Occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing - MSc/PgD/PgC


Course Overview

Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework the aim of the programme is to enable practitioners to consider contemporary approaches to health and safety management, employee engagement and wellbeing; and to evaluate their effectiveness on improving organisational performance.

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This programme will go through a periodic review on the 1st February 2017. As such the programme title, structure and content may change. Please check this page at that point for up-to-date information.

​Course Content​​

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete the following modules:

  • Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): Examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and evaluate their impact on the management of workplace hazards.

  • Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Critically appraise the impact of psychological and psychosocial factors upon the perception and communication of, and response to, a range of risks and threats to health and wellbeing.

  • Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice

  • Management of Occupational Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits): Formulate appropriate control strategies and interventions to effectively manage a range of health and wellbeing issues across a variety of environments. 

    For the Postgraduate Diploma, students undertake the above modules, plus the following core modules:​

  • Individual & Organisational Change H&S (10 Credits): Appraise factors which influence organisational response to the management and performance of health, safety and wellbeing.

  • Management of Safety Performance (20 Credits): Identify and appraise proactive and reactive approaches to managing, monitoring, reviewing and auditing safety performance in the workplace.

  • Reflecting on Professional Development (10 Credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional development. (Typically this module includes an element of work based learning and the completion of two work based projects.)

  • Developing Health Safety and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): Enable students to integrate conceptual frameworks, policies and approaches to intervention through the development of a multidisciplinary intervention on an identified occupational health, safety & wellbeing issue. (Typically this module includes the analysis of live data and information from a collaborating organisation.)

  • To obtain the MSc, students must also complete a research project (60 credits):

    • Research Project (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.
    • All of the above modules have been mapped against Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework 2013.


Learning & Teaching​

The learning and teaching strategy for the programme places a strong emphasis on application of theoretical frameworks to real problems and situations.  As well as developing their knowledge, skills and competencies students are encouraged to reflect and learn from their own professional practice and situations they face in their own field.

The Learning and Teaching strategies adopted by the programme team allow for substantial input from students. The teaching strategy includes:

Lectures and tutorials

Lectures and tutorials will be used to provide you with a framework of ideas and theory, into which you can fit material obtained from independent study. Whilst lectures and tutorials are seen as opportunities for imparting key information they are also intended to be interactive, and debate is encouraged.

Group Activities:

Tasks will be set requiring you to work together to develop problem solving strategies and to analyse issues.

Case Studies:

Case studies will present students with an opportunity to explore, develop and evaluate contemporary occupational health, safety and wellbeing issues in various work based contexts.

Preparation for such a case study may include the following:

  • ​Presentation of available data by those persons involved in the case.
  • Group discussions, tutorial and individual learning to enable the students to identify the problem and synthesise possible solutions.
  • Discussions and lectures with relevant professionals to understand the rationale behind the adoption of specific solutions.
  • Debriefing by way of tutorials and seminars.

Attendance, Contact Hours & Self Directed Learning

The MSc is a taught programme and requires attendance at lectures on the following days:

  • Year 1: Every Tuesday evening throughout term one and two (Sept to Dec and Jan to April)
  • Year 2: Every Thursday afternoon and evening throughout term one and two

In addition, students will attend research workshops* and be allocated supervision time for the award of MSc.
Applied Research Methods & Design is currently delivered as a blended learning module over four contact days, a Friday and Saturday in the autumn term (October) and a Friday and Saturday in the spring term (February), supported by E-learning materials and activities.   

The direct contact time between student and tutor varies from module to module.  Generally, unless otherwise stated on the module guide, 10 credit modules will include up to 18 hours contact time and 20 credit modules will include up to 36 hours contact time.

Exceptions to the above are 'OHS7006 Developing Health Safety and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions' which includes supported student led group work, 'OHS7007 Reflecting on Professional Development' which includes supported student led work based projects and OHS7008 Research project Module.

In addition to direct contact time students are generally expected to undertake a further 3 hours of self-directed learning for every 1 hour of contact time.


Work based learning:

Students are encouraged to undertaken several work based projects as part of the programme. The project requirements are mapped against the IOSH Skills Development Portfolio and based upon the professional development needs of each individual student.

Group work and live project:

As part of OHS7006 Developing Health, Safety and Wellbeing Strategies and Interventions module students are required to work in groups to undertake a live project with a collaborative organisation identified by the Programme Director.   The live project requires students to review data to identify improvement areas and to develop an appropriate intervention plan. The groups present their intervention plan to members of the collaborative organisation management team.

Site Visits
Where applicable (and when possible) site visits are used to add context to particular modules and topics throughout the programme. These have included visits to COMAH sites and other large scale organisations.

Students are able to gain access to programme material both on and off campus via Moodle the University virtual learning environment. This includes access to lecture presentations, recommended and required reading, group forums, E-portfolios and a range of other learning and teaching resources specific to the modules and programme.

