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Centre for Lifelong Learning Safety & risk management

Safety and Risk Management Postgraduate Programme

The University of Strathclyde offer a growing portfolio of qualifications and professional development related to Safety & Risk Management.

Our postgraduate programme has been running for over 15 years and has supported professionals from a range of industries across the world to develop their careers. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health for Graduate membership. The postgraduate programme culminates with the award of MSc Safety & Risk Management but we offer flexible entry and exit points.

If you hold a NEBOSH certificate (or equivalent), you could enter at the postgraduate certificate. Successful completion of the postgraduate certificate enables you to gain graduate membership with the Institution of Occupation Safety & Health (GradIOSH). You can graduate with your postgraduate certificate or continue to the postgraduate diploma.

If you are already a graduate member of IOSH, you could enter our programme at the postgraduate diploma. Similarly, if you are not GradIOSH but hold a qualification that would allow such membership (e.g. NEBOSH Diploma, NVQ Level 5, NCRQ Level6) you could enter at the postgraduate diploma. Satisfactory completion of the postgraduate diploma would allow you to progress to the MSc which is achieved by dissertation.

The postgraduate certificate, diploma and MSc each take one academic year to complete; starting in October and completing in June.

We have a dedicated team of professionals committed to providing a comprehensive approach to health and safety education and training. Our team includes consultants, practitioners and academics who bring together a range of areas of expertise applicable to a wide variety of working environments.

Part-time online study enables those with work and personal commitments to participate in their own time, from any location.

Few individuals enter health and safety roles directly from school, college or university. Typically, a health and safety practitioner will have gained work experience in some alternative capacity prior to focusing on this particular field as a professional career option. This experience is clearly invaluable, but professional competence can only be fully demonstrated by the acquisition of a formal qualification which underpins professional practice. Increasingly such qualifications are required for career progression.

To find out more about fees, course content and how to apply, please visit our postgraduate application page.  or contact us. 

Scholarship Opportunity

We are also pleased to be able to offer previous students of the Postgraduate Certificate a scholarship of £500 to return to study in October 2018 on the Postgraduate Diploma. The scholarship is available for October 2018 entry only and is to encourage onward study to Postgraduate Diploma and MSc. Please contact us for further information. 

AUPRO / University of Strathclyde Certificate of Professional Development in Radiation Protection

This course was originally developed in 2002 by the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO), with input from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and RPA 2000. Since 2002 the course has been continually updated by its team of experienced, accredited RPAs.

The next course is scheduled for 17 September 2018. 

This course assists people seeking a career as a radiation protection professional to demonstrate the required core of knowledge and core competencies in accordance with Annex 3 of the HSE Statement on RPAs (or the Environment Agencies RWA syllabus).

This course does not make people radiation protection professionals, rather it assesses and demonstrates core competencies that will assist people going on to seek accreditation as an RPA (or an RWA) from an awarding body such as RPA 2000.

For further information, please get in touch. 


Direct Entry MSc

Do you already hold a postgraduate diploma (or equivalent) in a safety related discipline? If so, our new entry point might be of interest to you.

Our flexible MSc programme currently offers entry at postgraduate certificate level or postgraduate diploma level dependent upon your qualifications. At present, to complete your MSc with us, you must first complete our postgraduate diploma. However, we recognise that there are some people who already hold a postgraduate diploma (or equivalent), and would like to complete their MSc without completing another postgraduate diploma. We are therefore hoping to launch a direct entry to MSc to meet the needs of those people.

Students entering on the direct entry programme will be able to complete their MSc in 16 months instead of two year and be awarded recognition for their prior learning.

If you are interested in this new entry point and would like to receive more information, please contact:

Callum MacDonald, Course Director – or

Jane Mackenzie/Jennifer Campbell, Course Administrators –


IOSH Managing Safely

The University of Strathclyde are now licensed to provide the hugely popular and valuable Managing Safely course. Held over three days, the course is designed for managers or supervisors in any sector and any organisation worldwide. The course will provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and practical actions to help manage the health and safety issues they are responsible for. The course covers:

  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Understanding responsibilities
  • Understanding hazards
  • Investigating incidents
  • Measuring performance

At Strathclyde, Managing Safely is delivered by highly experienced Chartered safety and health practitioners who are able to provide candidates with practical examples.

...the trainer had lots of experience and examples to assist in explaining course sections, which is very good. Sometimes trainers are more theory based and lack practical experience. Robert had both.

For further information on Managing Safely, please use the link on the right.

Our upcoming dates are:

Monday 27 August, 3 September and 10 September 2018

Monday 19 November, 26 November and 3 December 2018

Monday 18 February, 25 February and 4 March 2019

Monday 3 June, 10 June and 17 June 2019

To book onto a course, please get in touch.