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IN BRIEF:

  • Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
  • The course is vocationally orientated and course content has significant input from professional practitioners, ensuring that you are prepared for professional practice
  • Opportunities for project work with private, public and third sector organisations
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, as well as to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in industry, this course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health, enabling students to develop the knowledge and skills relevant in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.

Influenced by industry requirements, course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions. Successful completion of this course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course will also develop your critical and analytical ability in relation to SHE and ensure that you are prepared for contemporary professional practice.

COURSE 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 environmental regulation and occupational health.

Modules have been designed to enable the development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health, safety and environment professionals in the 21st Century. Addressing existing and emerging challenges and reviewing contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk, module content covers a broad curriculum providing you with in depth knowledge of the concepts presented.

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that you will learn from experience while being supported in reviewing the progress of your own learning.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one and three years respectively.  

Within the full-time course three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options. During semester 3 you will complete a dissertation.

For part-time students the taught components spans two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module. During your final year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

TEACHING

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials and case studies, and simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers. You will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project, thereby encouraging networking with external clients as well as real-world interaction.

ASSESSMENT

Research & Professional Practice (30 credits) 

Project & Learning portfolio (100%)  

Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits) 

Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)  

Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits) 

Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)          

Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (optional) (30 credits) 

Production of health education material (50%); Briefing report (50%)          

Management of Occupational Health and Safety (optional) (30 credits

Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)  

Dissertation (60 credits) 

Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within the industry.

Graduates of this course have found positions as safety, health and environmental managers in business, as environmental regulators, SHE managers, in safety consultancy and training, working in fields as diverse as facilities management, construction and demolition, utilities, the civil service and engineering.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities. Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for the dissertation component.

A feature of the course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry. External expert sessions will enrich your learning experience, adding much value to this vocationally oriented course. Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.

In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through Safety Groups UK which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background.

FURTHER STUDY

After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).


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

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