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MSc Safety, Health & Environment

Course Description

The course aims to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health for students from diverse backgrounds and to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.

The successful completion of this course will enable students to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course also develops your critical and analytical powers in relation to SHE.

The course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions.

Key benefits:

• Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
• Vocational orientation and substantial input from professional practitioners
• Interdisciplinary and flexible study

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/safety,-health-and-environment

Suitable for

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Programme 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.

The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health, safety and environment professionals in the 21st Century.

Modules address the exiting and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk.

A feature of the course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.

The course comprises of four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation. 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.

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.


This course involves lectures, case studies, assignments and seminars. There are site visits to contextualize learning and there is a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers.

Module titles

• Research and Professional Practice
• Risk: Perception and Management
• Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management
• Dissertation

Optional modules:

• Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases
• Management of Occupational Health and Safety


A mixture of the following:

• Portfolio
• Literature Review
• Case study
• Project
• Examination
• Report
• Dissertation

Career potential

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

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.

This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within the industry.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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

(Student Profile)

Cleo Varianou

602.jpg Being at Salford gives you the opportunity to meet students from all over the world with diverse cultural backgrounds and new interesting ideas. Working with them allowed me to expand my knowledge and experience.

The best part of the course is the modules which cover the area of safety, health & environment in an interesting way, making study pleasant! In particular, most of them apply theory into practice, teaching me how to deal in a real situation. That part makes them extremely useful for my career.

I would definitely recommend this course - it gave me the opportunity to get the job that I was hoping for, right after my graduation (working at MDA Management Ltd where I am a health and safety coordinator.)


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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