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Safety, Health and Environment


School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Environment Work, Health and Organisations

Start Dates(s): September; January


September Start
MSc (one year full time or up to three years part-time)
January Start
MSc (16 months full time or up to three years part-time)


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

UK - £7,380

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
  • Vocational orientation and substantial input from professional practitioners
  • Interdisciplinary and flexible study
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The course aims to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health for students from diverse backgrounds and to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.

The successful completion of this course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course also develops your critical and analytical powers in relation to SHE.

The course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions.

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 environmental regulation and occupational health.

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

Modules address the exiting and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk.

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

The course comprises of four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation. Within the full-time course three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options.

For part-time students the taught components spans two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module.

Full-time study option:

Semester 1
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 examines the relevance and relative merits of the different tools and approaches available to the business community in assessing and improving its environmental performance and addressing the sustainability agenda. You will explore through case study and field work the response of the business community to the internal and external drivers of environmental performance and corporate social responsibility.
Semester 2
This module aims to enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to apply appropriate analysis of research results. You will have opportunities 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 successful delivery of project outcomes.
This module aims to provide an insight into and critical awareness of distribution, causes and determinants of communicable and non-communicable diseases. You will develop and enhance the cognitive capacity and professional skills required to formulate strategies for prevention and control of outbreaks of illness and chronic conditions.
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 module aims to enable you 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.

Part-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1
  • Risk: Perception and Management (30 credits)
Year 1, Semester 2
  • Research and Professional Practice (30 credits)
Year 2, Semester 1
  • Techniques for Environmental Assessment (30 credits)
Year 2, Semester 2
  • Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (30 credits)


  • Management of Occupational Health and Safety (30 credits)
Year 3, Semesters 1 and 2
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.

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 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken english, you might be interested in our English Language courses. International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course.

You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions. You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Suitable For

This course is for safety, health and environmental practitioners, risk managers  and enforcement officers who want to deepen their subject knowledge and enhance their career prospects, as well as people looking to train in the field of safety, health and environment. This course is ideal 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 are site visits to contextualize learning and 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%)  
Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits)
Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)          
Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (optional) (30 credits)
Production of health education material (50%); Briefing report (50%)          
Management of Occupational Health and Safety (optional) (30 credits)
Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)  
Dissertation (60 credits)
Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)


Graduates of this course have found positions as safety, health and environmental managers in business, as environmental regulators and as SHE managers, safety consultancy and training working in fields as diverse as facilities management, construction and demolition, utilities, the civil service and engineering.

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

This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within the industry.

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 the 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.

The course has links with the network of safety, health and environment professionals in the locally through Safety Groups UK 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 (EERC) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).


The School is home to state-of-the-art laboratories with dedicated research labs for your research project.

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