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Masters Degrees in Health & Safety Issues

We have 99 Masters Degrees in Health & Safety Issues

Masters degrees in Health and Safety Issues equip postgraduates with the necessary skills to manage risk, health and safety in a workplace environment.

Courses are typically taught MSc degrees, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Business Studies.

Why study a Masters in Health & Safety Issues?

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Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. Read more
Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. More recently there has been the recognition of the need to go beyond simply avoiding unwanted outcomes and developing a wider dimension of organisational resilience.

The systematic assessment and management of workplace hazards demand the development of existing knowledge and skills. Good employers now recognise that managing health and safety has not only legal and moral imperatives, but also makes good business sense.

Loughborough University has been providing training in occupational health and safety management for more than 35 years. On successful completion, participants will be able to make better informed decisions concerning the management of occupational health and safety.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/ohsm/

About the Programme

The programme is aimed at professional health and safety advisors and managerial, engineering and scientific staff with responsibilities for occupational health and safety. It gives them the academic knowledge and skills to evaluate operational requirements against health and safety policies which have to respond to a changing regulatory, social and economic climate.

The courses are designed and delivered for participants working within the discipline who can attend the University for a series of short courses ranging from one to four days. Such attendance promotes a much more fulfilling learning experience through direct interaction with acknowledged experts and other students and avoids the isolation of courses delivered entirely by distance learning.

The objectives of the programme are to provide:
- A comprehensive understanding of current occupational health and safety management issues;
- The academic basis for Chartered Status of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (for holders of the Diploma/MSc); and
- Flexible training for working professionals who do not have the opportunity for full-time study.

Professional Development

‌Holders of the Diploma (and MSc) satisfy the requirements for graduate membership of IOSH and membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), providing professional recognition for your studies.

Adding value to your employer

The course is designed to be challenging, career enhancing and geared towards real life management, developing skills you can apply to the benefit of your organisation, and assessing these through work-based assignments which provide a direct return on investment. You will also benefit from excellent opportunities to network with professionals from a range of sectors, with the following organisations represented on the programme in recent years:
- Aluminium Bahrain
- Arriva Plc
- Balfour Beatty
- Birmingham City Council
- BP
- Estee Lauder Companies
- Exxon Mobil
- Heart of England NHS Foundation
- Trust
- INEOS
- Mars Petcare UK
- National Grid
- Network Rail
- Novartis
- Pfizer Ltd
- Qatar Petroleum
- Rolls-Royce
- ROSPA
- Royal Mail
- Severn Trent
- Shell
- Siemens
- TATA Steel
- TOTAL
- Travis Perkins
- UK Coal
- Virgin Atlantic

Structure and Delivery

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes are part-time and modular in structure, and involve a combination of taught modules (in four day blocks), distance learning modules and self-study.

The programme is assessed by assignments and projects. There are no written examinations.

The Postgraduate Certificate will normally be completed within seven months of part-time study and the Postgraduate Diploma within 14 months.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management involves, in addition, a part-time research project conducted over 12 months and is available to those who have achieved the Diploma requirements. Candidates for the MSc must attend two short courses (totalling four days) in research methods.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management is also available to those who have a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from other higher education institutions recognised by IOSH, those with a NEBOSH National or International Diploma (Level 6) and those with a British Safety Council Diploma (Level 6). This qualification usually takes 18 months to complete.

Content

- Module 1: Occupational Health and Safety and the Law (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 2: Risk Management (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 3: Management of Physical Hazards (distance learning)
- Module 4: Occupational Health Management (distance learning)
- Module 5: Safety and the Management of People (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 6: Evidence Based Practical Project (distance learning)
- Module 7: Masters Research Project (4 days at Loughborough + distance learning)

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1, 2 and any two chosen from modules 3, 4 and 5.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-6.

For the MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-7.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/apply/

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On this course, you will explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as environmental and social factors. Read more
On this course, you will explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as environmental and social factors.

Course overview

Evidence shows that work performance is improved if employees have a positive physical and mental wellbeing. Many organisations have therefore realised that they should take a proactive approach to wellness, rather than focusing on illness and absence management. This has created a need for highly skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers.

A key component of this course is a major piece of independent work, where you will focus on a specific area of interest and develop an in-depth project.

