studies and manage safety and risk to the best national and international standards.

Professional Recognition

This MSc degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.ukfor further information.

The MSc and PgDip degrees have also been accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Graduates are eligible to join IOSH as Graduate members and then undertake an initial professional development process that leads to Chartered membership. http://www.iosh.co.uk for further information.

Programme Content

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Safety, Risk and Management is only available by attendance-free distance learning. The programme comprises eight courses. All courses have written examinations and some have compulsory coursework elements. MSc students are also required to complete an individual project (dissertation).

For the project component of the programme distance learners are likely to develop something based in their country of residence with advice and supervision from staff in the School. This may well include work with a local company or may involve independent study. Individual arrangements will be set up with each student.

For more detailed information on this programme please contact the Programme Leader before applying (see above).

Courses

• Risk Assessment and Safety Management
This courses aims to give students an appreciation of risk from individual and societal perspectives as well as understanding the basic principles of risk assessment and modelling and how safety management works in practice.

• Human Factors Methods
This course will equip students from academic and/or industrial backgrounds with knowledge on, and the means to deploy, a wide range of specialist human factors techniques. The emphasis is on method selection, application, combination and integration within existing business practices. Students will develop a critical awareness of what methods exist, how to apply them in practice and their principle benefits and limitations.

• Human Factors in the Design and Evaluation of Control Rooms
The course will equip students from academic and/or industrial backgrounds with in-depth knowledge on, insights into, and the means to deploy a wide range of specialist techniques relevant to the ergonomic design and evaluation of control rooms. The emphasis is on key areas of control room operations and on actionable ways to deploy theory on human capabilities and limitations in order to improve performance, safety, efficiency and overall operator well being.

• Fire Safety, Explosions and Process Safety
Introduces students to the basic principles of fire safety science and engineering, and develops skills in associated modelling leading to an understanding of principal fire/explosion related issues in process safety.

• Environmental Impact Assessment
Provides the candidate with the knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of the Environmental Impact Assessment. By the end of the course, the student should be familiar with the European EIA legislation and its translation into the Scottish planning system, and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the EIA process, the tools and the agents involved in an EIA and the possible problems with using EIA as a decision making tool. . It is also intended that the student will be able to appreciate the purpose of the EIA process from a number of perspectives; that of a developer, an EIA practitioner and a policy maker.

• Project Management Theory and Practice
Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and practices of construction project management used to provide value added services to clients within the constraints of time, cost, quality sustainability and health and safety management.

• Learning from Disasters
Gives students an in depth understanding of some of the classic disasters and their consequences by using a range of practical accident investigation techniques. Students will learn to analyse complex histories in order to find the underlying root cause.

• Value and Risk Management.
Aims to introduce the concepts of value and risk management, apply them to strategic and tactical problems and illustrate their tools and techniques through case study.

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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 MSc programme consists of four elements; lecture courses, continuous assessment, practical work, and a minor research thesis.

Programme description
The programme is divided into seven subject areas that include: occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics, safety and risk management, research methods, legal studies, and management studies. Students will gain experience in the use of state-of-the-art equipment and software packages. They will also observe occupational health & safety in the workplace at first-hand through extensive site visits. Students will be exposed to relevant domain experts through seminars and team-based projects.

Programme aims and objectives
The programme will give participants formal instruction in the broad multidisciplinary areas of occupational health & safety and enable them to take on managerial responsibilities for these matters within an industry or to work with a regulatory agency or consultancy firm. It will also provide a foundation for further research in the areas of occupational health, ergonomics, occupational hygiene, and safety engineering. The programme has been recognised by the Irish Health and Safety Authority and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of the U.K. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

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