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The MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management degree course has been designed to be industry relevant and is fully accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Read more
The MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management degree course has been designed to be industry relevant and is fully accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Working with experienced practitioners in designing this programme, our degree provides the skills and knowledge for the practical application of Strategic Health, Safety and Risk Management. The course will also be of interest to managers who wish to attain a formal management qualification in this area and others who wish to develop careers in this field. The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). We work closely with our proactive Industrial Liaison Panel to ensure our course is relevant and up to date.

Safety doesn’t happen by accident!

The benefits of our course are:
•Our Partnerships with Industry
•The excellent facilities at RGU
•The strong emphasis we place on preparing our students for employment
•The tools we provide our students with to ensure their professional development and growth
•The career management facilities at RGU
•Our supportive learning environment
•IOSH Accreditation

See the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate/health-and-safety-and-risk-management

Course detail

Subjects reflect areas of professional practice and are designed to provide students with an understanding of the management of Health, Safety and Risk. They also take a strategic view of this, and of related areas such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and the Environment. In addition to the legal perspectives students will be encouraged to consider the management, human and psychological factors essential to the successful implementation of Health, Safety and Risk strategy.

A key feature of the Diploma stage of the course is the incorporation of a work based project. In the course of this project, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of health, safety and risk to a current work related problem or issue.

Stage 1

•Personal and Research Skills for Professionals
•Health, Safety and Risk: People Management
•Health, Safety and Risk in an Organisational Context
•Hazard Identification and Risk Management

Exit award: PgCert Health Safety and Risk Management

Stage 2

•Health, Safety and Risk Behavioural Management
•Health, Safety and Risk Management: Accident Investigation and Analysis
•Strategic Health, Safety and Risk Management
•Health, Safety and Risk: Professional Development and Practice

Exit award: PgDip Health Safety and Risk Management

Stage 3

•Dissertation

Award: MSc Health Safety and Risk Management

Format

The course is studied online. This flexible approach will provide the opportunity for those working in the field, and who wish to attain a formal management qualification in this area, to study and also maintain their career path.

Online Learning: Online delivery is through the University's Virtual Learning Environment CampusMoodle, where you will have access to the same teaching material as on-campus students. There will be the opportunity for you to interact with tutors and fellow students from around the world. The Part Time Executive and Online Learning courses are delivered simultaneously so all students work on the same modules.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): It is also possible to enrol for individual modules on a CPD basis and this course provides the opportunity to develop reflective skills and continue to enhance your knowledge and expertise throughout your career.

Placements and accreditations

This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The accreditation is on the basis that successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Health, Safety and Risk Management, satisfies the requirements for admission to Graduate membership. Thereafter students may progress to Chartered membership by providing evidence of their practice skills through a process of Initial Professional Development (IPD).

Careers

Those graduating with a masters in Health, Safety and Risk Management, already working in this area, will be able to demonstrate competency in the strategic management of Health, Safety and Risk and develop their career towards senior management roles.

Other graduates wishing to move into this field and develop their career will be able to improve their employment opportunities by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the health, safety and risk management and the related issues along with a track record of successful Masters level study in the field.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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The MSc programme has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is available via face-to-face, distance learning and blended learning. Read more
The MSc programme has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is available via face-to-face, distance learning and blended learning. It is intended for anyone working in process safety, technical safety, safety engineering or nuclear safety within major hazard industries, such as oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, nuclear, transportation and mining.

Our MSc in Risk and Safety Management (IChemE Process Safety Pathway) is approved by IChemE as meeting the knowledge and understanding requirements for IChemE's Professional Process Safety Engineer qualification.
For students wishing to follow the IChemE Pathway, the PgDip modules must include Physical Effects Modelling, and Incident Investigation Analysis.

Risktec delivers 4 types of postgraduate academic awards via distance learning, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU):
• Masters Degree (MSc) in Risk & Safety Management
• Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Risk & Safety Management
• Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Risk & Safety Management
• Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) for single subject modules

Masters programme in Risk and Safety Management

Our next Masters programme in Risk and Safety Management starts on 1st February 2018 and consists of the following 12 modules, plus a 15,000 word dissertation:

• Principles of Risk Management
• Research Methods in Risk & Safety Management
• Hazard Identification
• Risk Analysis
• Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Management Systems
• Risk Reduction & ALARP
• Culture, Behaviour and Competency
• Bowtie Risk Management
• Physical Effects Modelling or HAZOP Study
• Emergency Response & Crisis Management
• Human Factors in Design & Operations
• Incident Investigation & Analysis or Safety/HSE Cases

Each module takes 8 weeks to complete and is delivered online by highly experienced, practising risk and safety management consultants working in the safety-critical, major hazard industries.
Students may enrol on shorter programmes (PgCert or PgDip) and then upgrade to the Masters.
Certain individual modules may also be studied, leading to CPD awards.