You will study health and safety regulation and legislation, communication, management tools, risk assessment, control and mitigation for a range of workplace hazards typical in most industries and organisations. You will also examine related issues such as the impact of societal factors on health in the workplace, and the wider public health agenda.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing MSc is a new course at the University of Sunderland, and is accredited with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As a student on this course, you will be able to join IOSH as a student member and attend IOSH seminars offered by the North East regional group.

We strongly encourage you to take a placement as part of your degree, so that you can apply and develop your learning in a real work context. A placement enables you to augment your experience of work, and also build up a professional network. When you graduate you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on roles in health, safety and wellbeing in a wide range of public, private and regulatory organisations.

Course content

The content of this course has been developed with input from the NHS in the North East. Modules on this course include:

Stage 1
-Health, Safety and Wellbeing 1 (30 Credits)
-Applied Epidemiology (30 Credits)

Stage 2
-Health, Safety and Wellbeing 2 (30 Credits)
-Public Health (20 Credits)

Masters Stage
-Placement or Dissertation (10 Credits each)
-Research Methods and Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will involve lectures, seminars, groupwork and one-to-one sessions with your personal tutor.

Staff teaching on this course are research active in the fields of: the application of occupational psychology principles to workplace health and safety, how human factors impact upon human behaviour; public health focussing on healthy agi­­­­­­­ng and behavioural change themes and epidemiology investigating the impacts of photochemical smog on respiratory health.

The teaching team also have many links with local industry and regulatory bodies. Elements of the course will be delivered by guest speakers and tutors who have a wide range of experience in the sector.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Sciences Complex
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities. The technical equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities, with hundreds of workstations available for students to use. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services
The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment
Overall Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant health care and industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

Graduates of this course will gain the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in this increasingly topical area.

Those with experience in health and safety will gain the knowledge needed to enable them to move into the area of wellbeing. Those with a general business background will develop the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of health and safety.

All employers have a duty to address the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. This has created a need for skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers. This course has been developed to fill this skills gap. There are also employment opportunities working for consultants or health and safety regulatory bodies.

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Effective health and safety practices are integral to the success of any organisation. Whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved in establishing and maintaining a safe working environment. Read more

Effective health and safety practices are integral to the success of any organisation. Whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved in establishing and maintaining a safe working environment. We will develop your knowledge of how different organisations use varying levels of safety procedures and you will assess their impact on the company as a whole.

By investigating an organisation in its entirety, you will gain a broad knowledge of other departments such as marketing, sales and human resources and how they are affected by the procedures and processes you implement. You will also enhance your understanding of the technical and human aspects of health and safety, learning to identify whether problems were caused by machine malfunctions or misjudgement by humans.

You can study either our MSc or PG Dip to achieve an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accredited award. If you have already successfully completed an IOSH-accredited postgraduate diploma, this course offers you the chance to convert your qualification into an MSc by studying two additional research modules.

NB: You can study either our MSc or PG Dip to achieve an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health accredited award. If you have already completed an IOSH-accredited PG Dip, this course offers you the chance to convert your qualification into an MSc by studying two additional research modules (see below). The duration for the course in this instance will be 1 year part-time, with fees charged pro-rata. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

Accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) - the world's leading Professional Body for Health and Safety Practitioners - our course provides the opportunity to learn directly from prominent health and safety experts, to keep you up to date with the latest health and safety issues, risks and practices.

Core modules

  • Ergonomics
  • Health & Safety Practice
  • Sensible Risk Management
  • Occupational Health & Wellbeing
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing
  • Research & Practice Development
  • Professional Practice & Development

Job prospects

Following completion of this course, you will be eligible for graduate membership of IOSH. You can then begin working on your portfolio and professional development plan in order to achieve chartered safety and health practitioner status. This could help you to forge a new career in health and safety or it could enhance your current promotion prospects in the sector. You will be able to create health and safety training programmes and put safety measures in place for a host of companies and industries at home and abroad.

  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Risk Manager


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Health and safety is an integral and important part of any organisation - whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved with ensuring a safe working environment for everyone. Read more

Health and safety is an integral and important part of any organisation - whether you work as an operations manager, office manager, engineer or technician, you will be involved with ensuring a safe working environment for everyone. We will develop your knowledge of how different organisations use varying levels of safety procedures and you will assess their impact on the whole company.

