Occupational Safety & Health
MSc Occupational Safety & Health
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This 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. Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects, examinations and a dissertation
This is a full-time multidisciplinary graduate programme, 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 their professional discipline; professional and academic writing skills; self-management and self-directive skills and research skills.
Places re limited, so apply as early as possible.
This programme is designed for working graduates who are engaged in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), who have not previously achieved a higher qualification in OSH. It is offered full-time and has multidisciplinary lecturers and students
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes.
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.
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;
- 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
English Language Requirements
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.
The following are the English language tests and scores accepted by the School:
IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic): Minimum Overall Band Score of 7.0 with a result NOT LESS than 6.5 in EACH of the individual sections.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet Based Test: Minimum total score of 100 out of 120, 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.
Paper Based Test: Minimum total score of 600 with a score NOT LESS than 5.0 in the Test of Written English.
Core Modules include:
Safety and Health Legislation
Health and Safety Management
Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work
Research Methods (OSH)
Detailed information on individual modules is available on the UCD Course Search page.
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.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 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.
Registered students will 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
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 any of the above opportunities is available at http://www.iosh.co.uk