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Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing

MSc/PgDip

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Environment Work, Health and Organisations

Start Dates(s): September; January

Duration:

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

Fees:

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)
  • Opportunities to work with private, public and third sector organisations improving your career prospects
  • Benefit from lectures from specialist speakers employed in the sector, bringing real-world examples and practice based learning
  • 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. Modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual 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.

Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking occupational safety and health-related employment,  as well as to meet continuing professional development needs; this course is recognised by ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership.

At the University of Salford, much emphasis is placed upon the development of professional skills and capabilities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problems as part of your dissertation. In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background .

This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry. Our 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 in consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

The contextualised learning approach on this MSc programme makes the course. It's not all about text books and theory, it's how health and safety can be applied in the real world and on the ground - this course helps students to put their learning into practice, with project placements also used to make learning more enjoyable and 'real'. One of the main things that my time at Salford taught me and that I call upon every day is that we in safety should be enablers, looking for ways to get things done - not reasons to stop.

Jamie Sutherland-Pownall
MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing

https://vimeo.com/176738047

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.  Modules address 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 authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that students learn from their experiences while they are supported in reviewing the progress of their own learning.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

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. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

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 applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is 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.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,380
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.

Teaching

This course is delivered through lectures and seminars, with students utilising case studies and completing assignments as the course progresses. We place a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers to encourage collaborative learning. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project which will provide networking opportunities with external clients as well as real world context for what you are learning.

Assessment

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

Andrew Clark

Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience of teaching environmental assessment management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has extensive experience of working with private, public and third sector organisations and companies, providing a strong employability focus to teaching and learning on the MSc programmes.

Carole Conroy

Carole is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has over 25 years’ experience within  private, public and the educational sector. She held or currently holds positions of esteem within external organisations such as external examiner positions, Chair of Manchester Occupational Health & Safety Group; Member of Professional Standards Committee and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

David Poley

David has over 35 years’ experience as an Environmental Health officer, specialising in environmental management including air quality management and noise control.  He has been chair of the Merseyside pollution group and, under his management, his Authority became a Beacon Council for their innovation in air quality monitoring. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health and a member of the Institute of Acoustics.

Debapriya Mondal

Priya Mondal is an Environmental Toxicologist with over 10 years’ experience in the area of effects of environmental contaminants on human health, especially addressing risk assessments, biomarkers of exposure and identification of molecular and physiological mechanisms of toxicity. Currently, she is a council member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, UK, and Scientific committee member of UK and Ireland Exposure Science Group.

Stephen Todd

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and has over 40 years’ experience in the private and educational sectors. He has sat on the Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Economic Area Group for Product and Process Innovation and for twenty years was on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Building Surveying. He was also part of the team that developed the Warrington Energy House, which was a collaborative project between the University of Salford, Warrington Housing Association and Warrington Borough Council.

Steve Sumner

Steve trained as an Environmental Health Officer and after a succession of posts as local authority health and safety inspector/manager, was seconded to HSE's Local Authority Unit responsible for the development of technical policy. Before establishing his own consultancy and joining the academic staff at Salford he was national lead for Health and Safety at the local Government Association for 9 years. He is chartered member of CIEH and a chartered fellow of IOSH.

Employability

Recognised by the ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership, this 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. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry.

Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing 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 roles in consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

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 problems as part of your dissertation. In addition you are encouraged to engage with a wide range of university wide initiatives to develop employability skills.  

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

Furthermore, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background.

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).

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.

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