Why select a Distance Learning Programme with Risktec?

- Risktec is respected as a leading risk and safety management consulting and education company, with some of the world’s most impressive companies as clients.
- Gaining a formal postgraduate qualification from a recognised institution helps improve your career prospects and could also increase your remuneration.
- A postgraduate qualification helps an inexperienced graduate to prove to a prospective employer their commitment to the field of risk and safety.
- A postgraduate qualification can be a ‘fast-track’ into the growing risk and safety market for people working in related fields.
- An experienced person already working as a risk and safety practitioner will gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the subject, while also achieving formal recognition of their hard earned experience.
- Participants can study at a time that best suits them, working at their own pace and from home.
- Participants gain access to Risktec’s experienced consultant-teachers, as well as the opportunity to network and interact with other students during group tasks.
- Distance learning avoids the costs of travel and accommodation associated with classroom learning.

Distance learning is delivered via our online learning environment, ‘Risktec Online’. The modules’ materials comprise slides and explanatory notes, plus references to further reading and useful websites. Students engage in online activities including tests, discussions and group tasks. This approach encourages participation and interaction amongst students.
Support from the module teacher is available throughout the programme. Our distance learning programmes are 100% online, therefore students can study and submit assessments from anywhere in the world.

For more details please contact or visit http://www.risktec.tuv.com/training-and-education/scheduled-courses.aspx

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Public awareness of hazards and risks has enhanced the importance of safety assessment and management in today’s increasingly litigious society. Read more

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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The PgDip programme has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is available via face-to-face, distance learning and blended learning. Read more
The PgDip programme has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is available via face-to-face, distance learning and blended learning. It is intended for anyone working in process safety, technical safety, safety engineering or nuclear safety within major hazard industries, such as oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, nuclear, transportation and mining.

The PgDip is part of our MSc in Risk and Safety Management (IChemE Process Safety Pathway), which is approved by IChemE as meeting the knowledge and understanding requirements for IChemE's Professional Process Safety Engineer qualification.
For students wishing to follow the IChemE Pathway, the PgDip modules must include Physical Effects Modelling and Incident Investigation Analysis.

Risktec delivers 4 types of postgraduate academic awards via distance learning, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU):
• Masters Degree (MSc) in Risk & Safety Management
• Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Risk & Safety Management
• Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Risk & Safety Management
• Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) for single subject modules

Our next

Postgraduate Diploma programme in Risk and Safety Management

will starts on 1st February 2018. and consists of the following 12 modules:
• Principles of Risk Management
• Research Methods in Risk & Safety Management
• Hazard Identification
• Risk Analysis
• Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Management Systems
• Risk Reduction & ALARP
• Culture, Behaviour and Competency
• Bowtie Risk Management
• Physical Effects Modelling or HAZOP Study
• Emergency Response & Crisis Management
• Human Factors in Design & Operations
• Incident Investigation & Analysis or Safety/HSE Cases

Each module takes 8 weeks to complete and is delivered on-line by highly experienced, practising risk and safety management consultants working in the safety-critical, major hazard industries.
Students may enrol on the one year programmes leading to a PgCert, the two year programme leading to a PgDip or the three year programme leading to an MSc or certain individual modules may also be studied leading to the award of a CPD.

Why select a Distance Learning Programme with Risktec?

- Risktec is respected as a leading risk and safety management consulting and education company, with some of the world’s most impressive companies as clients.
- Gaining a formal postgraduate qualification from a recognised institution helps improve your career prospects and could also increase your remuneration.
- A postgraduate qualification helps an inexperienced graduate to prove to a prospective employer their commitment to the field of risk and safety.
- A postgraduate qualification can be a ‘fast-track’ into the growing risk and safety market for people working in related fields.
- An experienced person already working as a risk and safety practitioner will gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the subject, while also achieving formal recognition of their hard earned experience.
- Participants can study at a time that best suits them, working at their own pace and from home.
- Participants gain access to Risktec’s experienced consultant-teachers, as well as the opportunity to network and interact with other students during group tasks.
- Distance learning avoids the costs of travel and accommodation associated with classroom learning.

