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.
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
At the end of the programme, students will have developed:
-the ability to develop, implement and continuously improve occupational safety and health management and risk management systems in the workplace, utilising: professional and academic writing skills;
- self-management and self-directive skills;
- research skills