MSc/PgDip/PgCert Safety & Risk Management

September 2020 entry still available

Key facts

  • Start date: October/March
  • Accreditation:  Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Application deadline: August
  • Study mode and duration: Part-time distance learning –
    PgCert:/ MSc Year 1: 9 months
    PgDip/ MSc Year 2: 9 months
    MSc/MSc Year 3: 9 months
    MSc by direct entry: 16 months

Study with us

  • study from anywhere by distance learning
  • accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) for Graduate Membership
  • open to those without a first degree
  • gain practical knowledge of direct use in the workplace via practioner-led support
  • CPD courses available including IOSH Managing Safely and Radiation Protection


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Why this course?

This part-time distance learning programme develops highly effective occupational safety and health practitioners who are can operate 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, the 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 accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as satisfying the academic requirements for Graduate Membership (GradIOSH). Following successful completion of the Certificate, there is an opportunity to progress to higher-level study and Chartered Membership (CMIOSH).

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. Studying by 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.

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What you'll study

At the Certificate and Diploma, you can expect to spend a minimum of 15 hours each week on various activities associated with the course. This may vary, depending on individuals' previous knowledge and experience, along with different learning styles.

Postgraduate Certificate

You’ll complete three compulsory classes, each based on around 200 hours of study over approximately 12 weeks.

Postgraduate Diploma

For the Diploma award, you are required to complete four compulsory classes, in addition to the credits gained through the Certificate stage. Each class is based on around 100 to 200 hours of study, over 8 to 12 weeks.


Following successful completion of the Certificate and Diploma stages, you'll undertake a research project which is based on around 600 hours of study time over a maximum of 40 weeks. It begins in October and you'll make your final submission in June of the following year. You’re required to plan, implement and evaluate a major piece of research and development work. This involves an investigative and developmental project of professional relevance which is assessed on a report of 12,000 words.

Masters (by direct entry)

Students with appropriate prior experience and qualifications may be admitted by direct entry to the MSc. This is a 90-credit version of the course, based on completion of the 60-credit dissertation and 30 credits from two PgDip classes.

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered entirely by distance learning via the University's virtual learning environment, Myplace. Each stage of the programme is available with tutor support, providing you with an appropriate level of guidance, assessment and feedback.


Assessment is based on continuous assessment of written assignment; there are no exams.

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Course content

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.

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.

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.

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"Working within safety and risk management allows you to see how all areas of a business operate. A successful safety professional needs to work closely with people and assist the business in being able to look after the health and safety of those it might have an impact on, both in the short and long term."
Callum MacDonald
Programme leader
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

PgCert: Foundation-level certificate in occupational health and safety and a university degree (or equivalent preparation for postgraduate study). Relevant work experience will also be taken into account.

PgDip: Successful completion of the University of Strathclyde Certificate in Safety and Risk Management. Applicants who have gained other qualifications and experience equivalent to GradIOSH may be accepted on to the Diploma, subject to certain conditions.

MSc: Direct entry to the MSc is available to students who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in a safety-related discipline.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Tuition fees

MSc (Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate: £4,300*

MSc (Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma): £4,300*

MSc (Year 3): £3,250*

MSc (by direct entry, 90 credit version): £5,400 (full course fee)

*Students entering in 2020/21

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Home/Rest of UK Student Scholarship 2020/21

We are pleased to offer previous and existing students of the Safety and Risk Management Programme a scholarship for study in 2020/21.

Students enrolling on the postgraduate diploma (year 2) are eligible for £300 and students enrolling on the MSc (year 3) are eligible for £250. This scholarship is available for October 2020/March 20201 entry only and is to encourage continued study to achieve the MSc award.

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Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

What our students think

MSc Safety & Risk Management graduate, Cedric Auge

Cedric Auge

I cannot recommend this course more highly if you are fully intent on pursuing a career in this area. It will be a lot of work, but if committed, you will find the support you need to succeed in your education and certainly thereafter professionally.
Find out why Cedric chose Strathclyde
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Now open for applications to PG Diploma/MSc Year 2 only: starts March 2020

Students can then progress to the final MSc year where they will complete a dissertation between March 2021 and January 2022.

Safety and Risk Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Oct 2020
Mode of Attendance: part-time

Safety and Risk Management - PGDip - March

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Mar 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

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Contact us

Postgraduate Enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600