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Safety Health & Welfare at Work

The course provides professional training in the management of safety, health and welfare at work. It is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and was developed in co-operation with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Graduates of the course may apply for graduate membership of IOSH upon completion.

The course is offered by ACE at UCC in association with the departments of Applied Psychology, Biochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Law, Applied Social Studies, Statistics, the College of Medicine and Health, and the Industrial Liaison Unit. It is delivered on a part-time modular basis in order to meet the needs of working professionals, who in the past have come from a variety of disciplines including HR, construction, medicine, production and engineering.

The Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work is designed to help you ensure the safety, health and welfare of the Irish workforce. Though the training is directed at Irish working conditions with the emphasis on chemical, pharmaceutical, agri-industry, electronics, health care and services, the course content is sufficiently broad to allow for new situations in different industries.

Effective worker protection and prevention of work-related ill health and accidents requires a widely based knowledge of toxicology, psychology, legislation, human body responses, ergonomics and engineering. Only with knowledge of all these related areas can effective solutions be recommended.

You will learn the prevention of ill health and accidents, as well as getting specific training in prevention and protection in the workplace. On completion of the course you will be competent in dealing effectively with the majority of health and safety problems in the workplace.

This course allows you the unique opportunity to blend academic learning with your own workplace experience. This approach is at the core of adult experiential learning. You will actively participate and question during the classes, and are encouraged to bring examples of your experience to illustrate aspects of the learning experience. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds from a range of different sectors.

This course enables significant career development and opportunities. Our graduates are now located in the middle-senior levels of safety management in a variety of sectors. In addition, many of our students have returned to contribute to the Health and Safety Programmes at UCC.

Entry requirements

Normally, applicants for entry to the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work will be at least 23 by 1 January of the year of application with a minimum of two years' health, engineering, personnel, managerial, training or comparable experience. English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.


2 years part-time.

2 evenings per week Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-9.30pm September to May

Assessment method

Written examinations at the end of each module, and continuous assessment including both individual and group projects.

Course fee

€3,025 year 1 (includes 1 year IOSH membership), €2,900 year 2

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018 - TBC

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