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Health and Safety (MSc)

Course Description

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 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 issues were caused by machine malfunctions or misjudgement by humans.

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

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

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/healthandsafety_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


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

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

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

Examine how the working relationship between operator, machine and environment can be adapted for efficiency and safety, understanding the design features and environmental stressors that can occur.

Health & Safety Practice
Study the requirements that are placed upon organisations to ensure legal compliance to enable the management of health and safety risks, and critically relate good practice to the legal requirements so that compliance can be achieved.

Sensible Risk Management
Develop the knowledge of the common types of hazards, and the risk assessment process and skills in the completion of different types of risk assessment for the identified hazards.

Occupational Health & Wellbeing
Focus on the health aspects that may occur if good workplaces and practices are not developed, looking at both physical and mental health, and concepts of wellbeing.

Quantitative Risk Analysis
Critically examine the concept of risk as the product of probability and consequences. Develop knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the analytical techniques and the data requirements for quantification.

Research Methods in Health & Wellbeing
Gain the theoretical foundation and practical skills required to complete small scale research. Learn how to write a research proposal, conduct research and analyse health-related data.

Research & Practice Development
Your opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and/or development that underpins your learning.

Professional Practice & Development
Learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to other work settings or environments.


- Acoustics Laboratory
You’ll have access to some of the most specialised facilities in the country, including a reverberation room, anechoic chamber and audiometry room. We also have modern noise analysis equipment for you to use.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Food Inspection Laboratory
Use our hygienic lab to develop practical food specimen inspection skills. It features a seamless floor, stainless steel fittings, refrigeration units and foot operated hand wash facilities.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Health and Safety (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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