By investigating an organisation as a whole, you'll gain a broad knowledge of other departments such as marketing, sales and human resources, and how they are affected by the procedures and processes you implement. You'll also enhance your understanding of the technical and human aspects of health and safety, such as identifying whether issues were caused by machine malfunctions or misjudgement by humans.

It also offers you the chance to look at past and present case studies to understand any errors made, what caused the mistakes and the preventative measures that should be put in place. These could range from dealing with harmful substances within a chemical facility, exposed wires and trip hazards in a busy office, to safety measures for maintenance work on rail tracks.

You may choose to continue your studies and gain an MSc by completing an additional two research modules (*asterisked below), which you can study across 1 year part-time, with fees charged pro-rata. Please see our MSc Health and Safety course for further details. Note that as this option is only offered in part-time mode, it is not typically available to International Students due to Visa restrictions. If you wish to obtain an MSc, you will need to consider enrolling on the full-time MSc course in the first instance. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

Accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) - the world's leading Professional Body for Health and Safety Practitioners - our course provides the opportunity to learn directly from prominent health and safety experts, to keep you up to date with the latest health and safety issues, risks and practices.

Modules

  • Ergonomics
  • Health and Safety Practice
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Research & Practice Development**
  • Sensible Risk Management
  • Occupational Health and Wellbeing
  • Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing**
  • Professional Practice and Development

Job prospects

You will have the extensive health and safety grounding required for industries such as the public sector, healthcare, transport and logistics. You will also enhance your knowledge of the latest health and safety practices in your current job, be able to identify the risks that come with particular job roles, create health and safety training programmes and put safety measures in place for a host of companies and industries at home and abroad.

  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Risk Manager


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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?. Read more

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to progress your career as an Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Practitioner or specialise in managing HSE in fields such as construction, nuclear or oil and gas undertaking the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised accredited postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The University of Portsmouth has been offering courses in Health, Safety and Environmental Management to serve industrial and professional needs in the UK and abroad since 1976.

Due to the flexible distance learning style of this course, we have students on oil rigs, on ships and submarines, in isolated locations in the UK and worldwide who study where they want, when they want, at a time and place to suit them.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time.

It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects. Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As the chartered body for health and safety professionals, IOSH is the largest professional health and safety organisation in the world. Once you have successfully completed this course, you can make an application to IOSH for Graduate membership. Students also have the opportunity to work towards their Chartered status with IOSH through our unique professional development process.

Students are also eligible to apply for Graduate membership of the IEMA.

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

There is a great deal of flexibility in the time it takes you to complete your studies which will be dependent on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic required for their award through a combination of core taught units and work-based learning projects which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

Your learning can be made up from:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. You may already have a PgC/PgD and wish to top it up to an MSc. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Taught Units: You will study three core units which cover the essential learning required by today’s health, safety and environmental professionals: Management Essentials for Health and Safety: This unit aims to provide you with an appreciation of health and safety management and its integration into organisational management systems. You will develop knowledge and interpretation of the requirements and responsibilities imposed by laws in respect of occupational health and safety. You will also advance your understanding of risk management and reflect upon the relationship between human behaviour, culture and risk. Risk Management in Practice: This unit concerns the operational practice of health and safety by considering the potential risks, from both a health and safety perspective, and their subsequent assessment and control. The aim of the unit is to explore the potential hazards in a variety of industries both UK based and international, and to develop strategies for the assessment and control of hazards associated with the workplace and working practices.
  • Environmental Management: This unit considers the global, national and local environmental issues prominent in our society. It aims to provide the student with an appreciation of pollution, its sources and control and considers the management of environmental factors within organisations. Other optional taught units include Construction Safety, Ergonomics and Professional Development.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have included Process Safety Management in Oil and Gas, the Design of an LEV System, Managing Construction Waste, Control of Asbestos at Work.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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What is the Master of Safety Engineering about? .  The Master of Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. Read more

What is the Master of Safety Engineering about? 

 The Master of Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. You’ll obtain detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant, and risk evaluations based on qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Structure

The Master of Safety Engineering comprises a total of 60 credits. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (23 credits) that are taken up by every student. This party contains courses with themes that are of interest to every safety professional, irrespective of the specialisation option. All courses in this part are taught in English. This relatively large core part ensures that every student is given the same broad basic education about the specialised field of safety.

