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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 - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
  • The course is vocationally orientated and course content has significant input from professional practitioners, ensuring that you are prepared for professional practice
  • Opportunities for project work with private, public and third sector organisations
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, as well as to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in industry, this course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health, enabling students to develop the knowledge and skills relevant in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.

Influenced by industry requirements, course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions. 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 will also develop your critical and analytical ability in relation to SHE and ensure that you are prepared for contemporary professional practice.

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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.

Modules have been designed to enable the development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health, safety and environment professionals in the 21st Century. Addressing existing and emerging challenges and reviewing contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk, module content covers a broad curriculum providing you with in depth knowledge of the concepts presented.

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that you will learn from experience while being supported in reviewing the progress of your 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 and three years respectively.  

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. During semester 3 you will complete a dissertation.

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

Course Structure

Full-time study option:  

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.

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860

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

For more information please see our funding section


Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials and case studies, and simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers. You will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project, thereby encouraging networking with external clients as well as real-world interaction.


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%)

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 and Safety Group; Member of Professional Standards Committee, and the 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 the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and a UK and Scientific committee member of UK & 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 and 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.

Dr Priya Mondal, Programme Leader, discusses her research which looks at the effect of chemicals, in particular heavy metals such as arsenic, on human health. Here, Priya explains how arsenic is problematic for countries such as India, where it is present in common foods such as rice as well
as drinking  water.


Career Prospects

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

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

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 a specific business problem for the dissertation component.

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

In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through Safety Groups UK 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 (EERC) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

I chose the University of Salford because it is one of the few universities in the UK offering this course, and from my own personal research I was impressed by the backgrounds and expertise of the academic staff teaching the course.

Course content is exceptionally relevant and in line with modern trends in the field, integrating environmental protection and sustainability with HSE management. I have also had plenty of exposure to real life industry experience and engagement. The highlight of my time on this course was completing my research project, as I was able to gain significant hands on experience of project planning and execution, as well as develop my team working skills.

Beyond expanding my knowledge and helping me understand root causes of complex environmental and safety issues, this course has prepared me well for the future as it had improved my interpersonal skills and confidence immensely, which are very important skills in today’s job market.

Ubong Ntia
MSc Safety, Health and Environment graduate

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