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Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing


School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Environment Work, Health and Organisations

Start Dates(s): September; January


MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)


Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,380

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Improve your career prospects in health, safety and well-being
  • Lectures from specialist speakers employed in the sector
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This internationally recognised course has been designed to meet the educational needs created by the ever-increasing challenges facing occupational health and safety practitioners.

The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century, and address the risks of disease injury, and the design and manufacture of work equipment and systems.

Course Details

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of occupational safety, health and well-being.  

The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century.  

Modules address the existing and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risks.  

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.  

This course comprises four taught core modules complemented by a research dissertation.    

For part-time students, the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May.  Year 1 involves the study of two core modules, delivered throughout the year.  Year 2 involves the study of one core module in semester one and one in semester two.

This course has both full-time and part-time routes which comprises three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively:

For the full-time study option:

  • Semester 1 - September to February

  • Semester 2 - February to June

  • Semester 3 - June to September

Semester 1

This module aims to enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to undertake appropriate analysis of research results. You will have the opportunity to use research skills acquired in the applied context of 'real world' project work in a variety of professional settings and develop the skills necessary for the successful delivery of project outcomes.
This module aims to enable you to critically appraise factors that influence the perception of, and response to, a range of risks to the environment, safety, public health and well-being and their significance in risk communication and trust. This module also assists you in the evaluation of approaches in risk management processes and application to contextual situations.
This module aims to enable you to critically appraise factors which influence the management of health and safety to promote organisational well-being and to evaluate the role of individuals, organisations, the state and other stakeholders in reducing injury and ill-health.

Semester 2

This module aims to examine in detail, social and technical influences on existing and future risks to safety, health and well-being and to develop detailed understanding of the intervention strategies which may be used to manage occupational safety and health risks to promote well-being.

Semester 3

This dissertation aims to contribute to the body of knowledge in your area by devising and conducting an independent research project and through independent, self-motivated critical thinking, to develop as a reflective practitioner.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.  Applicants must also fulfill the IOSH entry requirements, which require a basic knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International and EU students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for occupational health and safety practitioners or managers, enforcement officers and consultants who want to deepen their subject knowledge and enhance their career prospects, as well as those looking to develop a career in occupational safety, health and well-being.

Applicant profile

This course is for you if you are wishing to develop your career within the safety, health and environment field to a high level of attainment and seniority.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.


This course involves lectures, case studies, assignments and seminars. There is a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers.


Research & Professional Practice  (30 credits)

Project & Learning portfolio (100%)

Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits)

Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)

Organisational Well-Being (30 credits)

Critical evaluation (40%); Case Study (60%)

Management of Occupational Health and Safety (30 credits)

Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)

Dissertation (60 credits)

Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Carole Conroy

CMCIEH, CMIOSH, FHEA (Senior Lecturer Occupational Safety and Health).

Carole is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and a member of the Research Centre for Urban Change.  She has published in the fields of the scholarship of teaching and learning, the enhancement of employability skills and promotion of well-being and has particular interests in the perception and management of risk. Carole has over 20 years experience in risk management within the private and public sector and has held or currently holds positions of esteem within external organisations such as Chair of Manchester Occupational Health & Safety Group; Member of the Qualifications Working Party, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; External Academic Expert Panellist for the validation of MSc programmes and external examiner for BSc programmes. Carole is currently working with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on a Post Incident Research Programme.


Occupational Health and Safety alumni are actively employed in various sectors both in the UK and overseas. Previous graduates have progressed into careers within the public and private sector including consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

The course is recognised by ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership.

The course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking occupational safety and health-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector.

The course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry. Graduates of the course have found positions as occupational safety and health managers in business, as health and safety regulators and as consultants working in fields as diverse as food manufacturing, construction, education and the oil and gas industry.

Alumni Profile

Sarah Delaney - now working as UK and IE Law and Standard Manager, IKEA Group.

The best parts of the course are achieving, learning and utilising your newly found knowledge about the impacts of occupational safety and health at a higher level, whilst completing a recognised qualification. You will also develop new skills both in academic terms and in vocational terms and get to share your experiences with people of a similar background.

I would tell new students to never be frightened of asking questions as everybody is here to do the same thing - learn. And keep in touch with the tutors - they are all there to help.

Links with Industry

This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities.  Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problem for the dissertation component.  You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work for which assistance is provided through personal development planning (PDP).   

A feature of this course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry.  External expert sessions add value to the vocationally oriented course.  Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.  

This course has links with the network of safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities.

Further Study

After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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