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Course content

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

Course overview

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

Teaching and assessment

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

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

Facilities & location

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

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

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

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

Employment & careers

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

Visit the Environment, Health & Safety - MSc page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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