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Course content

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 is based on continuous assessment of written assignment - there are no examinations.


- 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
- 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

Visit the Safety & Risk Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!





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