Distance learning is delivered via our online learning environment, ‘Risktec Online’. The module material comprises slides and explanatory notes, plus references to further reading and useful websites. Students engage in online activities including tests, discussions and group tasks. This approach encourages participation and interaction amongst students.

Support from the module teacher is available throughout the programme. Our distance learning programmes are 100% online, therefore students can study and submit assessments from anywhere in the world.

For more details please contact or visit http://www.risktec.co.uk/training-and-education/scheduled-courses.aspx

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The PgCert programme has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is available via face-to-face, distance learning and blended learning. Read more
The PgCert programme has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is available via face-to-face, distance learning and blended learning. It is intended for anyone working in process safety, technical safety, safety engineering or nuclear safety within major hazard industries, such as oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, nuclear, transportation and mining.

The PgCert is part of our MSc in Risk and Safety Management (IChemE Process Safety Pathway), which is approved by IChemE as meeting the knowledge and understanding requirements for IChemE's Professional Process Safety Engineer qualification.

Risktec delivers 4 types of postgraduate academic awards via distance learning, in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU):
• Masters Degree (MSc) in Risk & Safety Management
• Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Risk & Safety Management
• Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Risk & Safety Management
• Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) for single subject modules

Our next

Postgraduate Certificate programme in Risk and Safety Management

starts on 1st February 2018 and consists of the following 6 modules:
• Principles of Risk Management
• Research Methods in Risk & Safety Management
• Hazard Identification
• Risk Analysis
• Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Management Systems
• Risk Reduction & ALARP

Each module takes 8 weeks to complete and is delivered on-line by highly experienced, practising risk and safety management consultants working in the safety-critical, major hazard industries.
On successful completion of the PgCert programme, students may upgrade to the PgDip or MSc programmes.
Certain individual modules may also be studied, leading to CPD awards.

Why select a Distance Learning Programme with Risktec?

- Risktec is respected as a leading risk and safety management consulting and education company, with some of the world’s most impressive companies as clients.
- Gaining a formal postgraduate qualification from a recognised institution helps improve your career prospects and could also increase your remuneration.
- A postgraduate qualification helps an inexperienced graduate to prove to a prospective employer their commitment to the field of risk and safety.
- A postgraduate qualification can be a ‘fast-track’ into the growing risk and safety market for people working in related fields.
- An experienced person already working as a risk and safety practitioner will gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the subject, while also achieving formal recognition of their hard earned experience.
- Participants can study at a time that best suits them, working at their own pace and from home.
- Participants gain access to Risktec’s experienced consultant-teachers, as well as the opportunity to network and interact with other students during group tasks.
- Distance learning avoids the costs of travel and accommodation associated with classroom learning.

Distance learning is delivered via our online learning environment, ‘Risktec Online’. The module material comprises slides and explanatory notes, plus references to further reading and useful websites. Students engage in online activities including tests, discussions and group tasks. This approach encourages participation and interaction amongst students.

Support from the module teacher is available throughout the programme. Our distance learning programmes are 100% online, therefore students can study and submit assessments from anywhere in the world.

For more details please contact or visit http://www.risktec.co.uk/training-and-education/scheduled-courses.aspx

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In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience. Read more
In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), this programme is designed to provide you with the skills to excel in such roles as a risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst or business continuity manager within a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will develop the ability to establish risk policy and structures for business units, design and review processes for risk management, develop risk response processes including contingency and business continuity programmes.

The Glasgow School for Business and Society is one of the world's leading centres for the provision of risk management education, consultancy and research, with more than thirty years' experience in the field. Since 1982, our programmes have attracted students from around the world. Our programme is based on current research and publications in the field, and taught by staff who understand the key concerns of managers in both the private and public sectors.

This programme is offered full-time, part-time and by distance learning at our Glasgow and London campuses.

This course is available for study on different start-dates and methods of study - please view the respective web-pages for the different start dates and part time opportunities.

SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02671-1PTA-1718/Risk_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02573-1FTAB-1617/Risk_Management_(Jan_start)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02573-1FTAB-1718/Risk_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Our Research in Risk

Current and applied research is essential underpinning for a high quality postgraduate programme. Our academic staff are involved in a broad range of risk-related and business-focused research and publication.

Recent research projects carried out by staff include a government funded study into risk assessment relating to private finance initiatives in the construction industry, a survey on employment risks in conjunction with Marsh UK Ltd , a report on the risks associated with e-commerce, for the Association of British Insurers, and a series of reports and briefings for the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers.

