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Occupational Safety & Health

The MSc in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is a multidisciplinary graduate programme, designed for graduates who are engaged in OSH, who have not previously achieved a higher qualification in OSH.

The programme covers a range of multidisciplinary topics relevant to Occupational Safety and Health. Subjects covered include Legislation, Occupational Health, Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work, Health and Safety Management and Safety Technology

This part-time programme is designed to be completed over two full years (six semesters), September to July each year.

Assignments, project work and self-directed learning are required during the summer semester between the two academic years of study. You will complete your dissertation during the summer semester at the end of the second academic year.

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

You may be required to take 20 elective credits. Times and days of elective modules vary.

Thesis supervision in Year 2 takes place outside of scheduled programme times/days.

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

Vision and Values Statement
The purpose of the UCD MSc 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 can be taken full or 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

Identify an OSH research question, develop a research plan, collect and analyse data, using statistical techniques, and produce a report of their project in the form of a thesis

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.

Number of credits


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 wide spectrum 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 3420

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Safety and Health Legislation

Chemical Safety and Toxicology

Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work

Safety Technology

OSH Research Literature Review

Dissertation (Occupational Safety and Health)

Environmental Assmt and Mgmt

Introduction to Environmental Science and Health

Environmental Leg and Regs

Occupational Health

Occupational Safety and Health Policy

Occupational Hygiene

Health and Safety Management

Occupational Ergonomics (4)

One Health

Health Promotion

Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior Changes

Applied Research Methods & Data Management

Principles of Management, Health Economics & Health Policy

Application date

Who should apply?

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

How To Apply

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Occupational Safety & Health PT (X061)
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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