Occupational Safety & Health

This MSc in OSH full-time programme is especially designed for graduates who have experience in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), who have not previously achieved a higher level qualification in the area. At the end of the programme, you will have developed the ability to develop and implement health and safety management and risk management systems relevant to the OSH needs of your professional discipline; professional and academic writing skills; self-management and self-directive skills and research skills.

- This MSc in OSH full-time programme is designed to be completed over one academic year (September to July). You will attend classes on weekdays and complete 90 credits over three semesters.

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

- Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects, and a dissertation.

- Thesis supervision takes place outside of scheduled programme times/days.

- Places are limited, so apply as early as possible.

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, research-focused, evidence-base, and professional relevance.

Related Programme
MSc Occupational Safety & Health PT

Subjects taught

Modules include:
Safety and Health Legislation
Health and Safety Management
OSH Literature Review Methods
Occupational Health
Occupational Hygiene
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.

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

You should ideally have OSH work experience.

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.

International Applicants
Candidates whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL. The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be submitted with the application.

In all cases the test results must not be more than 2 years old. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.

Candidates whose existing degree was obtained in a country where the official language of instruction is English may, at the request of the School, still be subject to the same requirements where English is not the candidate's first language.

English Language Test Scores vary across the College and within Schools in accordance with the requirements of a specific programme. UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo Test of English (DET) for the 2021/2022 intake.

For the purposes of the MSc in OSH FT, please note:

The minimum requirement for the Duolingo Test will be a DET score of 130 with at least 120 in each subscore.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic): Minimum Overall Band Score of 7.5 with a result NOT LESS than 7.0 in EACH of the individual sections.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet Based Test: Minimum total score of 110 with a score NOT LESS than 22 in Reading and Listening. NOT LESS than 26 in Speaking and NOT LESS than 24 in the test of written English.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Occupational Safety & Health FT (X373)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

You apply using the UCD online application system. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2023. If you receive an offer and wish to accept your place please do so by the deadline indicated on your acceptance letter by UCD Admissions.

Completed applications will be assessed promptly. Before you submit your application, please ensure you upload the relevant documents and provide information that is requested to support your application.

As part of your application, you must submit the following online:

A CV (maximum 2 pages).

A personal statement of approximately 500 words. Your personal statement should focus on a) your interest in OSH, b) how you expect the programme will impact on your career and c) how you plan to balance your work, life and study commitments. (Please use these headings).

Copies of your degree parchments as well as full transcripts of your results.

Two references, one academic, and one from an employer, signed and on headed paper.

If your first language is not English, you must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please note, your application will be reviewed after all the necessary documents are submitted. An online non-refundable application fee applies.

Eligible candidates deemed to be considered for the MSc in OSH FT may be interviewed.

Canvassing by applicants, or any other person on their behalf, will disqualify.

Applications for September 2023/24 intakes close on 31st March 2023.

Please note, if you receive an offer and wish to accept your place please do so by the deadline indicated on your acceptance letter by UCD Admissions.




1 year full-time.


MSc Occupational Safety & Health (X373) Full Time
EU fee per credit - € 102
nonEU fee per credit - € 152

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fees for 2020/21 (See 'Graduate Taught Fees') are available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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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.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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