After a general introduction to safety engineering, prevention policy and safety management systems are treated. Safety of products, processes and installations are discussed next and qualitative risk analysis techniques, fire and explosion safety complete this section.

Furthermore, students choose between one of two available options (22 credits each): Option Process Safety or Option Prevention. In turn, each option contains a number of compulsory courses (16 credits) and elective courses (6 credits). 

The Option Prevention focuses on occupational safety and health-related issues. The compulsory courses in this option also discuss non-technical aspects concerning safety. This option is mainly of interest to candidates who want to obtain the Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1.

The Option Process Safety provides students with a detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant from concept to design, construction and operation to decommissioning. Safety concepts of representative operational units are presented in a series of case studies. Examples of required safety oriented competences in industrial operations are also discussed. It is shown how risk evaluations and estimates based on qualitative and quantitative methods are performed.

Each student also needs to choose elective courses either from a short indicative list, or from any Master’s programme within the Group of Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Finally, students have to complete a Master’s thesis of 15 credits, which represents an effort that is consistent with a programme of 60 credits in total.

The programme can be completed normally in one-year on a full-time basis. However, to facilitate the participation of working professionals, it can also be followed on a two year part-time basis.

Objectives

After finishing this advanced Master's programme, the student should:

  • have a broadly based knowledge of the different scientific disciplines that are needed to study and analyse the diverse technical and non-technical issues related to safety technology, risk management and loss prevention.
  • have acquired the capabilities and competences to perform or co-ordinate a scientifically sound analysis of safety related problems and their solutions within the governing boundary conditions (legal, organisational, technical, environmental, etc.).

To carry out the programme's objectives, teaching activities consist of a combination of classroom lectures, practically oriented seminars and site visits. The instructors themselves come from the academic world both inside and outside K.U.Leuven, or have been recruited from reputable industrial companies because of their long-standing expertise and willingness to contribute to teaching and training.

Career perspectives

In many countries, there is a permanent and growing need for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at the academic level in the field of safety engineering and safety management. This is due to the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the growing number of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme find employment in small national and large multinational industrial companies at home and abroad or are employed in private and/or governmental organisations. Such organisations need experts with the ability to conduct research, carry out analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of safety.

Moreover, in some countries (including Belgium), companies beyond a certain size dealing with specific risks are required by law to hire or even employ a certified prevention advisor. This certification can be acquired through the Prevention option of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering (Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1).

It is also possible for graduates to begin a career as an independent consultant with expertise in safety and environmental areas.



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Accredited by IOSH, this online degree with multiple study options enables you to undertake the course at your choice of pace and without taking a career break. Read more

Accredited by IOSH, this online degree with multiple study options enables you to undertake the course at your choice of pace and without taking a career break. The course will provide you with a complete understanding of health, safety and risk management and the appropriate managerial knowledge and skills.

This course has been designed in collaboration with practitioners to study the management, rather than the technical applications, of this rapidly expanding area of expertise.

The course will appeal to practicing health and safety professionals; to those who wish to pursue a career in this area; and to managers who have day to day responsibility for the health and safety of the workforce.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will develop personal and research skills for study and career development in the key areas of Health, Safety and Risk Management including health and safety legislation and hazard identification and analysis. Quality management and models for ensuring health and safety in organisations are also covered.

STAGE 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of the specialism including management, human and psychological factors essential to the successful implementation of Health, Safety and Risk strategy. Decision-making and performance planning skills are another key aspect of study.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, professional dissertation or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Teaching and assessment

MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study.

CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. 

The interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chats
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material 

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

The below represents full-time distance learning delivery, part-time distance learning may differ.

  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 8 hours per module per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’, have links with IOSH, and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant. Many of our staff have appropriate professional body membership, for example a number are Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

ASSESSMENT

Please note the below represent full-time distance learning delivery, part-time distance learning delivery will differ. 

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 2 presentations

Job prospects 

Recent trends across a number of industry sectors have witnessed a growing emphasis in the level of attention and importance given to Health, Safety and Risk Management in the workplace.

On graduation, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the development of practice in this area and to organisational success and stability.

If you are already working in this area, you will be able to demonstrate competency in the strategic management of Health, Safety and Risk and develop your career towards senior management roles. If you are wishing to move into this field, you will be able to improve your employment opportunities by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of health, safety and risk management and related issues. 

