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Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management MSc/PGDip

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October 2019
September 2019 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,100 (UK/EU) *
£13,900 (INT) *
Course leader
Alan Page

A rewarding and ever-developing field, occupational health and safety involves ensuring people's welfare and well-being at work. 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.

Why study MSc/PGDip Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management at Middlesex University?

This course has a strong emphasis on practical skills, and you'll work on projects in collaboration with professionals. The University's strong links within the industry and professional bodies mean that this course is highly regarded and well respected internationally. Employers often invite applications from our graduates when they have a vacancy.

All course tutors are practicing consultants, which ensures that you will be studying the latest developments and practices. Many are also active in research and you will be encouraged to undertake research which will be recognised within the industry.

If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can apply to the PGDip where you study only eight modules, omitting the Dissertation.

Course highlights

  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, which means you can become a graduate member of the institution when you complete the course, and can then gain chartered membership after two years' professional development
  • You'll have access to the Barbour Index, the UK's leading source of health and safety information, including statistics, information on legislation changes and training guides
  • Our excellent facilities include a specialist environmental and occupational safety laboratory where you'll carry out practical assessments, as well as specialist monitoring and other equipment
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MSc/PGDip Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management?

This 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 situations. You will cover factors affecting health and safety at work, different approaches to occupational health, and examine such hazards as chemical, plant, equipment, electricity, fire, explosive materials and biological. You'll also study occupational psychology and learn how the culture, psychology and management of a workplace, and individuals' behaviour, attitudes and motivation can affect health and safety.

What will you gain?

As well as gaining an in-depth understanding of your subject, you will also be a competent practitioner who is able to lead health and safety improvement in the workplace. You will learn the legal, technical and scientific knowledge you need to recognise, assess, and problem solve risks. You will understand health and safety in high-risk industries including agriculture, construction, and manufacturing, and will be able to develop an organisation's safety policy, accident reporting, policy and ethics, and legislation. You'll also improve your negotiation, advocacy, management, leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

  • Modules

    • Environmental Assessment and Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module seeks to provide knowledge/insight of environmental pollution prevention, focusing on skills development using common pollutants.

    • Factors Affecting Risk and Strategic Risk Intervention (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management as it is applied at a strategic level from a multi-disciplinary, science-led perspective and explore frameworks that can be used to relate the functions of risk management and the actors that perform them in order to enable participants to better understand the process of decision making and the factors which influence it.

    • Health and Safety Within High Risk Industries (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to enhance the skills of inspection, testing and evaluation in respect of the physical and traumatic dangers presented by the nature/use of premises, plant, equipment and commonly occurring high risk processes, together with the skills to promote remedial and proactive risk management improvement strategies in high risk environments.

    • Occupational Hygiene and Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to thoroughly appraise and evaluate the legal, theoretical and practical aspects of anticipating, recognising, evaluating, controlling and managing the risk presented by a range of workplace hazardous agents and to integrate the concepts of healthy workplaces and health and wellbeing into occupational health and safety practice.

    • Philosophy and Leadership of Occupational Safety and Health Improvement (45 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to take an organisational and strategic view of management, leadership, partnership and policy for occupational health and safety together with key legal principles on which safety law is based. It will also explore differing approaches to safety management and the internal and external organisational drivers. Students will acquire skills in risk assessment and risk management as well as accident investigation and safety improvement initiative.

    • Management of Workplace Safety (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management in the context of workplace, work environment and work equipment safety including risks arising from physical and organisational aspects of the workplace in a range of contexts and settings.

    • Research Methodology and Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with the organisational and management skills to administer an MSc research project. Management skills are supported by knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, presentation skills and interactive computing skills. These skills will be applied in the completion of a practitioner based research including the developing of original and independent investigations aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to solve a practical problem at a relevant postgraduate level.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MSc/PGDip Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management be taught?

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. For your dissertation, you'll design, conduct, evaluate, and present the results of your own independent and original investigation into a topical issue in occupational health and safety. Past projects have focused on stress at work, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and regulatory practice. You also have the option to base your project abroad. You will present your findings through a written report and a presentation to your tutors and fellow students.

You can expect to spend between 450 to 500 hours on your individual research project, plus another 150 hours on the accompanying research methods module.

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How can the MSc/PGDip Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management support your career?

The need for occupational health professionals has never been greater and this 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.

You will be encouraged to take up placement opportunities during your studies as they will not only help you gain valuable industry experience but also count towards the two years of professional development you'll need to gain chartered membership of the IOSH.

A number of companies and businesses run internship schemes in partnership with Middlesex and regularly offer placements of several months or more to our students. These are often followed by a permanent appointment. The University is also part of the IOSH's work shadowing scheme, and will support you in contacting employers who can help you gain experience.

Other courses

Environmental Health MSc

Start: October 2019, EU/INT induction: September 2019

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGB919

Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc

Start: October 2019, EU/INT induction: September 2019

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGD110

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