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Safety, Health and Environmental Management - MSc


Course Description

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.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicant will normally hold an honours degree, 2:2 or above, in an appropriate subject including but not limited to environment, geography, environmental health, science, engineering, business and law. Additionally, interviews will be held where: the suitability of a candidate is in doubt and further evidence is sought; candidates present an unusual set of qualifications taken or pending or with limited academic qualifications but a strong professional background in environmental management/health and safety or related areas of work and/or; candidates may need advice on the appropriateness of the programme.

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