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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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. Read more
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.

The course culminates in either a master’s dissertation or, if you prefer, a work-based project where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real employer. Throughout the course there’s a focus on self-development and employability.

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.

It’s possible to add an Advanced Practice element to this course, making it a two-year master’s qualification.

To find out more about the part time option for this course, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/safety-health-and-environmental-management-msc-pt-dtpshe6/

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
KE7009 - Environmental Protection and Health (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7011 - Managing for Health and Safety (Core, 20 Credits)
KE7015 - Research or Work Related Dissertation (Core, 60 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)

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, air quality, contaminated land, ecology and disaster management.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work 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 whole programme has been designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and we hope to have the accreditations in place with these two professional bodies before the course starts in September.

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 find roles matching your interests and skills. 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.

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 solve real world problems contributing to the success of organisations.

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Accredited by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), upon successful completion of your studies you are entitled to Graduate Member status of the Institution. Read more

Accredited by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), upon successful completion of your studies you are entitled to Graduate Member status of the Institution. This is the leading global professional body in occupational safety and health.

Workplace safety and worker health is increasingly significant in tackling wider societal issues around morbidity, early mortality and the influences of lifestyle on individuals and communities.

This programme is a comprehensive study into the current and emerging legal and compliance issues, and the scientific, health and psychosocial factors influencing 21st century Health and Safety. It introduces the student to the multitude of factors that are influential in workplace safety and health.

The course has extensive practical emphasis, with regular site visits to a variety of industrial and commercial settings. The knowledge acquired is applied to risk assessment, management and compliance requirements, to maintaining workplace safety, and to building infrastructure and compliance systems.

Demand for qualified individuals who can make a significant impact in the workplace environment on the health and safety of employees is high, with excellent starting salaries and progression.

Features and benefits of the course

-Registration and Graduate membership of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

-Improved opportunities for promotion/employability due to Continuing Professional Development requirements and changes in the service provision nationally

-Strengthened enterprise/research skills

-Greater depth of knowledge/degree of critical and analytical thinking

-Improved transferable skills

-Improved postgraduate employability across a range of sectors

About the Course

This course has been designed to benefit those who currently work in, or aspire to work in, a variety of industries which are subject to increasing legislation around the areas of health, safety and the environment. Industries include environmental management, occupational safety and hygiene, food safety, regulatory enforcement and compliance, litigation and independent consultancy services.

Assessment details

Assignments include critical reviews of practice and regulation, presentations, practical experiments and data analysis reports, case studies and an independent dissertation.



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These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. Read more

These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. They are the only courses of their kind created with and endorsed by NEBOSH at Masters-level, and offer those already working in industry and holding a NEBOSH diploma or BSc the chance to enhance their skills and techniques. Studying these courses will help students identify and resolve real issues relating to them in their day-to-day roles - enhanced by the final dissertation, which is written on a research project from their own work.

The programmes are completely employer focused, using current employment to evidence achievement, and are studied part-time using e-learning modules to enable study anywhere in the UK - or overseas. There are three specific pathways that can be chosen; Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, or Environmental Management. Each pathway can be studied either as a taught-focused MSc or more research-focused MRes making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.

Study information

Both the MSc and MRes start with core modules relating to techniques for undertaking research:

  • Research Methods
  • Literature Reviews
  • Designing Research Projects

MSc students then study two core modules of their programme and one optional taught module.

  • Advanced Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Health, Safety and Environmental Management

The optional modules are themed around: Disaster and Emergency Management, REACH management, Safety Case Production and Assessment, and Mental Health at Work.

For MSc students the taught modules are taken in the first year and the first semester of the second year, using the University’s e-learning environment. You also supplement learning with your own background reading. Once these have been completed, the last six months of the course consist of the research dissertation.

For MRes students, after completing the modules covering research methodology, the programme is followed by a 12 month 120 credit research project on a workplace-based topic in health, safety and/or environmental management.

The online nature of the programme means access to a stable broadband internet connection is required for access to course materials, to communicate with University staff and undertake course assessments.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The programmes are completely employer-focused, using current employment as a research base in which to evidence the skills and experience obtained. Completing one of these courses will enable you to advise on and develop systems to improve health, safety and environmental performance of organisations at a strategic level.

