MSc Occupational Safety & Health

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

With society's focus intensifying on health, including workers’ health, the Centre for Safety and Health at Work (CSHW) continues to meet the needs of industry using blended online platforms and flexible teaching programmes to cover key contemporary issues.

This MSc in OSH full-time programme is especially designed for graduates who have experience in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), who have not previously achieved a higher level qualification in the area.  At the end of the programme, you will have developed the ability to develop and implement health and safety management and risk management systems relevant to the OSH needs of your professional discipline; professional and academic writing skills; self-management and self-directive skills and research skills.

  • This MSc in OSH full-time programme is designed to be completed over one academic year (September to July). You will attend classes on weekdays and complete 90 credits over three semesters. 
  • The provisionally scheduled Orientation days for 2023/24 intake, are September 6th and September 8th, 2023.
  • The programme covers a range of multidisciplinary topics relevant to Occupational Safety and Health. Subjects covered include Legislation, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene, Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work, Health and Safety Management and Safety Technology.
  • Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects, and a dissertation.
  • Thesis supervision takes place outside of scheduled programme times/days. 
  • Places are limited, so apply as early as possible. 

Careers & Employability

The programme is designed for graduates who have a professional interest, or growing responsibility, in the area of OSH. Our graduates can be found in national and global organisations across a number of industries. Many embark on careers as consultants and others are in senior positions in public and private sector industries.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This MSc in OSH full-time is designed for working graduates who are engaged in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), who have not previously achieved a higher qualification in OSH. It is offered full-time and has multidisciplinary lecturers and students

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes.

Coming to Ireland? Please see UCD International 's Information webpage 

Please note:

  • You should be an honours graduate (2.1 or above) of an Irish level 8 degree, or international equivalent, in a cognate discipline
  • You should  normally have three years relevant work experience at the time of application.
  • Priority is given to applicants who are active in Occupational Safety and Health
  • You will be required to supply transcripts of your primary degree and the supporting documents at the time of your application. 

Applications for September 2023/24 intakes close on 31st March 2023.

Offers not accepted by 15th July 2023 will be lapsed by the School.

The purpose of the UCD MSc in Occupational Safety and Health Programme is to educate graduates from cognate disciplines to proactively manage prevailing occupational safety and health risks, to design effective solutions and become leaders in embedding a health and safety culture in the working environment, and to use an evidence-base to integrate up-to-date health and safety principles, practice and legal frameworks into professional practice. Learning takes place in a class-room environment in UCD, with some online-learning interaction, through live face-to-face engagement with peers and leading experts, including academics, regulatory authorities and multidisciplinary industry experts.  For working students, experiential learning and application of learning also takes place at work. Teaching methods include face-to-face lectures and small-group classes, group work and supervision.  Continuous assessment (formative and summative) is problem-based and work-situated, and end-of-module examinations are also held. This high quality programme is based on the values of adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, research-focused, evidence-base, and professional relevance. 

At the end of the programme, students will have developed the ability to develop, implement and continuously improve occupational safety and health management and risk management systems in the workplace and will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge of a wide range of subjects and disciplines relevant to safety and health in the work environment;
  • Utilise advanced knowledge of OSH risk and risk potential in order to develop and implement risk control measures based on research evidence;
  • Synthesise knowledge to identify and evaluate OSH hazards, use an appropriate methodology to carry out risk assessments in complex and new environments, and develop and implement safety management systems and policy;
  • Be skilled in the identification, retrieval, synthesis, management and professional communication of relevant research-based OSH information to specialist and non-specialist audience;
  • Demonstrate autonomy and self-direction in applying up-to-date OSH principles and knowledge in new and unfamiliar environments;
  • Be capable of being a leader in embedding a health and safety culture in the working environment (S, A) and contribute to corporate social responsibility;
  • Identify an OSH research question, develop a research plan, collect and analyse data, using statistical techniques, and produce a report of their project in the form of a thesis; and
  • Be agile, innovative and creative in adapting OSH as a response to emerging / changing working conditions.

View All Modules Here

Modules include:

  • Safety and Health Legislation
  • Health and Safety Management
  • OSH Literature Review Methods
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work
  • Research Methods (OSH)
  • Chemical Safety and Toxicology
  • Safety Technology
  • Dissertation (OSH)

Detailed information on individual modules is available on the UCD Course Search page

MSc Occupational Safety & Health (X373) Full Time
EU          fee per credit - € 106.1
nonEU    fee per credit - € 156.8

***Fees are subject to change

 Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website

The MSc in OSH programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as the academic requirement for graduate membership. Subject to experience and other entry requirements, MSc in OSH graduates may become a chartered member of the Institute (CMIOSH) and use the title Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner.  There is also an opportunity to apply for IOSH student membership. Further information about applying for both IOSH student and graduate membership is available here.

Candidates whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL. The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be submitted with the application.

In all cases the test results must not be more than 2 years old. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.

Candidates whose existing degree was obtained in a country where the official language of instruction is English may, at the request of the School, still be subject to the same requirements where English is not the candidate's first language.

English Language Test Scores vary across the College and within Schools in accordance with the requirements of a specific programme. UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo Test of English (DET) for the 2021/2022 intake.

For the purposes of the MSc in OSH FT, please note: 

The minimum requirement for the Duolingo Test will be a DET score of 130 with at least 120 in each subscore.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic): Minimum Overall Band Score of 7.5 with a result NOT LESS than 7.0 in EACH of the individual sections.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet Based Test: Minimum total score of 110 with a score NOT LESS than 22 in Reading and Listening. NOT LESS than 26 in Speaking and NOT LESS than 24 in the test of written English.

  • You should normally be an honours graduate (2.1 or above) of an Irish level 8 degree, or international equivalent, in a cognate discipline.
  • You should normally have at least three years work experience at the time of application.
  • You should ideally have OSH work experience.
  • Priority is given to applicants who are active in Occupational Safety and Health.
  • You will be required to supply transcripts of your primary degree and the supporting documents at the time of your application. 

 

For testimonials of our OSH alumni, please visit our CSHW Alumni page and the slider panels on our main website page on our website.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Occupational Safety & Health FT (X373)
Duration
1 Years
Attend
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

You apply using the UCD online application system. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2023.

Please note, offers not accepted by 15th July 2023 will be lapsed by the School.

To apply, simply click here  and follow the instructions. Completed applications will be assessed promptly. Before you submit your application, please ensure you upload the relevant documents and provide information that is requested to support your application. 

As part of your application, you must submit the following online:

  • A CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • A personal statement of approximately 500 words. Your personal statement should focus on a) your interest in OSH, b) how you expect the programme will impact on your career and c) how you plan to balance your work, life and study commitments. (Please use these headings).
  • Copies of your degree parchments as well as full transcripts of your results.
  • Two references, one academic, and one from an employer, signed and on headed paper.
  • If your first language is not English, you must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.
  • Please note, your application will be reviewed after all the necessary documents are submitted. An online non-refundable application fee applies. 
  • Eligible candidates deemed to be considered for the MSc in OSH FT may be interviewed.
  • Canvassing by applicants, or any other person on their behalf, will disqualify.