Occupational Safety & Health

The MSc in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is a multidisciplinary graduate programme, designed for graduates who are engaged in OSH, who have not previously achieved a higher qualification in OSH.

The programme covers a range of multidisciplinary topics relevant to Occupational Safety and Health. Subjects covered include Legislation, Occupational Health, Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work, Health and Safety Management and Safety Technology

This part-time programme is designed to be completed over two full years (six semesters), September to July each year.

Assignments, project work and self-directed learning are required during the summer semester between the two academic years of study. You will complete your dissertation during the summer semester at the end of the second academic year.

Lectures from core modules will normally be held on Fridays (9 am-5 pm) in Year 1 and on Tuesdays (9 am-5 pm) in Year 2.

You may be required to take 20 elective credits. Times and days of elective modules vary.

Thesis supervision in Year 2 takes place outside of scheduled programme times/days.

Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects and examinations.

Vision and Values Statement
The purpose of the UCD MSc in Occupational Safety and Health Programme is to educate graduates from cognate disciplines to proactively manage prevailing occupational safety and health risks, to design effective solutions and become leaders in embedding a health and safety culture in the working environment, and to use an evidence-base to integrate up-to-date health and safety principles, practice and legal frameworks into professional practice. Learning takes place in a class-room environment in UCD, with some online-learning interaction, through live face-to-face engagement with peers and leading experts, including academics, regulatory authorities and multidisciplinary industry experts. For working students, experiential learning and application of learning also takes place at work. Teaching methods include face-to-face lectures and small-group classes, group work and supervision. Continuous assessment (formative and summative) is problem-based and work-situated, and end-of-module examinations are also held. This high quality programme is based on the values of adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, accessibility, research-focused, evidence-base, and professional relevance. This programme can be taken full or part-time.

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate specialist knowledge of a wide range of subjects and disciplines relevant to safety and health in the work environment

Utilise advanced knowledge of OSH risk and risk potential in order to develop and implement risk control measures based on research evidence

Synthesise knowledge to identify and evaluate OSH hazards, use an appropriate methodology to carry out risk assessments in complex and new environments, and develop and implement safety management systems and policy

Be skilled in the identification, retrieval, synthesis, management and professional communication of relevant research-based OSH information to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Demonstrate autonomy and self-direction in applying up-to-date OSH principles and knowledge in new and unfamiliar environments

Be capable of being a leader in embedding a health and safety culture in the working environment (S, A) and contribute to corporate social responsibility

Identify an OSH research question, develop a research plan, collect and analyse data, using statistical techniques, and produce a report of their project in the form of a thesis

At the end of the programme, students will have developed:
-the ability to develop, implement and continuously improve occupational safety and health management and risk management systems in the workplace, utilising: professional and academic writing skills;
- self-management and self-directive skills;
- research skills

Entry requirements

You should normally be an honours graduate (2.1 or above) of an Irish level 8 degree, or international equivalent, in a cognate discipline.

You should be in full or part-time employment.

You should have at least three years work experience at the time of application.

Priority is given to applicants who are active in Occupational Safety and Health.

You will be required to supply transcripts of your primary degree and the supporting documents at the time of your application.

Subjects taught

Modules include:
Safety and Health Legislation
Health and Safety Management
OSH Research Literature Review
Occupational Health
Occupational Hygiene
Occupational Safety and Health Policy
Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work
Research Methods (OSH)
Chemical Safety and Toxicology
Safety Technology
Dissertation (OSH)

Detailed information on individual modules is available on the UCD Course Search page




2 Years Part-Time.


MSc Occupational Safety & Health (X061) Part Time
EU fee per credit - € 102
EU fee per credit - € 102 aa
nonEU fee per credit - € 152
nonEU fee per credit - € 152

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information for 2020/21 (See 'Graduate Taught Fees') is available on the UCD Fees website

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2020 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The programme is designed for graduates who have a professional interest, or growing responsibility, in the area of OSH. Our graduates can be found in national and global organisations across a number of industries. Many embark on careers as consultants and others are in senior positions in public and private sector industries.

Professional Accreditation
The MSc in OSH programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as the academic requirement for graduate membership. The MSc in OSH was most recently accredited by IOSH in 2019 and is due for reaccreditation in 2024. Successful completion of this programme qualifies you to apply for graduate membership of IOSH (UK) and, subject to experience and other entry requirements, you may become a chartered member of the Institute (CMIOSH) and use the title Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner. Further information about the application process is available at http://www.iosh.co.uk

Registered students will also be able to apply for OSH Student Membership, with a low nominal fee for part-time students. You will therefore have immediate access to a range of benefits to help you enhance your career prospects and professional standing. These benefits include:

- events where you can start building their professional network and make high-quality connections

- careers and employability advice and support from experts

- access to a wealth of specialist technical knowledge

- and mentoring opportunities

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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