Some of the areas in which staff research and publish include:
-Corporate governance
-Insurance Risk regulation
-Occupational health and safety
-Employment risks
-Risk assessment and management of Private Finance Initiative projects
-Public sector risk management
-Healthcare risk management
-Financial risk management

Study and Assessment

Study Information
We provide a wide variety of support, through tutors and materials, to our students studying by distance learning or on-campus.

Books & Materials
All modules use a range of paper-based and online materials.

Feedback
Students will receive feedback on all assessments as well as responses to specific queries raised during their study of any particular Module. Receipt of any communication will generally be acknowledged within 7 working days and written feedback will be supplied.

Contact
This will be mainly by post, our online 'Virtual Learning Environment' GCU Learn, or by email. The bulk of the contact for each Module will be with the Module Tutor concerned.

Assessment
Assessment will be continuous - a combination of formative and summative assessment. Assessment is by a variety of means - case studies, portfolios, essays and reports. You will be advised of the dates and times on which coursework must be submitted.

Submitting Work for Assessment
Campus-based students will submit a hard copy of any assessment, as well as an electronic copy via GCU Learn. Distance Learning students will submit by email and through GCU Learn.

Professional Affiliations

Holders of the MSc Risk Management are entitled to a standard award of 60 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Graduates holding the MSc Risk Management from GCU are also entitled to be granted substantial exemptions from the examination requirements of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM).

Career Opportunities

The focus of the degree is on equipping the professional ‘risk manager’. This role neither sets strategy nor runs operations - the professional risk manager (whether in private manufacturing or service industries, local government, healthcare, or non-profit sector) facilitates the risk management process, educates, informs and motivates others to manage risk, and provides expert advice and input on the tools of modern risk management. Job titles vary (risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst, risk co-ordinator, clinical risk manager) and the emphasis varies from organisation to organisation, sector to sector.

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In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience. Read more
In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), this programme is designed to provide you with the skills to excel in such roles as a risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst or business continuity manager within a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will develop the ability to establish risk policy and structures for business units, design and review processes for risk management, develop risk response processes including contingency and business continuity programmes.

The Glasgow School for Business and Society is one of the world's leading centres for the provision of risk management education, consultancy and research, with more than thirty years' experience in the field. Since 1982, our programmes have attracted students from around the world.

Our programme is based on current research and publications in the field, and taught by staff who understand the key concerns of managers in both the private and public sectors.

This programme is offered full-time, part-time and by distance learning at our Glasgow and London campuses. For more information, please view the respective web-pages.

January 2017 (Part Time Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02649-1DLAB-1617/Risk_Management_(Distance_Learning)_(Jan_start)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (Part Time Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02649-1DLAB-1718/Risk_Management_(Distance_Learning)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Our Research in Risk

Current and applied research is essential underpinning for a high quality postgraduate programme. Our academic staff are involved in a broad range of risk-related and business-focused research and publication.

Recent research projects carried out by staff include a government funded study into risk assessment relating to private finance initiatives in the construction industry, a survey on employment risks in conjunction with Marsh UK Ltd , a report on the risks associated with e-commerce, for the Association of British Insurers, and a series of reports and briefings for the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers.

Some of the areas in which staff research and publish include:
-Corporate governance
-Insurance Risk regulation
-Occupational health and safety
-Employment risks
-Risk assessment and management of Private Finance Initiative projects
-Public sector risk management
-Healthcare risk management
-Financial risk management

Professional Affiliations

Holders of the MSc Risk Management are entitled to a standard award of 60 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Graduates holding the MSc Risk Management from GCU are also entitled to be granted substantial exemptions from the examination requirements of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM).

Study and Assessment

Study Information
We provide a wide variety of support, through tutors and materials, to our students studying by distance learning or on-campus.

Books & Materials
All modules use a range of paper-based and online materials.

Feedback
Students will receive feedback on all assessments as well as responses to specific queries raised during their study of any particular Module. Receipt of any communication will generally be acknowledged within 7 working days and written feedback will be supplied.

Contact
This will be mainly by post, our online 'Virtual Learning Environment' GCU Learn, or by email. The bulk of the contact for each Module will be with the Module Tutor concerned.

Assessment
Assessment will be continuous - a combination of formative and summative assessment. Assessment is by a variety of means - case studies, portfolios, essays and reports. You will be advised of the dates and times on which coursework must be submitted.

Submitting Work for Assessment
Campus-based students will submit a hard copy of any assessment, as well as an electronic copy via GCU Learn. Distance Learning students will submit by email and through GCU Learn.

