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The aim of the MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing Masters is to enable practitioners to develop holistic approaches to enhancing organisational safety and health through improved worker engagement and wellbeing.

The masters degree is designed to enhance the students current understanding and application of occupational health and safety management by enabling students to develop a more holistic approach to influencing worker and organisational performance through the contemporary concepts of worker engagement and wellbeing.

​Course Content​​

  • Assessing the Impact of Work on Health (10 Credits): The aim of the module is to evaluate the positive and negative influences the workplace has on the safety and health of workers and evaluate the impact of emerging wellbeing issues.
  • Approaches to Improving Worker Safety, Health and Wellbeing (10 Credits): The aim of this module is to critically assess the scope of workplace safety, health and wellbeing programmes and evaluate the evidence for creating an all-inclusive approach to improving safety, health and wellbeing at work.
  • Health Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): The aim of the module is to enable students to critically appraise the impact of psychological and psychosocial factors upon the perception and communication of and response to, a range of risks and threats to health and wellbeing.
  • Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): The aim of this module is to enable the student to examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and to evaluate their impact on the improving safety, health and wellbeing performance in the workplace.
  • Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice.
  • Influencing Individual and Organisational Behaviour (10 Credits): The aim of the module is to enable students to compare and contrast approaches to influencing worker behaviour and evaluate their effectiveness in improving health, safety and wellbeing performance in the workplace.
  • Evaluating Safety, Health and Wellbeing Performance (10 Credits): The aim of the module is to enable the student to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of health, safety and wellbeing programmes through the appraisal of individual and organisational performance outcomes.  
  • Developing Safety, Health and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): The aim of this module is to enable students to construct a strategic response and multidisciplinary approach to improving safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace.
  • Worker Engagement and Wellbeing (20 Credits): The aim of this module is to enable students to develop strategies for improving worker engagement and wellbeing and to critically evaluate their influence on organisational outcomes.

Supervised research module

Research Project (60 credits): The aim of the research project is to enable students to demonstrate the ability to design, plan, and undertake research in a relevant study area, and present the findings.  

Awards and exit routes

Postgraduate Certificate - ANY 60 credits of taught modules 

Postgraduate Diploma - ALL 120 credits of taught modules

Masters - ALL 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit research project.

Individual credit and non-credit bearing CPD 

Continuous Professional Development

If you are interested in developing your professional skills all modules can be taken as individual CPD modules. Modules can be studied as both credit bearing modules which require submission of assignments and none credit bearing which do not require assignments to be completed. A certificate of attendance only will be issued for modules taken as none credit bearing. 

An understanding of health and safety terminology is beneficial when undertaking modules as CPD. 

Assessment

This MSc is assessed by coursework. Examples of assessment tasks include reports, essays, case studies, oral presentations and an academic poster. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Employability & Careers​

Graduate Membership of IOSH

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

Improved career and /or academic progression

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

Internationally recognised and highly regarded qualification

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


Visit the Occupational Safety, Health & Wellbeing - MSc/PgD page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

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