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MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Management

Learn about the course below
September 2024
1 year full-time
2 year part-time
£10,500 (UK) *
£16,800 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr David Thomas

The International Labour Organisation estimate there are 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 health and safety culture.

A rewarding and ever-developing field, this course will allow you to enable people's welfare and wellbeing at work. From helping to prevent work-related illness and stress to understanding how motivation can impact on health, the course is varied and constantly developing. You'll not only improve the quality of people's lives, but 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 Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Middlesex University?

This course has an emphasis on developing professional skills and is delivered by a mix of academics with a practice background and practitioners working in industry. The University's strong links within the industry and professional bodies mean that this long standing course is highly regarded well respected internationally.

For those of you with appropriate experience the programme will help generate greater understanding of your subject and becoming a competent practitioner who is able to influence health, safety and environmental improvement in the workplace. For those new to OH&S and working in organisations it prepares you for appropriate entry level roles.

You will develop appropriate legal and technical knowledge to enable you to lead and contribute workplace risk management processes. Your learning is designed to be fused with your existing experience in industries and will enable you to develop an organisation's health and safety and wellbeing policies, instigate workplace interventions 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.

Course highlights

  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, which means you can become a certified 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 have access to specialist monitoring and other equipment
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for most modules

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What will you study on the MSc Occupational Health and Safety and Wellbeing 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 as well as how the discipline relates with Human Resource Management. You will explore the risks arising from “unhealthy” workplaces and the application of tools to measure, evaluate and control such risks. You will also gain an understanding of the inter-relationship between active communication and consultation, active listening, positive culture and leadership in the creation of healthy workplaces.

What will you gain?

This course will support those of you already with OH&S roles and for those new to the world of OSH 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 Safety, Health and Wellbeing  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 a rang f tools to measure and evaluate wellbeing at work and in the application of solutions to various workplace stressors.


  • Modules - Compulsory

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

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

    • Factors Affecting Risk and Strategic Risk Intervention (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. 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.

    • Occupational Hygiene and Health (15 credits)

      This module will 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. You will then integrate the concepts of healthy workplaces, and health and wellbeing into occupational health and safety practice.

    • Management of Workplace Safety (15 credits)

      This module provides an overview of the theory and application of risk management in the context of workplace, work environment and work equipment safety. It will cover the risks arising from physical and organisational aspects of the workplace in a range of contexts and settings.

    • Applied Health and Safety Technology (15 credits)

      This module aims to enhance your skills of inspection, testing and evaluation of 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.

    • Research Methods and Project (60 credits)

      This module will give you the organisational and research management skills required to formulate research questions, design and implement an MSc project. Where appropriate, you will undertake fieldwork to generate quantitative and/or qualitative data, whilst other projects will utilise existing datasets collected from existing studies. Research skills are supported by knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques and communication approaches. These skills will be applied in the design and completion of practitioner-based research including the development of original and independent investigations. These aim to integrate theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to investigate a programme-relevant issue at the required postgraduate level.

  • Modules - Optional

    • Management of Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)

      This module provides knowledge and insight into the assessment and intervention in workplace wellbeing and wider implications in societal wellbeing. You will focus on the interface between work and external stressors,  and practitioner mechanisms to reduce absenteeism, presenteeism, and excessive costs, as well as mechanisms to promote wellbeing through and at work

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

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.

We regularly review and update our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we have learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

How will the MSc Occupational Health and Safety and Wellbeing Management be delivered?

As a master's level award, delivered full time or part time emphasis is on student directed study; with teacher led teaching approximately 15% of the 1800 hours of study required. For those choosing the part-time programme this is an ideal programme when fused with professional practice.

You will undertake learning activities on campus where available and through virtual case studies, lectures, workshops, and seminars. The university does not provide placements or work experience for this course.

You will 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 will learn about equipment, including occupational hygiene and noise monitoring equipment. You will understand how to develop strategies for the management of health and safety in workplaces fusing theory with your knowledge and experience of workplaces.

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. Unihub also has interactive exercises, links to external sources of information and podcasts, and a message board for discussions.


The programme uses a wide variety of assessments including personal reflection, essays, management reports in line with industry expectations. The programme concludes with your independent (workplace) project that contributes and determines half of your final mark

Teaching and learning from 2022/23

We have developed original approaches to teaching and learning for the 2022/23 academic year.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2023/24 entry and beyond. We have learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We will use technology to enhance your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2023 entry as our plans evolve. You will receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2022/23 of student led learning (over Terms 1 and 2)

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

10 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

1 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

Being a student led programme, outside of these hours, you will be expected to do independent study where you read, listen, and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you will typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We will schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online
  • Tutor set learning activities – These covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory, or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you will also be expected to do further independent study where you will be expected to learn, prepare, revise, and reflect in your own time.


You 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 are available online and on campus, and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you are studying at home or coming to campus.

You 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.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Occupational Health and Safety and Wellbeing Management support your career?

The need for occupational health, safety and wellbeing professionals has never been greater. This course will equip you for a wide range of roles in areas such as occupational health, occupational hygiene, 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. Note this is not a clinical  Occupational Health qualification – for details of these, please find out more on Health At Work.

You will be encouraged to seek and take up employment opportunities during your studies to view job roles from the occupational health and safety perspective. We will build on your experiences to embed a more comprehensive understanding of safety practice. Your tutors, MDXworks and health and safety recruitment consultants will provide support to enhance your employability. The team also work closely with the professional body to link research to real-world work. When available, students have the opportunity to apply for placements and internships that are posted on our virtual learning site.

This course can open the doors to a wide range of careers with OSHW professionals in demand in many developing parts of the world. You could work in a company as a health, safety and environment advisor, or within a specialist consultancy, or as a self-employed practitioner should you have previous professional experience. 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

Hasan Erdogan

Hasan has been a regulator specialising in occupational health and safety; a consultant operating his own business providing advice to a range of business sectors, settings and contexts and continues to provide advice at a senior level on the implementation of safety improvement plans.

Ruth Plume
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health

Ruth is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Her main research interest is investigating innovative practice in delivering environmental health regulatory services. Ruth’s teaching specialises in the professional development of environmental health students and leadership in environmental health.

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.

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