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Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management MSc/PGDip

Learn about the course below
Code
PGB92A
Start
January 2021
October 2021
September 2021 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Ruth Plume

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below.

This course will now start in January 2021 as we've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support to do your best with this later start date.

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry will be 2021.

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

  • Modules - changes for students in 2020

    • 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 Methods and Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Details to follow.

  • Modules - typical course content

    • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

If you’re interested in January 2021 courses, we will provide more information on plans for teaching and learning in the coming months.

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

You undertake risk assessments on campus where available (in light of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak) and through virtual case studies, as well as engaging with online 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 about equipment, including occupational hygiene and noise monitoring equipment, and understand how to 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.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need.

We’re planning around different scenarios so that if you’re unable to make it to campus at first or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online. While social distancing is still in place, we are aiming to deliver small group sessions on campus, with larger lectures delivered online and available to you on-demand.

Read more about our plans for teaching and your learning experience.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

7.4 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

39.7 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

2.9 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

5.8 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

39.7 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

2.5 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per level:

5 days on campus for classroom activities and subject-based learning

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Read more about our plans for the support which will be available to you.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

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


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

Other courses

Environmental Health MSc

Start: January 2021, October 2021, September 2021 (EU/INT induction)

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

Code: PGB919

Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc

Start: October 2020, EU/INT induction: September 2020

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

Code: PGD110

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