Due to our consistent recognition for providing NEBOSH courses to a high standard, the University and our graduates have an excellent reputation with professionals in the Humber and Yorkshire area.



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With safety, health and environmental issues becoming increasingly important, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills. Read more
With safety, health and environmental issues becoming increasingly important, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills.

This Masters award produces such health and safety practitioners, who can identify, assess and solve health, safety and environmental problems by applying the principles of good management.

This course has been developed using the expertise of staff at the University, which has been recognised by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) as a Centre of Excellence for Quality in Education.

You will develop your knowledge of technical subject areas through an extension into managing health and safety, while giving due consideration to the sustainable economic development of business and the environment.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/282-msc-safety-health-and-environmental-management

What you will study

You will complete six modules and a dissertation:
- Business Law
- Research Methods and Professional Development
- Business and Risk Management
- Environmental Management
- Workplace Evaluation and Control
- Health and Safety Management

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered in three major blocks, which offers an intensive but flexible learning pattern with two start points each year – February and September. For each module, you will usually complete two assignments based on case studies or workplace scenarios, plus an examination. There will be group work, recommended reading and tutorials each week. Your final dissertation will be bespoke to you and
could be based in industry.

If you successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) element of the course, you can apply for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). You will then be required to undertake a period of Initial Professional Development (IPD) before becoming a Chartered Member of the Institution. This is an essential qualification for safety practitioners who need to manage safety and integrate the demands of corporate development and legislation

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Our strong industrial and commercial links help us tailor our courses to meet employer’s needs, and ensure you graduate with the right skills to develop an exciting, dynamic career in construction. This industry relationship has been formalised into the Built Environment Strategic Forum (BESF). The mutual benefits arising from this university/industry partnership are significant and guarantee enhanced employability potential to our students and graduates.

Career prospects are excellent, particularly as employers value the skills and experience you will gain through the MSc Safety, Health and Environmental Management degree. Opportunities exist in a variety of organisations, including environmental protection, and occupational safety and health in private and public sectors.

Assessment methods

Many modules are continually assessed while other modules are a mixture of continuous assessment and examination.

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Public awareness of hazards and risks has enhanced the importance of safety assessment and management in today’s increasingly litigious society. Read more

Programme Background

Public awareness of hazards and risks has enhanced the importance of safety assessment and management in today’s increasingly litigious society. Worldwide the burden of responsibility for health and safety is shifting towards those who own, manage and work in industrial and commercial organisations. Legal reform is tending to replace detailed industry specific legislation with a modern approach in which, where possible, goals and general principles are set and the onus is on organisations to show how they manage to achieve these goals.

The management of safety and risk needs to be integrated into the overall management of the organisation. It should be appropriate and cost-effective without dampening the innovative entrepreneurial spirit of employees with inflexible bureaucratic rules and procedures. An organisation’s exposure to potential hazards needs to be managed so as to reduce the chance of loss and mitigate any effects. Risk and safety issues need to be evaluated in a structured and calculated manner but in the light of an overall organisational strategy.

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Safety and Risk Management aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of risk assessment techniques, the public and individual perception of risk, and how decisions are made in competitive business markets. The focus is on practical applications of safety methodologies, ergonomics and human factors, and safety and risk management techniques.

All of these skills will be drawn together to undertake complex qualitative and quantitative risk assessments. The core of the programme is the management of safety, but it is set within a broader remit where safety issues are part of a general risk management system with a balance of financial, quality and environmental concerns. The overall aim of the programme is to develop students’ skills and personal qualities to be able to undertake safety studies and manage safety and risk to the best national and international standards.

Professional Recognition

This MSc degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.ukfor further information.

The MSc and PgDip degrees have also been accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Graduates are eligible to join IOSH as Graduate members and then undertake an initial professional development process that leads to Chartered membership. http://www.iosh.co.uk for further information.

Programme Content

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Safety, Risk and Management is only available by attendance-free distance learning. The programme comprises eight courses. All courses have written examinations and some have compulsory coursework elements. MSc students are also required to complete an individual project (dissertation).

For the project component of the programme distance learners are likely to develop something based in their country of residence with advice and supervision from staff in the School. This may well include work with a local company or may involve independent study. Individual arrangements will be set up with each student.

For more detailed information on this programme please contact the Programme Leader before applying (see above).