Career Opportunities

The focus of the degree is on equipping the professional ‘risk manager’. This role neither sets strategy nor runs operations - the professional risk manager (whether in private manufacturing or service industries, local government, healthcare, or non-profit sector) facilitates the risk management process, educates, informs and motivates others to manage risk, and provides expert advice and input on the tools of modern risk management. Job titles vary (risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst, risk co-ordinator, clinical risk manager) and the emphasis varies from organisation to organisation, sector to sector.

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​The safety and quality of food is a major concern to consumers, retailers, manufactures and regulators. High profile incidents have highlighted the need for the effective management systems and regulatory frameworks for food safety at the local, national and international levels. Read more

Course Overview

​The safety and quality of food is a major concern to consumers, retailers, manufactures and regulators. High profile incidents have highlighted the need for the effective management systems and regulatory frameworks for food safety at the local, national and international levels.

Increasingly, professionals within this field require specialised knowledge and skills to help them identify and effectively manage risks. In response to these challenges, this PgCert/PgDip/MSc has been designed to meet the development needs of UK and international food safety specialists working in commerce and industry and enforcement agencies.

The aims of the programme are to:
- Enable students to evaluate international, national and sector specific frameworks for the prevention and management of and crisis response to food safety risks

- Provide opportunities for students to develop academic and subject specific knowledge and skills of relevance to employment in the field of food safety

- Support the development of reflective practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to appraise, develop and evaluate responses to food safety risks​.

​Course Content​​

The programme utilises theoretical frameworks and practical case studies to enable students to identify potential hazards, assess risk and to develop and monitor risk management strategies. The teaching team has many years experience in policy development, research and consultancy working in industry and the enforcement of legislation. The team operates at the international level and this is reflected in the teaching sessions.

The taught element of the programme comprises the equivalent of 6 modules of 20 credit points each (comprising 4 half modules and 4 full modules).

The taught modules offered are as follows:
- Risk Perception and Communication (10 credits)
- Frameworks for the Assessment of Risk (10 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Epidemiology (10 credits)
- Evaluating Global Food Safety Management Standards (20 credits)
- Implementing Global Food Safety Management Standards (20 credits)
- ​Food Safety Emergency Management (20 credits)
- Product Conformity and Labelling (10 credits)

The dissertation phase of the module is comprised of a number of components including the development of a research proposal, an in-depth literature review and presentation of the findings of self-directed research in the form of an academic paper. This phase of the studies allows students to develop specific knowledge in relation to a food safety issue of particular interest to them.

Upon completion of the Programme, students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate global and national policy, legal and sector specific frameworks for food safety management and propose evidence based approaches for best practice
- Appraise psychosocial factors impacting upon the perception, communication and response to food safety risks.
- Critically evaluate models of risk assessment and risk management
- Critically review relevant research
- Critically appraise approaches to the assessment and management of risk and inform the development of food safety management strategies and the implementation of food safety management systems.
- Evaluate and apply approaches to emergency preparedness and crisis response.
- Critically review relevant research
- Demonstrate the ability to design, plan, and undertake research in the discipline of food safety management and present the findings.
- Critically reflect on professional and personal practice, skills and competencies.​

Learning & Teaching​

​The teaching and learning strategy for the Programme places a strong emphasis on application of theoretical frameworks to real problems and situations. Teaching and assessment focuses on case studies and exercises and scenarios reflecting contemporary issues in food safety management.

The Learning and Teaching strategies adopted, encourages substantial input from students. Whilst lectures are seen as opportunities for imparting key information and pointing students in a particular direction for further study, they are also intended to be interactive and debate is encouraged.
Lectures are complemented by seminar sessions designed to encourage a more detailed examination of issues. In addition to enhancing understanding, these sessions are seen to be important as a means of helping students to develop analytical and critical appraisal skills.

Finally, case study and role-play sessions are scheduled. During these sessions, there is further opportunity not only to develop those skills appropriate for the achievement of learning outcomes but also to develop skills that will enhance performance within a workplace setting.

The Learning and Teaching Strategy emphasises the value of evaluating ones performance and developing approaches to maximize learning and the application of skills and knowledge. Assumptions underpinning the analysis of information and response options are explored and alternative interpretations (that are often based upon cultural orientations) are examined. It is the intention that students graduating from the programme will operate as reflective practitioners.​

Assessment

Students' performance is assessed via a course work of a variety of forms including essays and reports. Tutors will offer advice in relation to the development of assignments; each student is allocated a personal supervisor to support their dissertation phase of studies.

