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Environmental Health & Safety Management

Providing a healthy and safe work place whilst protecting the environment is now paramount for every business and industry. Our MSc in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management will provide you with practical management skills. Our online course is designed for busy professionals who wish to develop their knowledge base, network with like-minded individuals and further their career.

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

The taught elements of the course are delivered over two academic years.

Modules taught in the first year include environmental systems and technologies dealing with the technical aspects of environmental science such as: water pollution; air pollution; waste management; noise and vibration; energy and ecology. The occupational safety and health modules deal with hazard identification and risk assessment; machine and electrical safety; accident investigation and reporting; occupational hygiene; chemical safety and the handling, storage and transport of hazardous materials; and occupational health and ergonomics.

The second year focuses on environmental legislation; safety and health legislation; environmental impact assessment; policy and planning; environmental systems and auditing; safety and quality management systems; and management theory and practice. Visits to industrial and municipal workplaces form a significant part of the course.

There are 12 taught modules (5 credits per module) delivered over 2 years.

A Dissertation (30 credits) is also completed as part of the course. 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.

Entry requirements

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


2 Years online.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

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.

What are my further study opportunities?
Graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to the award of PhD at IT Sligo or at other third level institutes.

Further enquiries

Contact Number: 071-9318510

For Further Information
Steve Tonry
T: 353 (0)71 93 05639

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Risk Management and Technical Safety 5
Waste and Energy 5
Water and Ecology 5

Semester 2
Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Risk Management 5
Air Pollution and Noise 5
Occupational Health & Ergonomics 5

Semester 3
Health and Safety Law 5
Environmental Policy, Planning and EIA 5
Environmental Legislation 5

Semester 4
Safety, Health and Quality Management Systems 5
Management Theory and Practice 5
Environmental Management Systems and Auditing 5
Dissertation 30


Did you know?
This course is one of the only courses accredited by the following professional organisations:
•Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
•Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the only Chartered body for Health and Safety practitioners and the world's largest Health and Safety professional membership organisation.

This is an accredited course with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the largest professional body for chartered environmental scientists. All students on this course are eligible to become student members of this professional body.

Application date

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2018

Course fee

Total Fees €7,500
Per year €3,250

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