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Occupational Safety, Health and Well-Being 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 Safety, Health and Well-Being 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.

What will you study on the MSc/PGDip Occupational Safety, Health and Well-Being Management 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)

      This module aims to provide knowledge and critical insight into environmental practices of pollution prevention. A particular focus on relevant environmental practitioner requirements in industry is provided. It focuses upon common commercial pollutants and the systems that govern their control and management in the workplace also considering the policy and legal basis. Practitioner management techniques and methods are provided with the objective of developing competence in assessing and managing workplace environmental aspects to improve legal compliance and environmental performance.

    • Factors Shaping Health and Safety at Work (15 credits)

      This module provides students with an understanding of the factors that shape occupational health and safety at work. By evaluating these factors - legal, policy, human and organisational – students will be able to determine the legal and theoretical basis to the current approaches to occupational health and how change is caused by external influencing factors.

    • Fundamentals of Strategic Risk Management (15 credits)

      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. Where students are taking this module as part of programmes other than risk management, specific issues relating to their specific discipline will be addressed through programme specific components. For risk management students the module complements the other core modules which further evaluate economic, psychological, social, communicative and cultural factors which affect choice and the implications this has for decision making.

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

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

    • Managing Health and Safety Processes at Work (15 credits)

      This module teaches students to thoroughly appraise and evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of identifying, managing and controlling occupational health and safety risks.

    • Occupational Hygiene and Health (15 credits)

      This module enables students to appraise and evaluate the legal, theoretical and practical aspects of identifying, controlling and managing the risk presented by a range of workplace hazardous agents and to integrate the concepts of healthy workplaces and health and well being into occupational health and safety practice.

    • Occupational Psychology and Ergonomics (15 credits)

      This module will enable students to examine and evaluate core principles and concepts of organisational psychology and ergonomics as it relates to workplace culture, behaviour and design. The module objective is to provide students with the knowledge and comprehension of underlying organisational and human factors that impact on good safety performance in the context of hazard management.

    • Occupational Safety and Health Management and Law (15 credits)

      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. By analysing and evaluating these legal, policy and managerial approaches, students will be able to determine the basis to the current approaches to occupational health and place it within a political, environmental, social and economic context.

    • Research Methodology and Dissertation (60 credits)

      This module will cover experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and management, presentation and computing skills. Students will learn to evaluate different research techniques, and search for and review relevant literature.

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 Safety, Health and Well-Being 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 Safety, Health and Well-Being 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

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

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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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