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Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management MSc/PGDip

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Code
PGB92A
Start
October 2019
September 2019 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,100 (UK/EU) *
£13,900 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Alan Page

The International Labour Organisation estimate there are over a million work related deaths each year with over 100 million workers affected by accidents or through ill health. Companies are increasingly recognising that the protection of employees is of financial benefit and this degree programme utilises a range of approaches including process safety, behaviour based, management systems and adaptive systems to develop appropriate safety culture. In addition, you will gain the practical skills in environmental assessment that many employers align with health and safety functions.

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 may have the opportunity to 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.

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

All course tutors are practising consultants and have strong links with professional bodies, 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?

Through this course, you will understand the importance of the dynamic nature of the organisational culture, and role dynamic and adaptive role of management and leadership strategies to enhance safety performance. The critical importance of good risk communication will be demonstrated, as based upon strategic risk decision making, hazard analysis, risk assessment, risk modelling, and determined risk acceptability.

You will gain practical understanding of workplace, work-equipment, chemical, physical and biological hazards and their potential to act synergistically to impact detrimentally on safety and health. You will explore the core components of environmental management systems and their role in pollution prevention, together with the role of legislation and environmental regulators. The risk arising from common commercial and industrial processes and the application of Best Available Technology (BAT) in the context of industrial environmental management and control will also be covered.

What will you gain?

This course will prepare you for a career in occupational safety and health through the development of knowledge, understanding and the application of practical and professional skills necessary for future practice. You will develop an informed, critical and imaginative attitude towards professional practice.

You will be able to problem-solve at both an individual level and within a complex range of problems, and prioritise a range of options and select appropriate communication formats to convey solutions.

You will have the knowledge to select, apply and evaluate, autonomously, a range of inspection and investigation techniques. Using this collected evidence, you will be confident to make decisions, recommendations and articulate solutions on a proposed course of action in relation to OHSE problems in often complex situations and environments.

You will have the ability to operate successfully in a culturally diverse and globally oriented society. Finally, you will exhibit applied competence in the use of management techniques in the assessment, evaluation and solution giving to commercial environmental aspects of environmental performance improvement.

  • 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. You will explore the frameworks that can be used to relate the functions of risk management 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 your skills of inspection, testing and evaluation in respect to the physical and traumatic dangers presented by the nature/use of premises, plant, equipment and commonly occurring high risk processes. You will also gain the skills to promote remedial and proactive risk management improvement strategies in high risk environments.

    • Occupational Hygiene and Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow you to thoroughly appraise and evaluate the legal, theoretical and practical aspects of anticipating, recognising, evaluating, controlling and managing the risks presented by a range of workplace hazardous agents. You will learn 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

      This module takes 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. You will explore differing approaches to safety management and the internal and external organisational drivers. You will also acquire skills in risk assessment and management as well as accident investigation and safety improvement initiative.

    • Management of Workplace Safety (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management in the context of workplace, work environment and work equipment safety. This includes 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 you with the organisational and management skills to administer an MSc research project. Your management skills will be supported by previous knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, presentation skills and interactive computing skills. In order to gain the award title in Occupational Safety Health and Environmental Management, your project must focus on a topic related to environmental management within the context of occupational health and safety.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

Assessment

This programme uses a wide variety of assessment including creating leaflets, personal reflection, essays, management reports in line with industry expectations, and the independent project. You will have one exam.

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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 employment opportunities during your studies so you are able to view job roles through the occupational health an safety perspective. We will build on your experiences to embed wider understanding of safety practice. Your tutors, MDXworks and health and safety recruitment consultants will provide training to enhance your employability. The team also work closely with the professional body to link research projects to real world work. Placements and internships are regularly posted on our virtual learning site.

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. Previous graduates have found work in the following sectors:

  • Transport for London
  • Ferrovial, St Georges,
  • NHS trusts
  • Local Authorities
  • Government agencies
  • Universities
  • Human Factors
  • Facilities management
  • Consultancies

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