Introduction to Academic Skills
Included within the introduction to the programme is an introduction to the academic skills

needed to study at masters level.  This includes the provision of specific E-Learning material, a formative assignment and access to a personal Tutor.

Personal Tutors
In addition to a general open door policy students are encouraged to meet with the Programme Director and tutors regularly throughout the programme to discuss feedback on assignments and the development of academic skills.

Professional Development
During your studies you will be actively encouraged to integrate your learning experiences with your own professional development needs and aspirations.

Your aspirations for professional development will be discussed during the induction to the programme.  Support and guidance will then be tailored throughout the programme to ensure that you are best able to fulfil your chosen professional development needs.

  • Those students wishing to obtain Graduate membership of IOSH will be directed to material produced by IOSH on developing IOSH Skills Development Portfolios. 
  • Students who are already Chartered Members of IOSH will be directed to advice on how to complete their IOSH Continued Professional Development portfolio.
  • Students who are required to undertake in-house or alternate professional development will be provided with advice and guidance on the development and structure of suitable projects required to meet the employers or alternate professional body requirements. An example of such support would include guidance on report writing skills or presentation skills to aid the student in delivering the findings of a work related project to a board of directors.

Students who are not in work or who are from overseas will, where ever possible, be supported and encouraged to find local short term placements during which they can undertake work based projects. 


The programme is assessed by coursework. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, oral presentations, group work and posters. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Employability & Careers​

Graduate Membership of IOSH

Students who successfully complete the MSc programme will be eligible for Graduate membership of IOSH and will subsequently be able to begin the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage of their progression to gaining Chartered status.

Improved career and /or academic progression

Students who have completed the MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University have gained senior management and Director Level positions. Other students have gone on to undertake a PhD or lecture at university.

Internationally recognised and highly regarded qualification

The programme and MSc award is internationally recognised by government bodies, public and private sector and employers from many countries across the world, including amongst others, Oman, Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Germany.

2015 Graduate Profile - MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Daniah Turjman
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
Ministry of Environment, Lebanon 

Since completing the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing in July 2015 I have been working as an Occupational Health and Safety Officer at a Waste Management Company called Averda. I find this field really interesting since it brings together both of my areas of interest; the environment and health & safety. Daniah Turjman.jpg

I am really happy with my work and found myself at an advantage at the recruitment stage given what I have learnt in my degree about OHS management. The company is OHSAS 18001 certified and I have been working closely with both the external and internal auditors and learning a lot.

Currently, I am working on a new project to conduct a Health and Safety assessment of all the company projects and sites all over the world, including: UAE, KSA, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Congo and Gabon. Working internationally is really interesting, we have offices in London, and projects in Dublin and Galway.

The programme equipped me with the necessary knowledge to work within any health and safety management system, better yet to develop a system from scratch. As soon as I finished my degree, I was able to start my Health and Safety career in an OHSAS certified organisation.

The course work combined with the theory and experiences from our lecturers was particularly insightful.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

We welcome applicants from all sectors: public, private and the voluntary & independent sector. The programme retains an international focus, addressing occupational health, safety and wellbeing issues faced around the world, as well as in Wales and the UK.

Applicants are normally expected to hold an initial degree in a discipline relating to occupational health, safety and wellbeing. However, candidates with other relevant qualifications and experience will be considered if they are able to demonstrate practical and / or contextual knowledge of the basic 'learning objectives' defined within the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation framework.

Candidates may meet this criteria in by:
a) Demonstrating a minimum of 2 years' experience in a relevant setting.
b) Providing evidence of recent completion of cognate degree at a high standard

For candidates who enter via route b) progression to study the later aspects of the programme may be conditional on obtaining relevant additional experience during the taught element of the programme.

Selection Procedure:

Candidates will need to meet the admissions criteria. Selection is initially by way of an application form, although applicants may be interviewed.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
Please note this course is a minimum of two years, study periods for UK/EU/International students are detailed below:

UK / EU Students

  • ​Part Time (three year route)
    Two years taught (PgC & PgD) and one year supervised research project (MSc)
  • Full time (Two year route)
    One year taught (PgC & PgD) and one year supervised research project (MSc)

    Please note: Students may exit after the PgC or PgD if they wish or study individual modules on a CPD basis.

International Students

  • Full Time (Default Route A: Two year route studied in the UK)
    One year taught and one year supervised research project to be completed within the UK. (Visas will normally be issued for 22 months)
  • Full Time (Optional Route B: One year in the UK plus one year outside the UK)
    One year taught and one year supervised research project to be completed outside the UK. (Visas will normally be issued for 15 months)

    Please note: The preferred route should be noted on the application. Degree awards for both routes will be ratified in the June of the second academic year of the programme.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits in year 1 and 60 credits in year 2 (PgC & PgD), and a 60 credit research project in year 3 (MSc). To obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Stuart Scott
Email: sscott@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6860​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms