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Safety, Health and Environmental Management with Advanced Practice - MSc

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Are you interested in managing the vital issues of safety, health and environmental sustainability? There’s an increasing need for professionals who can help organisations comply with regulations, undertake environmental impact assessments, identify risks and demonstrate due diligence.

Throughout this master’s course you’ll study key concepts such as risk and sustainability. You’ll also gain the knowledge and skills to be able to make independent professional judgements and contribute effectively to organisational strategies.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.


This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time in one of the many companies/industries with which we have close links. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to find and secure a suitable position but ultimately we are in the hands of the employers who are free to decide who they take into their organisation.


If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Geography and Environmental Studies Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

People join from this master’s course from many different backgrounds. You might, for example, have been an undergraduate student in geography, science, engineering, business, law or environmental health.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the various aspects of safety, health and environmental management. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in geography that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. Our industrial links help inform our curriculums and ensure a variety of site visits and input from practitioners via guest lectures.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, laboratory-based activities, workshops, case studies and field visits. As this is a master’s course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include management plans, presentations, risk assessments, reports, practicals and case studies.

Module Overview
Year One
KE7009 - Environmental Protection and Health (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7011 - Managing for Health and Safety (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7019 - Risk Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7020 - Law and Compliance (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7021 - Environmental Management in Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7022 - Postgraduate Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

Year Two
KE7015 - Research or Work Related Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)
KF7005 - Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities including laboratory resources and a variety of field equipment. We have an environmental laboratory for measurement and analysis, as well as specialist ecological statistical packages. All our equipment is supported by highly skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of it.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

To facilitate group projects there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the dissertation that you’ll undertake, which will require independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research. Our specialist interests encompass environmental health and management, health & safety, and disaster management.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need for employment and promotions in safety, health and environmental management. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The Managing for Health and Safety module has been specifically designed to satisfy the health and safety requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health curriculum.

Your dissertation can either have a traditional research focus or it can be related to work-based practice. If you choose the latter you’ll be able to link your study to an area that is important for your current or desired employment.

Our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you plan your career path. You will be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Your Future

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to start or continue a career in safety, health and environmental management. Roles could include ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, minimising risks of injuries and ill health in the workplace, and developing, implementing and monitoring environmental strategies that promote sustainable development.

You could also undertake a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

Visit the Safety, Health and Environmental Management with Advanced Practice - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!




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