Building on your previous qualifications (such as a NEBOSH Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education) or experience, our occupational safety course mixes theory with practice to give you the additional knowledge, skills and practical experience to progress in your career.
You’ll graduate with the specialist skillset to competently carry out risk appraisals for safety, hygiene, health and environmental issues, and gain the confidence to implement solutions that will create positive workplace cultures.
Our course has excellent graduate employment rates (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey), with many of our graduates pursuing international careers in areas including health, transport, education and government agencies.
You’ll pay regular visits to our industry partners to build your practical experience, develop your communication skills, enhance your problem-solving ability, and learn how to confidently carry out risk appraisals.
We’ve got a reputation for excellence and work closely with our network of employers to make sure our course meets the current needs of the industry.
You’ll have access to specialist resources – including top-of-the-range equipment and labs for HSE monitoring and assessment – throughout your studies.
While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.
Our course is equivalent to the final year of a degree (see the Entry Requirements tab for more information) and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
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As well as a depth of knowledge and understanding surrounding the subject, you will also gain competence in risk assessment and in communicating suitable solutions. You will have industry and employability specific skills and will have developed a holistic, multi-disciplinary understanding of the scientific, legislative, policy, technical and managerial skills on which to base professional competence in relation to occupational safety, health and environment.
This module aims to explore the interface of internal/external organisational drivers, leadership, law and organisational responses to the management of occupational health and safety. You will acquire skills in risk assessment and risk management as well as accident investigation and safety improvement initiatives and will explore differing approaches to safety management and impacts on safety culture, safety climate and safety behaviours.
This module provides you with the skills and knowledge that will underpin your future studies in occupational health, safety and environmental sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on chemistry for occupational hygiene and health using examples from practice to ground academic knowledge to field based experience. In addition to underpin the skills in toxicological appraisal the module will provide an overview of the way in which biological, physical and chemical agents can affect human anatomical and physiological systems.
This module aims to thoroughly 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 recognise the role of human/work equipment and work place setting in health and safety.
This module aims to synthesise learning from your undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and will manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
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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 are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.
A key element of the programme is the immersive teaching process using both on campus and online teaching, virtual inspections, audits and risk assessments so as to develop your competency as a safety practitioner across occupational health, hygiene, safety and environmental management. You will also engage with on-line lectures, workshops and seminars, where you will discuss ideas and develop your understanding, and work on case studies involving virtual workplace problems, laboratory tasks and group tasks. Learning is seen as collegiate with a strong cohort feel developed so that you can learning with and from your peers, as well as your tutors. The mix of delivery modes will be varied and suitable to the content being delivered.
You will further your knowledge through your own independent study, including online study and exercises, and will have the opportunity to use professional online databases such as the Barbour index and HSE campaign sites. You will also undertake an independent piece of research to further your understanding of health and safety and to improve future safety practice.
Middlesex is committed to equipping and accommodating learners fully online where they cannot reach campus, and where a second lockdown is in place. In such event, the fully online scenario will be in place to provide and support students’ learning.
You will be assessed through a variety of means, including your dissertation, and coursework including case study assessments, essays, inspections, audit reports and management reports. In addition, you will develop safety leaflets, including peer appraisal and develop reflective practice.
We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, and have resumed the majority of our teaching on campus.
We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.
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’ll use technology to enhance all of 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 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.
Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22
Live in-person on campus learning
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Live online learning
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Outside of these hours, you’ll 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’ll 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.
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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 will be delivered online and on campus and you 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 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.
Caroline De Sousa
BSc Occupational, Health & Environment (top-up) student
I’ve always been interested in risk assessment, so when I found this course it just instantly appealed to me. Before this, I was an Executive Assistant in Canary Wharf and I was beginning to crave something more academic.
The course leader has been amazing; constantly encouraging, supportive, and providing constructive criticism. Receiving positive feedback on assignments, when I had no prior knowledge of the area, feels so rewarding and has given me the confidence to go onwards.
The course content combined with the inspirational lecturers has genuinely changed my perspective on both my own life and what is possible for my career. It has made a dream into a reality for me; I’m now really excited to get into the industry. After the course finishes, I’ll be doing a 12 week summer placement at the engineering company, Ferrovial, and eventually I would like to become a Health and Safety manager.
BSc Occupational, Health & Environment (top-up) student
I already had a fair bit of experience within the health and safety sector - I was in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for 15 years - so this course was perfect for me as I didn’t want to enter at a very basic level. I met two lecturers at an external event and they were both so engaging and enthusiastic that I was instantly keen to visit the university. When I did, it had a great feel and came across as an innovative place full of people who are keen to develop and constantly evolve.
Lecturing has been fantastic; the course leader is in touch with reality and understands the relevant industries so well. He has both the practical and theoretical knowledge that you need to gain a holistic insight.
The support services here are amazing. As someone who suffers with a long-term mental health issue, I found the support at Sunnyhill house incredible and I also received mentoring and tutoring support which I would recommend. Middlesex University is very good at providing these services, but I’m not sure how many students know of their existence, so I’d encourage everyone to make use of them.
If you are considering this course I’d say it’s really a no brainer. It’s a great programme, and Middlesex is a great university to attend and learn from. If you’re unsure, come and see for yourself at an open day.
Once I’ve finished this course I’m off to Toronto for an exciting new chapter, but I will always have fond memories of my time here.
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.
Mo is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and has been a regulator, safety consultant and head of health and safety. He continues to practice and consult offering Senior Executive training and implementation of safety improvement plans.
Hasan is an Environmental Health Practitioner with extensive experience working as 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.
David is a both a Chartered Mining Engineer, a Chartered Health and Safety Professional, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was formerly the Academic Portfolio Lead for Health and Safety programmes at the University of Greenwich and joined Middlesex University in 2020 with specific interests in the Waste Industry, Quarries, Public Sector Infrastructure, ill health caused by work and organisational resilience encompassing business continuity. After completing his BSc, he had a variety of posts at Imerys Minerals including statutory appointments under the Mines and Quarries Legislation with 15 years of management experience. After obtaining his MSc in Safety Management from Bournemouth University, he worked for a number of local authorities. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Local Authority Waste Management Occupational Health and Safety, (LAWS) Forum from 2004 to 2016, comprising Waste Managers and H&S Practitioners from each of the English Regions and with ties to authorities throughout the UK. He has contributed to Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) guidance being actively involved in Culture and Competence – having developed and delivered training in Supervision and Monitoring to local authorities .In 2010 David embarked on a period of study with Glasgow Caledonian University, looking at issues around musculoskeletal and back problems associated with domestic waste collection, specifically within local authority contact, completing his PhD in 2015 and has subsequently published in these areas. He currently chairs the IOSH Environmental and Waste Management Committee.
Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental (Top-up) BSc academic
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.