Courses

• Risk Assessment and Safety Management
This courses aims to give students an appreciation of risk from individual and societal perspectives as well as understanding the basic principles of risk assessment and modelling and how safety management works in practice.

• Human Factors Methods
This course will equip students from academic and/or industrial backgrounds with knowledge on, and the means to deploy, a wide range of specialist human factors techniques. The emphasis is on method selection, application, combination and integration within existing business practices. Students will develop a critical awareness of what methods exist, how to apply them in practice and their principle benefits and limitations.

• Human Factors in the Design and Evaluation of Control Rooms
The course will equip students from academic and/or industrial backgrounds with in-depth knowledge on, insights into, and the means to deploy a wide range of specialist techniques relevant to the ergonomic design and evaluation of control rooms. The emphasis is on key areas of control room operations and on actionable ways to deploy theory on human capabilities and limitations in order to improve performance, safety, efficiency and overall operator well being.

• Fire Safety, Explosions and Process Safety
Introduces students to the basic principles of fire safety science and engineering, and develops skills in associated modelling leading to an understanding of principal fire/explosion related issues in process safety.

• Environmental Impact Assessment
Provides the candidate with the knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of the Environmental Impact Assessment. By the end of the course, the student should be familiar with the European EIA legislation and its translation into the Scottish planning system, and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the EIA process, the tools and the agents involved in an EIA and the possible problems with using EIA as a decision making tool. . It is also intended that the student will be able to appreciate the purpose of the EIA process from a number of perspectives; that of a developer, an EIA practitioner and a policy maker.

• Project Management Theory and Practice
Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and practices of construction project management used to provide value added services to clients within the constraints of time, cost, quality sustainability and health and safety management.

• Learning from Disasters
Gives students an in depth understanding of some of the classic disasters and their consequences by using a range of practical accident investigation techniques. Students will learn to analyse complex histories in order to find the underlying root cause.

• Value and Risk Management.
Aims to introduce the concepts of value and risk management, apply them to strategic and tactical problems and illustrate their tools and techniques through case study.

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This. postgraduate course. provides relevant, up-to-date experience of food safety management, which is of vital importance both to organisations and individuals in the food industry, enforcement and education. Read more

This postgraduate course provides relevant, up-to-date experience of food safety management, which is of vital importance both to organisations and individuals in the food industry, enforcement and education. MSc Food Safety Management focuses on the important areas of foodborne disease, food safety hazards and the effective management of food safety through application of the risk management system Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). An online course, Food Safety Management provides learning units and support materials via a secure website. This includes individual and group activities, including live web-seminars, research tasks and case studies provide practical learning opportunities.  

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

Awards: MSc (After one year - PGCert HACCP Development, after two years - PGDip HACCP Audit and Management).

Within the last few years, there has been widespread agreement that to improve the safety of our food and promote consumer confidence in safe food production, a system known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is applied throughout the food industry. As a result, European legislation requires all food businesses to implement a system based on HACCP principles.

Challenges for food businesses, include not only development of suitable HACCP-based systems but on-going management and verification to assure HACCP effectiveness

Year 1

  • Foodborne Disease (Double Module)
  • HACCP Development

Year 2

  • HACCP Effective Food Safety Management Systems (Double Module)
  • Research Methods

Year 3

  • Current Issues in Food Safety Management (Double Module)
  • International Food Law (O) or
  • Allergy and Intolerance (O)

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Analyse case studies to determine the causes of foodborne disease and determine preventative strategies to reduce the risk of illness associated with the contamination of food.
  2. Assess a range of designs and methods currently used in research in the study domain.
  3. Identify, investigate and critically evaluate a current issue in food safety by applying selected theory and research techniques developed during the course to the chosen area.
  4. Critically evaluate the national and international legislative and enforcement frameworks in which all sectors of the food industry operate.
  5. Appreciate the range of common food hypersensitivities and evaluate the mechanisms of allergic and intolerance reactions
  6. Critically assess and discuss the epidemiological evidence relating to food allergy and intolerance with reference to methods of detection and diagnosis and consumer perception of food allergy.
  7. Identify and critically evaluate food safety hazards and determine their significance as risks to public health in food operations and products.

