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Occupational Health - Online

UCC’s MSc Occupational Health is a modular programme that is delivered wholly online therefore 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. 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.

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 (This route is not available for the January 2017 intake)
◾Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.5.

*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.

Technical Requirements:
To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc. students will require access to at least a PC/ Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email - recommended.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


20 months, January 2017 - August 2018
This programme will be taught online

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 further engage in research in this area and to pursue a PhD.

Further enquiries

Dr Birgit Greiner Academic Director
Address: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Western Gateway Building, UCC
Tel: 021 4205507

Subjects taught

This 90-credit MSc in Occupational Health online programme meets the needs of the busy professional, offering a flexible approach to learning. The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to meet work, personal and academic requirements. This programme consists of eight modules – seven 10-credit taught modules and a 20-credit research dissertation module.

Students will take the following 10-credit taught modules:

EH6107 Principles and Practices of Occupational Health and Safety

EH6108 Psychosocial Epidemiology

EH6109 Occupational Health and Safety Management

EH6093 Introduction to Research and Epidemiology

EH6110 Risk Assessment and Implementation of Health and Safety Management Programmes

LW6109 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law

AD6008 Training and Development in Occupational Health and Safety


EH6114 a 20-credit dissertation module

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.

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


Course Practicalities
The programme must be completed to the 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 10-credit module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours. This consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, E-tivities and assignments for preparation, participation and submission.

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

Closing Date 5th December 2016

Non-EU Applicants:
Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €7,650

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 9th January 2017

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