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Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Management MSc/PGDip

Learn about the course below
January 2021
October 2021
1 year full-time
2 year part-time
£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 for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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.

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/PGDip Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing 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 and wellbeing 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 wellbeing policy, respond to accident and ill health reporting, 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 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. 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 health workplaces.

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 a rang f tools to measure and evaluate wellbeing at work and in the application of solutions to various workplace stressors.

  • Modules

    • Philosophy and Leadership of Occupational Health and Safety 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 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) - 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.

    • Occupational Hygiene and Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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) - Compulsory

      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.

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

      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.

    • Management of Health and Wellbeing (15 credits) - Optional

      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

    • Research Methodology and Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module with provide you with the organisational and management skills to administer an MSc research project. Your management skills are supported by your 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 Wellbeing Management, your project must focus on a topic related to wellbeing management within the context of occupational health and safety.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. 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 Wellbeing 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.


The programme uses a wide variety of assessment including creating leaflet, personal reflection, essays, management reports in line with industry expectations, independent project. There is one exam.

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How can the MSc/PGDip Occupational Health and Safety and Wellbeing 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, 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

Dr Alan Page
Associate Professor: Environmental and Occupational Health

Dr Page is a former safety regulator with a long history of research for professional bodies and government agencies. His current research focuses on the role of regulation, the use of the workplace as a learning medium, and professional practice. Alan is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Environmental Health.

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.

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