A rewarding and ever-developing field, occupational health and safety involves ensuring people's welfare and wellbeing at work is taken care of. From helping to prevent work-related illness and stress to understanding how motivation can impact on health, the work is varied and constantly developing. It allows you not only to improve the quality of people's lives, but to do so in an area where, owing to the very nature of the employer-employee relationship, it can often be hard for individuals to put their health first.
Our links with industry and professional bodies are second to none – the course has a strong emphasis on practical skills, and you'll work on projects in collaboration with professionals. Course leader Dr Alan Page, a chartered environmental health practitioner, Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and Member of Chartered Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, is held in very high regard within the industry. Hence the course is hugely well-respected internationally – employers often contact us to invite applications from our graduates when they have a vacancy.
Our students carry out important research which is recognised within the industry. In October 2014 Lisa Borley presented research on the role of regulators in promoting business through health and safety at an international safety conference. RedLoop, the university's design and innovation centre, has been working on a World Health Organisation-led project to design an alternative source of fuel using sawdust.
Our aim is to produce competent practitioners who are able to lead health and safety improvement in the workplace. We'll give you the legal, technical and scientific knowledge you need to recognise and assess risks and find solutions to them. The course has a strong practical element and you'll work on management reports, accident appraisals, audits and other exercises designed to reflect the work you'll do in real life. It's also just been updated to include environmental management in response to industry demand.
The course will cover factors affecting health and safety at work; different approaches to occupational health; hazards such as chemicals, plant, equipment, electricity, fire, explosive materials and biological hazards; health and safety in high-risk industries, such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing; developing an organisation's safety policy; accident reporting; legislation, policy and ethics; and preventing pollution. You'll also study occupational psychology - how both the culture, psychology and management of a workplace, and individuals' behaviour, attitudes and motivation affect health and safety, and how to deal with psychological hazards in the workplace.
You'll study eight core modules: occupational safety and health management and law; fundamentals of strategic risk management; occupational hygiene and health; factors shaping health and safety at work; managing health and safety processes at work; health and safety within high risk industries; environmental assessment and management; and occupational psychology and ergonomics. On top of this, you'll take a research methods module to accompany your research project. There's the option of doing a PG Dip course instead of the full MSc, for which you'll study all eight basic modules, but leave out the research module and the dissertation.
An important element of the course will be the development of your communication skills, as a career in occupational health and safety involves communicating with many different types of people through a variety of media. You'll also improve your negotiation, advocacy, management, leadership, numeracy, time management and teamwork skills, as well as learning to use IT to search for relevant literature.
For your research project, you'll plan, carry out, evaluate and present the results of your own investigation into a topical issue in occupational safety and health. Stress at work, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and regulatory practice have all been popular research subjects with our students, and you can base your project abroad if you wish. The project must involve original research, but it can be a theoretical study, based on calculations or modelling. You will be allocated a supervisor whose expertise is in, or closely related to, the area you're investigating. He or she will agree the subject you're going to tackle with you and will be on hand to advise you throughout the project. You will present your work in the form of a written thesis and a presentation.
You can expect to spend between 450 and 500 hours on your project, plus another 150 on the accompanying research methods module. The module will cover experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and management, presentation and computing skills. You'll learn to evaluate different research techniques, search for and review relevant literature, come up with a research proposal, and analyse and present data.
You will do practical work in the form of workplace visits, risk assessments and laboratory simulations, as well as attending lectures, workshops and seminars. You’ll explore the theory in lectures – some of which are given by external specialists - and apply it in seminars through group work, discussions and problem-solving exercises based on real-life scenarios. Case study evaluations and discussions with professionals will further consolidate your understanding. In workshops you’ll learn how to use equipment, including occupational hygiene and noise monitoring equipment, and carry out inspections, audits and assessments.
You will also do your own independent study and make use of online learning resources, including professional databases and Health and Safety Executive campaign sites. The Unihub also has interactive exercises, links to external sources of information and podcasts, and a message board for discussions.
As well as exams, and your research project and dissertation, you will be assessed in a variety of other ways. These will include inspections, research exercises, essays, reports, literature reviews, leaflets, portfolios of work, case study analyses, problem-solving exercises and group presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed coursework.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The need for occupational health professionals has never been greater, and as the relationship between employment and health becomes better understood, and workers' rights improve, it is likely to become a more and more important field and more and more prominent in government policy.
The course will equip you for a wide range of roles in areas such as occupational health, occupational hygiene, environmental management, risk management and consultancy, both in the UK and abroad. A very high percentage of our students go into jobs directly related to the course.
A number of large employers run internship schemes in partnership with us, who regularly offer placements of several months or more to our students (and these are often followed by a permanent appointment). The university is also part of the IOSH's work shadowing scheme, and can put you in contact with employers who can help you gain experience. You're encouraged to take up placement opportunities during your studies – for a start they will count towards the two years of professional development you'll need to gain chartered membership of the IOSH.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, communication, presentation and teamwork skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc/PG Dip Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
MSc Full-time students: £8,500
Part-time per taught credit: £57
Part-time per dissertation credit: £28
PG Dip Full-time students: £6,000
Part-time per taught credit: £57
PG Cert Full-time students: £3,400
Part-time per taught credit: £57
MSc Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
PG Dip Full-time students: £10,000
Part-time per taught credit: £ 84
PG Cert Full-time students: £9,000
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.