The Master of Science Health and Safety programme aims to provide safety practitioners with an enhanced level of knowledge which supports a career not only as a health and safety practitioner, but as a practitioner and manager of the health and safety process in both the private and public sectors, and with the ability to engage in research and practice development. It is anticipated that such a practitioner will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their organisation, the community, the advancement of the health and safety profession and wider society. Students during their study will have acquired key knowledge, and developed the advanced skills that are associated with, pragmatic competent risk management strategies and techniques. Students successfully completing the programme will also have fulfilled the required professional body learning outcomes, as required by the accrediting professional body, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and will be eligible for Graduate Membership and the opportunity to progress to Chartered Safety Practitioner status.
Such practitioners will have developed the ability and attitudes to critically identify, evaluate, develop, and deliver occupational health and safety issues in a range of settings, contributing to and securing enhanced personal and team practice through research, the continuation of personal professional development and lifelong learning.
Students completing the MSc in health and safety will be able to:
- Critically analyse, examine and deal with complex occupational safety and health issues, formulating sound judgments using the evidence available and then communicate their decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- Act autonomously to plan and implement tasks in an organised and professional manner;
- Advance their knowledge and understanding of risk, and risk management in a holistic context;
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of current practice and be able to apply research methodology to contribute to practice development;
- Apply self-development techniques to enhance and apply their knowledge.
- Health & Safety Practice
- Occupational Health & Wellbeing
- Professional Practice & Development
- Quantitative Risk Analysis
- Sensible Risk Management
- Applied Research Methods
- Research and Practice Development
General Entry Requirements
- All applicants must be aged 21 or above and must also meet the English Language Requirements
- All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional
- All applications are subject to final approval by the University.
1) Standard Entry
Applicants should hold a second class honours degree in Health and Safety or in another discipline.
2) Entry With Advanced Standing
Applicants who already hold an IOSH-accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety are eligible to enter the course with Advanced Standing to complete the 60 Credit “Research” element of the course.
3) Entry Through Recognition of Prior Learning/ Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements but who hold equivalent qualifications and/or work experience, will be considered via the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning process which requires them to submit evidence to demonstrate the equivalency of their qualifications and/or experience. All such applications will be reviewed by the University Link Tutor and the designated University RPL Co-ordinator.
English Language Requirements
The English requirement for this course is IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5 or equivalent OR
Applicants who have successfully completed an Honours Degree which was taught and assessed in English OR
Applicants who hold the WSQ Specialist Diploma in Workplace Safety and Health (Admission to this course requires the same level of attainment).