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MSc/PgDip/PgCertSafety & Risk Management

Why this course?

This part-time postgraduate study programme in safety and risk management is designed to provide a means of developing highly effective occupational safety and health practitioners that are capable of operating across the full spectrum of working environments.

Written and supported by a dedicated team of part-time tutors/practitioners engaged in health and safety practice, this course offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and expertise in a highly practical context.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Safety & Risk Management has been formally accepted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as satisfying the academic requirements for Graduate Membership (GradIOSH). Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, there is an opportunity to progress to higher level study and Chartered Membership (CMIOSH).

This course is available by distance learning only. If you have full-time work commitments, part-time distance learning study enables you to participate in your own time from any location and achieve a valuable qualification of benefit to both you and your organisation.

Flexible entry and exit points allow you to start and finish at appropriate points along the progression route, according to your current qualifications, relevant work experience and requirements.

You’ll study

Postgraduate Certificate

You’ll complete three compulsory modules:

  • Benchmarking Safety & Risk Management
  • Assessing Hazards, Risks & Dangers
  • Optimising Safety & Risk Management Activities

Postgraduate Diploma

You’ll complete four compulsory modules:

  • Methods of Professional Enquiry
  • Psychology of Workplace Activities
  • Ergonomic Factors in Work Activities
  • Corporate Risk Management

Masters

You’ll study one compulsory module. You’re required to plan, implement and evaluate a major piece of research and development work. It involves an investigative and developmental project of professional relevance which is assessed on a report of 12,000 words.

Student competitions

There's the annual IOSH Student Research Poster Competition for students on BSc or MSc degree courses (in occupational safety and health or a cognate subject). Students are entered into the competition by their course tutor.

Finalists have the opportunity to showcase their research at the IOSH Conference and Safety & Health Expo in London, and also receive a cash prize.  A number of our MSc graduates have been winners and runners-up. 

 

Course content

MSc

This Masters is worth 60 credits.

It's based on roughly 600 hours of study time over a maximum of 40 weeks.

It will begin in October each year and final submission is in June of the following year.

Compulsory classes

Research Project

This class requires you to plan, implement and evaluate a major piece of research and development work which involves carrying out an investigative and developmental project of professional relevance. 

The project will be assessed on the basis of a report of 12,000 words.

Postgraduate Diploma

This Postgraduate Diploma is worth 60 credits.

Each class is based on around 100-200 hours of study, over 8-12 weeks.

You can expect to spend a minimum of 15 hours each week on various activities associated with the course. This may vary from student to student, depending on previour knowledge and experience along with individual learning styles.

Compulsory classes

Corporate Risk Management

A primary task of managing any organisation is to ensure that risks to the health and safety of employees and other persons who may be adversely affected by their organisation’s acts, omissions or managerial decisions are being adequately identified and managed. In a similar way, the risks that can adversely affect the wellbeing of the organisation must be identified, evaluated and controlled.

This class will develop your ability to identify corporate risks, evaluate and quantify the level of risk and advise management on appropriate action which will bring such risks within the tolerability of the organisation’s resources and ability to cope.

Psychology of Workplace Activities

Many accidents associated with work can be attributed to human behaviour.

´╗┐This class will assist those who direct and manage work activities to understand the individual and collective powers of the human mind and how these powers can be stimulated to achieve cost-effective benefits within the context of work activities.

Ergonomic Factors in Work Activities

In this class you'll look at ergonomic design for everyone. You'll also look specifically at ergonomic design for people who have additional support needs.

Upon completing this class, you'll be equipped to take their acquired knowledge and skills into a wide range of work activities to enhance ergonomic factors.

Methods of Professional Enquiry

Entry to the Masters phase of the Safety and Risk Management Programme requires you to demonstrate that you've acquired an understanding of a range of research methods and ways in which they can be deployed.

This class must be taken by all students registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Management, whether or not you wish to proceed to Masters level immediately following the Diploma or sometime in the future.

Postgraduate Certificate

This Postgraduate Certificate is worth 60 credits.

Each class is based on around 200 hours of study over approximately 12 weeks.

You can expect to spend a minimum of 15 hours each week on various activities associated with the course. This may vary from student to student, depending on previour knowledge and experience along with individual learning styles.

Compulsory classes

Benchmarking Safety & Risk Management

This class provides a context for safety and risk management practice in a wide variety of workplace environments. The standpoint adopted is one of developing the ability to benchmark safety and risk management within the overall management structure of the organisation.

You'll progress from this class with a common level of knowledge and understanding of key concepts and practice in safety and risk management, including health and safety legislation, safety policy and culture, risk assessment and human factors.

Assessing Hazards, Risks & Dangers

This class equips you to carry out a detailed assessment of the hazards, risks and dangers present in a range of workplace environments. The emphasis is on the interplay of work environment, people and work systems from which risks arise.

Based on a factual and practical account of typical risks in typical scenarios, you're encouraged to reflect on and generalise from these situations so that you can transfer your improved understanding to any workplace situation.

Optimising Safety & Risk Management Activities

Safety and risk management should be fully integrated into the organisation and the safety culture of the organisation developed accordingly.

This class focuses on developing a range of skills which will positively influence management and employees at all levels to achieve this strategic objective.

Within this class, data analysis and presentation techniques, loss control methods, effective networking and problem solving skills will be developed.

Learning & teaching

This course is by distance learning only, delivered online via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace. Each stage of the programme is available with tutor support, providing students with an appropriate level of guidance, assessment and feedback.

Assessment

Assessment is based on continuous assessment of written assignment - there are no examinations.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for people who already have a suitable combination of academic ability, subject knowledge and work experience in the general area of occupational health and safety.

Admission to the programme is determined by both academic and work experience criteria to reflect the non-traditional routes into the health and safety profession.

Applicants holding a recognised University degree and a level 3 Health and Safety Qualification (NEBOSH Certificate or equivalent) will be eligible to join the Safety and Risk Management Programme at Postgraduate Certificate level.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above will be assessed for admission on the basis of their portfolio of courses undertaken and relevant work experience.

Those seeking admission with advanced standing may include prior learning in recognised courses or work-based experience as entry criteria. Further information is available on request.

Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma will normally follow successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate. Students who have gained equivalent academic qualifications at Postgraduate Certificate level may be accepted onto the course.

Direct entry to the MSc is not available. Students must first complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Safety & Risk Management before being allowed to continue on to the MSc.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

MSc

£2,800

PgDip

£3,200

PgCert

£3,200

Rest of UK

MSc

£2,800

PgDip

£3,200

PgCert

£3,200

International

MSc

£5,500

PgDip

£5,500

PgCert

£5,500

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Careers

Where are they now?

100% of our MSc graduates are in work or further study**

Job titles include:

  • Assistant Director of HR (Health & Safety)
  • Clinical Risk Coordinator
  • District Commander
  • Head of HSE
  • Health and Safety Advisor
  • HSEQ Manager

Employers include:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Compass Group
  • Malone Engineering
  • NHS
  • ENSCO Plc
  • Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Apply

Applications will be accepted until early August. Early application is advised as numbers are limited on these courses. Applications will be considered beyond August only if there are still places available.

Safety and Risk Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Oct 2015, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Safety and Risk Management

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Oct 2015, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Safety and Risk Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Oct 2015, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Safety and Risk Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Oct 2016, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

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