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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Distance Learning: up to 3 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

    Distance learning part-time (over 3 years):
    £3,520 Stage 1
    £3,520 Stage 2
    £2,350 MSc dissertation stage

    Distance learning part-time (over 2 years):
    Year 1 - £4,695
    Year 2 - £4,695

    Distance learning full-time:

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

Accredited by IOSH, this online course enables you to learn at your choice of pace and without taking a career break. The course will provide you with a complete understanding of health, safety and risk management and the appropriate managerial knowledge and skills.

This course has been designed in collaboration with practitioners to study the management, rather than the technical applications, of this rapidly expanding area of expertise.

Health and safety professionals; those who wish to pursue a career in this area; and to managers who have day to day responsibility for the health and safety of the workforce may wish to study this course.

What You Will Study

Stage 1

You will develop personal and research skills for study and career development in the key areas of Health, Safety and Risk Management including health and safety legislation and hazard identification and analysis. Quality management and models for ensuring health and safety in organisations are also covered.

Stage 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of the specialism including management, human and psychological factors essential to the successful implementation of Health, Safety and Risk strategy. Decision-making and performance planning skills are another key aspect of study.

Stage 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, professional dissertation or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Teaching & Assessment

MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study.

CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. 

The interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material 

Activity Summary

The below represents full-time distance learning delivery, part-time distance learning may differ.

  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester

Independent Study

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 8 hours per module per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.


Please note the below represent full-time distance learning delivery, part-time distance learning delivery will differ. 

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 2 presentations

Staff Delivering on this Course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’, have links with IOSH, and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant. Many of our staff have appropriate professional body membership, for example a number are Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Placements & Jobs

Job Prospects

Recent trends across a number of industry sectors have witnessed a growing emphasis in the level of attention and importance given to Health, Safety and Risk Management in the workplace.

On graduation, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the development of practice in this area and to organisational success and stability.

If you are already working in this area, you will be able to demonstrate competency in the strategic management of Health, Safety and Risk and develop your career towards senior management roles. If you are wishing to move into this field, you will be able to improve your employment opportunities by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of health, safety and risk management and related issues. 


How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Health, Safety and Risk Management (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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