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Occupational Safety & Health

GradDip Occupational Safety & Health

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The programme covers a range of multidisciplinary topics relevant to Occupational Safety and Health. Subjects covered include Legislation, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene, Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work, Chemical Safety and Toxicology and Safety Toxicology. This part-time programme is designed to be completed over two full years (five semesters). September to July Year 1 and September to May Year 2.

Assignments, project work and self-directed learning are required during the summer semester between the two academic years of study.

Lectures will normally be held on Fridays (9 am - 5 pm) in Year 1 and on Tuesdays(9 am - 5 pm) in Year 2.

Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects and examinations.

Vision and Values Statement

The purpose of the UCD Graduate Diploma 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 is offered part-time.

Programme Outcomes

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

Entry requirements

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 be in full or part time employment

You should have at least three years work experience at the time of application

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.


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

The programme is designed for graduates who have a professional interest, or growing responsibility, in the area of OSH. 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 is available at

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:David O'Dwyer
Contact Number:+353 (0) 1716 34 20

Subjects taught

Modules include:

Safety and Health Legislation
Health and Safety Management
Occupational Health
Occupational Hygiene
Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work
Applied Research Methods and Data Management
Chemical Safety and Toxicology
Safety Technology

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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