The Higher Diploma programme is designed to be completed over two full years (6 semesters), September to July each year
Lectures will normally be held on Fridays (9 am 5 pm) in Stage 1 and on Tuesdays (9 am 5 pm) in Stage 2
Attendance on occasional Saturdays will also be required; workplace site-visits will also take place outside of scheduled programme time
Programme assessment strategies are normally work-related and include continuous assessment, assignments, projects and examinations. Assignments, project work and self-directed learning may be required during the summer semester between the two academic years of study and in the final summer semester at the end of the programme
You must pass Stage 1 before you can progress to Stage 2.
This programme is suitable for persons with a professional interest in Safety and Health in the workplace, including safety advisors, managers, engineers, occupational hygienists, physicians and nurses. The Higher Diploma is recognised by the UK Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as an academic qualification for granting Chartered Membership of the Institution.
The purpose of the part-time UCD Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Programme is to provide the best educational experience for OSH practitioners in Ireland through a programme that aims to fulfil the academic competencies of Irish OSH legislation. The ultimate aim is to produce high calibre, inquisitive and dynamic OSH professionals for the Irish and international workforce. 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, student class participation exercises, small-group classes and group work. Continuous assessment (formative and summative) is solution-focused and evidence-based, and end-of-module examinations are also held. This high-quality programme is based on the values of student-support, adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, accessibility and professional relevance.
Have an advanced understanding of evidence based Occupational Safety and Health practices.
Be able to apply a comprehensive knowledge base to practical workplace situations.
Be able to self-evaluate their limitations and know when to call in specialist expertise
Be able to identify and critically assess occupational health and safety hazards, carry out risk assessments to a high standard, and develop and implement up to date evidence based risk control measures
Be able to advise management on, develop, direct and implement complex safety management systems and policies
Exhibit the advanced skills necessary to devise, implement and advise on safety, health and welfare procedures to benefit all workers.
Be capable in the identification, retrieval, interpretation, management, communication and utilization of relevant information to sustain arguments for the benefit of all workers.
Be capable of coping with prevailing workplace hazards and providing effective solutions to protect workers' health and safety.
Exhibit a range of adaptable transferable skills, which permit them to become lifelong learners.