Employability & Careers​

The Programme is seen to be of particular relevance to those wishing to further their expertise in food safety management.

The programme is also of relevance to students with a general enforcement background or food industry background who wish to specialise in food safety. Expertise exists within the teaching team to support graduates of the programme who wish to embark on PhD studies.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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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.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/safetyriskmanagement/

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.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for people who already have a suitable combination of academic ability, subject knowledge and work experience in the general area of occupational health and safety.

Admission to the programme is determined by both academic and work experience criteria to reflect the non-traditional routes into the health and safety profession.

Applicants holding a recognised University degree and a level 3 Health and Safety Qualification (NEBOSH Certificate or equivalent) will be eligible to join the Safety and Risk Management Programme at Postgraduate Certificate level.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above will be assessed for admission on the basis of their portfolio of courses undertaken and relevant work experience.

Those seeking admission with advanced standing may include prior learning in recognised courses or work-based experience as entry criteria. Further information is available on request.

Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma will normally follow successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate. Students who have gained equivalent academic qualifications at Postgraduate Certificate level may be accepted onto the course.

Direct entry to the MSc is not available. Students must first complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Safety & Risk Management before being allowed to continue on to the MSc.

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.

Careers

- Where are they now?
100% of our MSc graduates are in work or further study**

Job titles include:
- Assistant Director of HR (Health & Safety)
- Clinical Risk Coordinator
- District Commander
- Head of HSE
- Health and Safety Advisor
- HSEQ Manager

Employers include:
- Balfour Beatty
- Compass Group
- Malone Engineering
- NHS
- ENSCO Plc
- Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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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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Enhance your credentials by earning a graduate certificate in Environmental Health and Safety Management online from The University of Alabama. Read more
Enhance your credentials by earning a graduate certificate in Environmental Health and Safety Management online from The University of Alabama. The online EHSM certificate is a 15-hour program that focuses on preventing workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities and is perfect for those who currently work in or plan to work in a technical manager’s role. The credits may also be applied toward a Master’s degree.

Designed to meet the educational and credentialing needs of staff managers who currently hold a Bachelor’s degree and are in need of specialized health and safety training, the EHSM certificate can ease the transition from a practitioner’s role to a technical manager’s role. This accredited certificate program may also allow you take the national accrediting exam administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Most EHSM students are highly specialized in their particular discipline and are employed primarily in large business or governmental organizations, including but not limited to safety engineering, industrial hygiene, health physics, ergonomics,risk management for workers compensation insurance and hazardous materials control.

This program will also benefit professionals who are not health and safety specialists but hold or are seeking a position of responsibility for the health and safety function in their organization. These individuals tend to have educational backgrounds in human resource management, industrial engineering, quality control or other staff support areas.

Visit the website http://bamabydistance.ua.edu/degrees/graduate-certificate-in-environmental-health-and-safety-management-online/

Upon completion, the student will be able to:

- Apply general management concepts and principles to EHSM functions

- Demonstrate understanding of EHSM regulations and methods of compliance

- Evaluate organizational culture as it relates to safety and health performance

- Design and implement effective safety and health training

- Demonstrate creative problem solving concerning EHSM issues

- Demonstrate effective conflict resolution skills involving EHSM issues

Course Descriptions

- HES 512 - Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety Management

This course presents an overview of environmental health and safety (EH&S) management with its emphasis on preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The importance of considering relevant science and engineering in all EH&S management decisions is emphasized. Governmental regulations and insurance matters affecting EH&S performance also are identified and discussed. Qualifications for employment in the field of EH&S management are described and current career opportunities are explored.

- HES 513- Occupational Health & Safety Law

This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of issues that can impact upon private sector employers under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, including rule making, the duty to comply with standards, General Duty Clause, requirements at multi-employer worksites, record-keeping, employer and employee rights, refusal to work and whistle blower protection, hazard communication, voluntary safety and health audits, inspections and investigations, citations, criminal enforcement, and judicial review. This course will also provide students with an introduction to peripheral “toxic tort” law concepts that should be understood by Safety and Health Managers including theories of liability, CERCLA liability, employer liability, tort defenses, causation, injuries, damages, and mass tort actions.

- HES 514- Health & Safety Regulations & Regulatory Compliance

This course addresses regulatory compliance as an important objective of all EH & S managers and the companies they represent. Focus is directed to workplace regulations of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The purpose, history, structure, jurisdiction, and operations of the agency are presented. Major health and safety standards that have been promulgated by OSHA are considered in some detail. Students learn how their organization can prepare for and respond to OSHA inspections effectively.

