Occupational Health - Online

UCC's MSc Occupational Health is a part-time programme delivered wholly online offering students a flexible mode of learning. The programme integrates occupational health and safety into a multidisciplinary perspective. It offers students the opportunity to study modern cutting-edge scientific concepts and research evidence on causation, prevention and management of work-related accidents, injury and disease. The programme incorporates the following subject areas:

Public Health
Risk Assessment and Management
Occupational Medicine and Hygiene
Training and Development

Students can then apply this knowledge to practice.

The interactive format of the teaching sessions is conducive to student networking and the sharing of knowledge and practical experience. In several modules students will work with practical case studies, engage in project work and reflective inquiry.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:
Demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including occupational medicine, epidemiology, psychology, public health, safety science, law and training and development;

Practise measures to prevent disease and injury, and to protect and promote health and safety in occupational settings with application of the newest research evidence;

Perform risk assessments and management in the workplace for both physical and psychosocial risk factors;

Employ skills to critically appraise publications and statistics and stay up-to date with the newest research evidence;

Design occupational health and safety training and development programmes in line with organisational policy;

Design and carry out an ethical piece of scholarly research and health and safety programme evaluation;

Systematically search and select credible and accurate sources of information for Occupational Health and Safety practice and research;

Develop critical personal reflection of experience to shape future professional practice and development;

Demonstrate an understanding of the major legal principles relevant to occupational health and safety, employment and the environment.

The programme is a completed value of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks with one module being delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. Each module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours. This consists of online:

Self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation

E-tivities (e.g. student quizzes and regular participation in discussion boards)

Preparation of written and/or oral assignments

Why Study this Course?

Our programme integrates 'classical' occupational health and safety with 'modern' approaches applicable to a wide range of industries, the health care sector and public administration. We address risk assessment and management of both psychosocial and physical hazards in the workplace and include approaches to prevent accidents and injuries combined with the promotion of health in the workplace. The course has a special focus on psychosocial aspects of work, which are becoming more and more relevant in modern occupational health and safety management. For example, we address work organisation and stress factors relevant to health and safety such as work demands, control, social support, working hours and violence. The presentation of the content is informed by the most up-to-date research evidence and applied to practice. The breath of content and research methods is taught through a trans-disciplinary approach. Our programme teaches health and safety in practice with real-life scenarios for students to learn from.

The MSc in Occupational Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to Occupational Health and Safety, so that graduates are equipped with up to date skills to research and evaluate factors that contribute to a safe and healthy physical & psychosocial work environment. Students will learn how to conduct appropriate risk assessments to optimise health, safety and wellbeing and to prevent accidents and injury for employees in their workplace.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MSc programme in Occupational Health must meet one of the following criteria:

- A Level 8 honours primary degree (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in a relevant area, for example health-related (Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Environmental Health, Psychology/Behavioural Science, Physiotherapy); Engineering and Human Resource Management and relevant professional experience* or work placement in an associated Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare area;
- A minimum of a Diploma/Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1), from UCC, or an equivalent qualification** from another Institution (Level 8 Diploma, minimum second class honours, grade 1) and a minimum of two years relevant professional work experience* in an area associated with Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare;
- Applicants with a minimum of three years professional work experience in an associated area* of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare will be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme

*Relevant professional work experience, job title examples: Health and Safety Officers/Advisors/Managers/Coordinators; Environmental Safety Officers/Managers; Safety Engineers, Health Promotion Officers; HR Officers/Managers; Occupational Health Nurses, Health Scientists, Professional Trainers, Health and Safety Consultants.

**Level 8 examples: Diploma/Higher Diploma/International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety; Diploma in Environment Management, Diploma in Health Promotion, Diploma in Learning, Development and Work-based Training.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


20 months Part-Time online

This programme will be taught online over 20 months (End of August 2018 to end of April 2020)

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates already working in OSH can progress in their career and move to higher-level managerial positions (e.g. Health and Safety Manager).

Graduates who changed their career can move into employed positions in different industries, common job titles: occupational health officer, safety officer, health & safety officer, health and safety coordinator, quality officer, environmental health officer, health and safety adviser, environmental health officer and ergonomist. Some of these posts may require further qualifications.

Graduates can also apply for jobs in regulatory agencies, e.g. as safety inspector.

Graduates can set up their own Health and Safety Consultancy Business.

Others may stay in their current position (e.g. as HR manager, safety engineer, occupational health nurse) and apply their broadened knowledge). The MSc in Occupational Health also offers the opportunity to furhter engage in research in this area and to pursue a PhD.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Michelle Syron
+353 21 4205520

Subjects taught

Students take modules to the value of 90 credits as follows:

Part I - Year 1
EH6107 Principles and Practices of Occupational Health and Safety (10 credits)
EH6109 Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace (10 credits)
EH6153 Quantitative Research and Epidemiology (10 credits)
LW6109 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law (10 credits)
AD6073 Training and Development Issues in Occupational Health (online) (5 credits)

Part I - Year 2

Core Modules
EH6110 Risk Assessment and Implementation of Health and Safety Management Programmes (Online) (10 credits)
EH6141 Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)
EH6142 Risk Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Risks (5 credits)

Elective Modules
Students choose one module from:
EH6000 Implementation Science in Health (5 credits)
EH6130 Critical appraisal of publications for research and practice (5 credits)
EH6140 Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease (5 credits)
EH6159 Health Promotion II (5 credits)

Part II
EH6114 Dissertation in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (20 credits)

See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Assessment method

A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These may include essays, case studies, online presentations, quiz, accumulative report writing, reflective journal and E-tivities.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications To be confirmed in early 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date August 2019

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