Environmental Health & Safety Management - Sligo

This is a two-year part-time course aimed at Honours Degree (Level 8) graduates of Science, Engineering or related areas. Graduates will be able to manage the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) affairs of organisations and will be capable of developing management strategies for these areas compatible with other organisational functions.

Q: How is the course delivered?

A: Lectures are delivered online, via adobe connect or panopto. The online lectures are normally scheduled between 6-10pm from Monday – Friday during the term. Normally your lectures will take place on two of these evenings. If you cannot attend the live lecture, you have the option of watching a recorded lecture later at your convenience. Assignments are completed/uploaded using the online moodle platform.

Q: How often do I need to attend ATU Sligo?

A: This is an online course. We do meet up once per semester for workshop/site visit activities. However, if you are abroad it is still possible to complete the course, and provision can be made to take exams remotely.

Q: When does the course start and how long are the semesters?

A: The course starts in mid-September. Semester 1 runs from September to December with exams in January. Semester 2 runs from January to May with exams in May.

Key Course Information
Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.

This course is offered part-time over two years through online lectures and resource materials which are available 24/7 to the learner. There will be one workshop per semester where the students will undertake teamwork, case studies, lectures and/or site visits. Assessments will be a blend of online and final examinations and students will be instructed in these online methods at the start of the course.

Subjects taught

The course is delivered over two academic years.

Year 1 modules include:

Natural Resource Management and Assessment (Semester 1 - 10 credits)

Risk, Management and Technical Safety (Semester 1 - 10 credits)

Occupational Health, Hygiene and Chemical Risk Management (Semester 2 - 10 credits)

Environmental Licensing and Industrial Efficiency (Semester 2 - 10 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

EHS Regulation (Semester 1 - 10 credits)

Integrated Management Systems (Semester 1 - 10 credits)

A Dissertation (30 credits) is also completed as part of the course in Year 2, with Semester 2 being devoted solely to the Dissertation.

Students are encouraged to undertake this research on a topic of interest to them (or their employer) and students are mentored through the research by an IT Sligo academic supervisor.

There is an option to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental, Health and Safety Management after completing the 6 taught modules of the course (60 credits).

Entry requirements

Applicants with a Level 8 Honours Degree in Science or Engineering, or in a related area, are eligible to apply.

Applicants with a Level 8 Honours Degree in other areas must demonstrate appropriate experience in the EHS area.

Application dates

Applications for online programmes are accepted on the atu sligo website.

All programmes advertised will run subject to sufficient student numbers.

ATU sligo online has two intakes per year, the main one being in September with a smaller listing of programmes for January. For confirmation on start dates check www.itsligo.ie/online

For September, applications open from 1st February each year. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st august.

For January, applications open from 1st November each year. Closing date for applications is mid-January.

The online application form requires personal details, previous qualifications, professional accreditations, employment history and a personal statement. We recommend collating all the necessary paperwork i.e. Transcripts of previous qualifications, academic certificates before you submit an application.

Once submitted, our admissions team will contact you to confirm eligibility and request copies of any previous qualifications.

Academic staff review every application and approve eligible candidates for the programme.

Admissions team will notify you if you are accepted onto the course and will request deposit to confirm your place.

Places are limited, so please apply early.




2 years part-time, online.


EU Fees
Total Fees MSc EHS €7500
• €750 per 10 credit module
• €3000 for 30 credit Dissertation

• Year 1 (4 no. 10 credit modules) €3000
• Year 2 (2 no. 10 credit modules plus 30 credit Dissertation) €4500

Non EU Fees
Total Fees MSc EHS €12000
• €1200 per 10 credit module
• €4800 for 30 credit Dissertation

• Year 1 (4 no. 10 credit modules) €4800
• Year 2 (2 no. 10 credit modules plus 30 credit Dissertation) €7200

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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Career Opportunities
An ever increasing number of organisations are implementing EHS management systems based on International and European standards. These systems enable companies to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to managing their EHS affairs. Since the introduction of EPA licensing approximately 1,000 Irish organisations have been issued with licenses, a condition of these includes a requirement to implement an Environmental Management System.

Many other organisations are also considering, or are in the process of implementing, systems to ensure better management of their EHS affairs. Once these systems are in place, considerable resources are required for their continued operation, management and improvement

Further Study
Graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to the award of PhD at ATU Sligo or at other third level institutes.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible,Blended

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