- HES 516- Practical Statistics for Safety Professionals

This course provides students with an introduction to basic research methods and statistical analysis for safety managers. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts of problem statement development, variables, hypothesis testing, and research design. Additionally, relevant descriptive and inferential statistic used in the field of Occupational Health and Safety will be covered with an emphasis on the interpretation of results. Students will learn a variety of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. The inferential techniques include an emphasis on statistical inference that is commonly used in safety management (e.g., t-tests and correlation). The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the basic research methods and statistical concepts required by safety managers to identify and mitigate risks using quantitative measures.

- HES 518 - Environmental Law

This course will provide students with a framework understanding of key federal environmental statutes and regulatory requirements that are likely to impact upon the day-to-day operation of a business or industrial facility that a company's Safety and Health Manager should be familiar with, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), Underground Storage Tank (UST) program, Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Oil Pollution Act (OPA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

- CSM 537- Developing the Leader Within

This course takes an in-depth look at leadership theories, principles, qualities, styles, and models with a focus on developing leadership skills and potential within the individual students. Designed to assist students in identifying leadership styles, traits, strengths, and opportunities for improvement, this course will use self-assessment exercises, journaling, individual case studies, group case studies, active and collaborative learning exercises, and a field experience to explore the topic of leadership in depth. Each student will create a personal and individually-tailored plan for development of leadership skills in a field experience that will be helpful in preparing for future endeavors.

- CSM 525- Consumer Conflict Resolution

CSM 425/525 is an exploration of practical conflict mediation, negotiation, and management and a survey of theory and practice of formal and informal mediation.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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Safety and risk management education benefits managers and leaders across any organisation. This course is designed for managers, professionals and senior leaders who are required to understand and apply safety and risk management principles. Read more

Why this course?

Safety and risk management education benefits managers and leaders across any organisation.

This course is designed for managers, professionals and senior leaders who are required to understand and apply safety and risk management principles. This might be in daily decisions, as part of a strategic overview or as a requirement of continuing professional development (CPD).

The course is a flexible, tailored programme. It can be customised to individuals and their organisations, all with the support of a personal tutor providing the appropriate level of guidance and feedback.

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.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/safetyriskmanagementleadership/

Key benefits of the course

- You'll gain a solid understanding of leading, managing and ensuring effective implementation of safety and risk management systems in industry.
- The course gives managers, professionals and leaders a flexible learning pathway. Modules are designed to deliver current, relevant and applied safety and risk management training and education. These meet the needs of CPD criteria.
- We can tailor the programme to satisfy your individual, organisational and continuing professional development needs.

You’ll study

The Safety & Risk Management Leadership programme offers two study options.

- Postgraduate Certificate
This course runs over one full academic session. You're required to successfully complete 12 modules.

- Non-graduating course
This allows you to complete individual modules for University credit which may be useful for those looking for career development or building a CPD portfolio. You can undertake one or more modules over the course of the academic session and pay your fees per module.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for people who already have a suitable combination of academic ability and work experience.

Admission to the programme is determined by both academic and work experience criteria.

Applicants holding a recognised University degree or equivalent qualification will be eligible to join the Safety and Risk Management Leadership Programme at Postgraduate Certificate level. Applicants who don't have the relevant qualifications will be assessed for admission on the basis of their portfolio of courses undertaken, accreditation of prior learning and relevant work experience.

Further information is available on request.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Safety and Risk Management Leadership may then consider entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Management followed by the MSc.

Learning & teaching

This course is by distance learning only, delivered online via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace. Each student will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide you with an appropriate level of guidance, assessment and feedback.

Assessment

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

Careers

Job titles of students who completed the course include:
- Head of Planning & Performance Management
- Vice President Safety & Operational Risk
- Business Manager Risk
- Crisis & Continuity Manager
- Head of Communications Development
- Operational Risk Analyst
- Cargo Assurance Specialist
- Lead Project Engineer

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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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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Risk has become a key concept in modern society. Read more

Programme Background

Risk has become a key concept in modern society. Growing concern about the environment and a number of disasters have served to focus attention on the hazards and risks involved in a wide range of activities from offshore oil production to rail and air transport; from the design of football stadia to the operation of chemical plants and environmental protection. Today there is a wide range of techniques available to assess risk and reliability, both in relation to safety and in the wider sense. These techniques now underpin new legislation on safety and have relevance over a broad spectrum of activities, including environmental and other systems, where risk and reliability are key concerns.

