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MSc / PG Dip Occupational Safety, Health & Wellbeing

Course Description

This internationally recognised course has been designed to meet the educational needs created by the ever-increasing challenges facing occupational health and safety practitioners.

The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and 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.

Key benefits:

• Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
• Improve your career prospects in health, safety and well-being
• Lectures from specialist speakers employed in the sector.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/occupational-safety,-health-and-wellbeing

Suitable for

This course is suitable for occupational health and safety practitioners or managers, enforcement officers and consultants who want to deepen their subject knowledge and enhance their career prospects, as well as those looking to develop a career in occupational safety, health and well-being.

Programme 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.

The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century.

Modules address the 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 contextualising study.

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

Part-time and full-time

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.

For the full-time study option:

Semester 1 - September to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September


This course involves lectures, case studies, assignments and seminars. There is a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers.

Module titles

• Research and Professional Practice
• Risk: Perception and Management
• Organisational Well Being
• Management of Occupational Health and Safety
• Dissertation


• Project & Learning portfolio
• Literature review
• Case study
• Portfolio
• Critical evaluation
• Examination
• Dissertation

Career potential

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 consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

The course is recognised by ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership.

The 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.

The course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry. Graduates of the course have found positions as occupational safety and health managers in business, as health and safety regulators and as consultants working in fields as diverse as food manufacturing, construction, education and the oil and gas industry.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip Occupational Safety, Health & Wellbeing page on the University of Salford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Devnath Roopnarine

579.jpg I chose Salford because the course is recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health. Further. I am a supporter of Manchester United and the West Indies was due to play a test match at Old Trafford during my study year!
The course gave me a greater overview of Occupational safety & Health and also prepared me for the managerial position I now hold. It also provided me with the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world which would not have been possible if I studied at home.

I was so pleased with the course that based on my recommendation two of my colleagues later undertook their postgraduate studies there.

On my return home to Trinidad & Tobago, I assisted in getting the state to proclaim the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2004 (as amended). I was later appointed the Head of the Occupational Safety and Health Unit of the Ministry of Labour which is the precursor body to form the OS&H Agency under the new legislation. I am currently involved in directing, controlling and training 32 enforcement inspectors.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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