"There has never been such demand for graduates with the technical and managerial skills to support health and safety in the workplace."Maeve O’Loughlin, Programme Leader
Every workplace requires effective safety, health and environment management, increasing the demand for graduate professionals. Our degree will ensure you are able to understand and manage the risks that lie at the core of the profession.
Our specialist degree is tailored towards professionals wishing to gain academic qualifications in this vital area of workplace operations. It can be studied full time (1 year) or part time (2 years).
Your studies will be professionally focused to include regular site visits to our industry partner organisations, consistently blending theory with practice. You will develop expert knowledge in the operational risk management of workplace hazards and learn how successful risk management is driven by educated safety, health and environmental practitioners. You will graduate, able to drive continual improvement and comply with legal requirements. This degree will give you confidence in creating positive workplace cultures surrounding safety, health and environmental management.
Full time students: the six compulsory 15 credit modules are studied in one year. In addition, there is a 30 credit research project completed over the length of the course.
Part time students: this typically takes two years with students completing three compulsory modules and half their research project in each year of study.
This fast-track course is equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree, which means you must have achieved suitable qualifications and/ or experience to meet the study requirements. See the 'entry requirements' tab for further details.
Part time students have the same access to University facilities and resources as full time students
Practical work, such as workplace inspections, audits and risk assessments, is an important part of the course, so you can see how the principles you are learning work in practice. You will also attend lectures, workshops and seminars, where you will discuss ideas and develop your understanding, and work on case studies involving practical workplace problems, laboratory tasks and group tasks.
You will further your knowledge through your own independent study, including online study and exercises, and will have the opportunity to use professional online databases such as the Barbour index and HSE campaign sites. In your final year, you will do a dissertation.
Principal lecturer in occupational safety and health Paul D'Arcy is a consultant who provides training and consultancy to a wide range of clients. He is studying for his doctorate and his current research focuses on the skills required of a safety practitioner. Paul is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Principal lecturer in environmental and public health Dr Alan Page is a former safety regulator with a long history of research for professional bodies and government agencies. His current research focuses on the role of regulation, the use of the workplace as a learning medium, and professional practice. Alan is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Environmental Health.
You will be assessed through a variety of means, including exams and tests, your dissertation, and coursework including case study assessments, essays, inspections, audit reports and management reports.
The BSc (Hons) is a top-up qualification allowing those applicants who can demonstrate appropriate prior learning and experience to access the 3rd year of a degree. Applicants are usually provided with some pre-reading material to ensure that they are adequately prepared for study at this level.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. 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 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English 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, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
This course can open the doors to a wide range of careers. You could work in a company as a health, safety and environment advisor, or within a specialist consultancy, or as a self-employed practitioner. Many of our graduates also work overseas for international companies.
Our graduates now work for companies including: West London NHS, Central Middlesex Hospital, Watford Council, Tesco, London Underground, CLP Power, and Sun Fook Kong Construction.
Based on the data from respondents of the 2009-10 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey, six months after graduating 79% of BSc Occupational Safety, Health and Environment graduates were in a graduate job, with an average salary of £25,000.
"Our academics are also working as highly experienced practitioners so many professional practice skills are embedded in the course, including provision of new occupational monitoring equipment and application of skills to problem based case study scenarios.
"We want students to develop and gain the qualities of high calibre graduates in the health and safety profession. We have run this course for many years and have recently reviewed the content of the course to ensure skills such as organisational culture, occupational psychology, principles of risk management and toxicology are included alongside the development of practical knowledge. This ensures you are able to recognise and have the means of addressing risk in the workplace when faced with underlying factors that impact upon good safety performance.
"It is an exciting time for the profession in light of recent legal changes and the global need for sensible risk decision making. Whether working abroad under newly developed health and safety regimes or in the UK or EU, there has never been such demand for graduates with the technical and managerial skills to support health and safety in the workplace and our aim is to provide for your learning to do this successfully."