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering is designed to give a thorough understanding of these techniques and experience of their application to a variety of real-world problems. It aims to provide students with an understanding of safety, risk and reliability engineering in both a qualitative and quantitative manner, and to develop the skills to apply this understanding. The programme will also introduce students to recent developments in analytical techniques, e.g. computer modelling of risk, reliability and safety problems.

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 Reliability Engineering 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). This programme has a stronger engineering bias and you should only attempt this if you have done some University level mathematics or equivalent. Otherwise the Safety and Risk Management course might be more appropriate.

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 course 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.

• Systems Reliability
Gives an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative techniques that are used in the reliability, availability and maintainability analysis of all types of engineering systems.

• Learning from Disasters
Provides students with 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.

• Safety, Risk and Reliability
Leads to an understanding of the principles of structural reliability theory and its application to risk and reliability engineering.

• 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.

• Data Analysis and Simulation
Develops knowledge of statistical data analysis and its application in engineering and science and introduces the concepts of using simulation techniques for analysis of complex systems. It also teaches linear optimisation techniques and the ability to apply them to solve simple problems.

• 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.

•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.

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The MSc programme Food Safety focuses on the technical aspects, as well as on the legal aspects of food safety and integrates these in Food Safety Management. Read more

MSc Food Safety

The MSc programme Food Safety focuses on the technical aspects, as well as on the legal aspects of food safety and integrates these in Food Safety Management. The Food Safety programme of Wageningen University was the first MSc in Food Safety worldwide. The programme is unique, with a highly integrated approach to the field of food safety.

Programme summary

Wageningen University is one of the few universities in Europe able to offer education and research in all fields of food safety. This does not only include technical disciplines such as microbiology and toxicology, but also the legal, economic and communication aspects. The Food Safety programme at Wageningen University is one of the most modern and innovative in the world. Started in 2000 as the first of its kind, it is still the only two-year, full-time Master Food Safety programme offered in Europe and the only programme offering Food Safety Law. The programme prepares graduates for careers in the food industry, government or consumer organisations; the three key players in international food safety management.

The food industry is increasingly confronted with farm-to-table food safety measures, regulations, legislation and guidelines aimed at controlling food hazards. As a result, there is an increasing demand for managers with expertise in food safety evaluation who are able to survey and monitor the chemical, microbiological and physical parameters of product composition and product safety. Food safety experts are able to understand and analyse the variation in quality and safety of products. They are also able to assess the potential risks involved in the adoption of new production methods and processing techniques. Food safety evaluation concerns food constituents, agro-chemicals, environmental contaminants and natural toxins.

Food regulations are getting more and more complex, creating the need for regulatory affairs specialists in industry or in lobbying organisations. The programme is the only programme offering Food Safety Law for students with either a technical or a legal degree, thereby, fulfilling the need in society for such positions.

Specialisations

The programme offers three specialisations. All three specialisations have the courses on Food Safety Management and Food Law in common.

Applied Food Safety
This specialisation deals with the more technical (microbiology, toxicology, risk assessment) part of food safety. Food Safety Economics is also part of the programme. Thesis topics are also in these fields and graduates generally work in industry, universities and research institutes.

Food Safety Law
This specialisation is open for students with a technical or legal background. Courses focus on (international) food law, intellectual property rights and management. Theses are on food law. Graduates generally work as regulatory affairs specialists in industry.

Supply Chain Safety
This specialisation deals with safe food and ingredient supply. Globalisation leads to serious risks of contamination. In tropical countries, companies also face wars and political problems. Courses thus focus on Food Security, Risk Management in Food Chains and logistics, in addition to Microbiology and Food Law.

Your future career

The employment market is promising and all recent graduates found jobs with relative ease. The demand for university-trained professionals in this field is currently higher than the number of graduates available. Most recent graduates found jobs in the private sector, at universities or at food safety research institutes. Many graduates enter careers in government and go on to managerial positions. Due to the increased efforts of the EU in the development of national food safety organisations, there will be many more job opportunities in various European countries, both for technical as well as regulatory specialists.

Student Moath Almayman.
"The courses of the Master Food Safety consist of technical, managerial and legal aspects of food safety and are directly linked to real life situations. This in combination with the ability to perform extensive research and an internship at an international company to enhance my working experience, were reasons for me to choose this master. Even with a small population, Wageningen is a great cosmopolitan town. So many students from different backgrounds make it a very interesting place."

Related programmes:
MSc Food Quality Management
MSc Food Technology
MSc Nutrition and Health

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