Subject-specific skills

  1. Assess surveillance and other relevant epidemiological data and estimate costs associated with incidents of foodborne disease.
  2. Analyse the relationship between prerequisite programmes and HACCP systems.
  3. Apply HACCP methodology to a food operation in order to develop a HACCP plan.
  4. Critically evaluate alternative approaches to HACCP implementation in food operations.
  5. Perform HACCP and food safety management system verification, including design, planning and execution of appropriate verification programmes.
  6. Apply some of the tools and techniques for managing projects and change in the context of the design and implementation of a HACCP project.
  7. Synthesise and apply relevant food safety and/or food standards legislation to different industry sectors and international settings.
  8. Critically assess requirements for allergen labelling and consumer information, including legislative and health protection requirements.

Thinking Skills

  1. Discuss food safety hazards and critically evaluate the suitability of physical and human resources employed in the global food supply chain for production of safe food.
  2. Reflect and critique the process of HACCP and Food Safety Management System verification in relation to current theory/practice literature.
  3. Assess the factors affecting successful implementation and management of a HACCP-based food safety management and discuss practical strategies to overcoming barriers to system implementation.
  4. Evaluate critically the key concepts and theories of managing projects and change in relation to development and implementation of effective HACCP-based food safety management programmes.
  5. Evaluate research methods employed to answer a range of research questions.
  6. Analyse contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in relation to current published research literature in the domain, including appraisal of design, analysis and interpretation of results.
  7. Identify research gaps in the chosen area and determine priority research questions with reference to current food safety theory and practice.
  8. Evaluate the impact of legislation and enforcement on the food industry and consumers, with reference to case law examples.
  9. Reflect and critique the process of effective allergen management in the global food supply chain, with reference to the application of prerequisite programmes and HACCP-based Food Safety Management Systems.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Detailed learning materials are all available online. Each topic of study involves a number of learning activities supported by asynchronous discussions, live web-cast workshops and chat activities. To take full advantage of the course, you will need the following software:

  • Firefox web browsing software.
  • Standard word processing and presentation software, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Standard electronic mail software, such as Outlook or Hotmail.
  • Acrobat reader software.
  • You will need to have signed up with an internet service provider. Broadband is recommended for full functionality, plus a webcam and headset/microphone.

Assessment is done in a number of different ways including a report on an outbreak of foodborne disease, a personal portfolio, critical analysis of papers and case studies. There are no examinations.



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Occupational safety and health aims to prevent accidents, ill-health and other losses arising from work and work activities. Read more

Occupational safety and health aims to prevent accidents, ill-health and other losses arising from work and work activities. The last few years have also seen safety professionals becoming increasingly responsible for environmental issues and, with current concern about climate change, this responsibility will almost certainly grow.

This programme covers all aspects of occupational safety, health and environment. Significant emphasis is placed on learning and research and one of the first courses that students take is Critical Thinking, which provides them with the skills necessary to take full advantage of their studies.

Support for online learning

As this is a distance learning programme, students are provided with study guides and supporting texts. Increasing use is made of electronic information sources and an online community is being developed for students. Students are invited to their learning centres at the start of the autumn and spring terms, giving them an opportunity to speak to tutors and other students.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the students research and analytical skills
  • To develop a wider and more in-depth understanding of occupational health, safety and environment theory and practice.

Contact us

Please contact us at  for further information on this distance learning programme.

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

Students are assessed assignments.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Careers

This programme offers enhanced skills for those already working in the field of occupational health and safety.



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This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other construction professionals to become familiar with the latest developments in Health and Safety legislation and practice. Read more
This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other construction professionals to become familiar with the latest developments in Health and Safety legislation and practice. In addition, the course will provide them with the knowledge necessary to perform the roles of Project Supervisor, Health and Safety Coordinator, Safety Advisor, and Safety Officer. In general, the issue of Health and Safety related competency in design and on construction sites is comprehensively dealt with in this program. The course has been accredited by IOSH and students successfully completing the programme will be eligible to apply for graduate level membership of IOSH.

Course Organisation:

Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7 - 10 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants are required to submit coursework as part of the students' assessment.

Course Content:

Health and safety legislation and legal framework
Risk management for design and construction
Construction regulations
Other relevant legislation
Health and safety management and training
Health and welfare issues; physical and chemical agents ' regulations and controls

Assessment:

Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in May/June. Coursework, which is done throughout the year, also contributes towards the overall assessment.

Recommended texts:

Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.

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