Health and Safety Masters

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

 

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
All modules have been mapped against Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework 2013.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
The following study periods are available.  Each route includes 120 credits of taught delivery and 60 credits supervised research project.

  • Full Time (one year)
    Completion of all taught credits and research in one year (Research project completed in the UK)
  • Full Time (15 months to two years)
    Completion of all taught credits in year one followed by a research project taking between 6 to 12 months (research projects can be completed inside or outside the UK).
  • Part Time (Between two and three years)
    Completion of all taught credits over two years followed by a research project taking between 6 to 12 months (research projects can be completed inside or outside the UK).
  • Intakes for all routes are either September or January
    The programme is designed so that modules can be taken in any order.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university.
See if you are eligible.

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Course Overview

The aim of the MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing Masters is to enable practitioners to develop holistic approaches to enhancing organisational safety and health through improved worker engagement and wellbeing.

The masters degree is designed to enhance the students current understanding and application of occupational health and safety management by enabling  students to develop a more holistic approach to influencing worker and organisational performance through the contemporary concepts of worker engagement and wellbeing.

Click here to download the MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing brochure.​​​​

​Course Content​​

  • Assessing the Impact of Work on Health (10 Credits): The aim of the module is to evaluate the positive and negative influences the workplace has on the safety and health of workers and evaluate the impact of emerging wellbeing issues.
  • Approaches to Improving Worker Safety, Health and Wellbeing (10 Credits): The aim of this module is to critically assess the scope of workplace safety, health and wellbeing programmes and evaluate the evidence for creating an all-inclusive approach to improving safety, health and wellbeing at work.

  • Health Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): The aim of the module is to enable students to 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.

  • Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): The aim of this module is to enable the student to examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and to evaluate their impact on the improving safety, health and wellbeing performance in the workplace.

  • 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.

  • Influencing Individual and Organisational Behaviour (10 Credits): The aim of the module is to enable students to compare and contrast approaches to influencing worker behaviour and evaluate their effectiveness in improving health, safety and wellbeing performance in the workplace.

  • Evaluating Safety, Health and Wellbeing Performance (10 Credits): The aim of the module is to enable the student to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of health, safety and wellbeing programmes through the appraisal of individual and organisational performance outcomes.   

  • Developing Safety, Health and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): The aim of this module is to enable students to construct a strategic response and multidisciplinary approach to improving safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace.

  • Worker Engagement and Wellbeing (20 Credits): The aim of this module is to enable students to develop strategies for improving worker engagement and wellbeing and to critically evaluate their influence on organisational outcomes.


Supervised research module

Research Project (60 credits):  The aim of the research project is to enable students to demonstrate the ability to design, plan, and undertake research in a relevant study area, and present the findings.  

Awards and exit routes

Postgraduate Certificate - ANY 60 credits of taught modules  

Postgraduate Diploma - ALL 120 credits of taught modules

Masters - ALL 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit research project.

Individual credit and non-credit bearing CPD  

Flexible learning modules will be available soon, contact Stuart Scott for further details:
sscott@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: +44(029) 2041 6872 

       

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.

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.

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.

Moodle
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. 

Continuous Professional Development

If you are interested in developing your professional skills all modules can be taken as individual CPD modules. Modules can be studied as both credit bearing modules which require submission of assignments and none credit bearing which do not require assignments to be completed. A certificate of attendance only will be issued for modules taken as none credit bearing. 

An understanding of health and safety terminology is beneficial when undertaking modules as CPD.

 

 

Assessment

This MSc is assessed by coursework. Examples of assessment tasks include reports, essays, case studies, oral presentations and an academic poster. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Benefits

Unique benefits to studying our MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing: 

Free academic support prior to starting the programme or modules.
Successful applicants for the full course or CPD modules will be provided with access to a pre enrolment online academic skills development package.
The online learning tool will guide perspective students through the key skills needed to study at master's level. If you have not studied at master's degree level this short online course will introduce you to all the skills that you need, including finding and reading appropriate literature, academic writing, citing and referencing and critical thinking as well as much more. (Access is provided free of charge once you have received an offer to study on the programme or CPD modules.) 

Focus on worker wellbeing and engagement
The MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing programme is unique as the focus is on not only improving safety and health of workers but also improving worker wellbeing - the balance between the challenges workers face and the resources available to meet those challenges – and worker engagement – creating a valued and passionate workforce.

Work placements and work based learning
Work placements and work based learning opportunities are integrated throughout the programme. Students are encouraged to undertake and complete work based projects as part of several module assessments.
For those not in work we have a Placement Coordinator who works with students to obtain short placements and longer term internships whilst studying on the course.
Students who complete the work based projects and later gain Graduate membership of IOSH may be able to use the projects as part of the Initial Professional Development (IPD) route to gaining Chartered status of IOSH. 

Portfolio of tools
During the programme you will be introduced to a range of practical administrative tools which you can use to develop, implement, evaluate and improve employer safety, health and wellbeing and organisational performance. This 'portfolio of tools' provides students with the potential to apply what they are learning in a practical context. 

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, UK, Oman, Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Germany. 

Close links with Industry
This master's degree maintains a very close relationship with its students and its graduates. In many cases graduates are now in senior positions within industry and keen to continue their relationship with the MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing through ongoing collaboration.

Industry links include: 

​​BAE Systems ​EnerSys – Battery Manufacturer
Network Rail
HM Prison Service
Aza Group - Petroleum sector (Cameroon)
Welsh Assembly Government
​Cardiff Council ​
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Travis Perkins
Averda - Waste Management (Lebanon)
Public Health Wales ​
POBL Group
Disney 

Accreditation by IOSH - Graduate Membership of IOSH
The MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing is accredited by the Institution of Safety and Health (IOSH). Students who successfully complete the PgDip element of the programme will be eligible for Graduate membership and will subsequently be able to begin the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage of their progression to gaining Chartered status. 

Improved career potential
The most recent IOSH salary survey (2012) indicates that the average salary for a Health and Safety professional with a master's degree qualification is £50,000. This is commensurate with senior level positions and £10,000 more than those with an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.
Students who have completed the MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Cardiff Metropolitan University have gained senior management and Director Level positions. Other students have gone on to undertake a PhD or become a Lecturer.

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. MSc health and safety graduate profile

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.

Graduate Comments:

‘Before, I attended the course I used to believe most of what I read and heard. Now, I think more critically about any information I receive. I was not able to achieve this level of thinking without your support… Your patience and constructive criticism helped me to get two unconditional offers to study a PhD, both from high ranked universities in the UK.’
 International Student – Graduated 2015 

‘The great thing with the Masters course was that it was geared towards management…changing attitudes, behaviours, cultures and selling a concept to the population. I am so grateful to have had the experience at Cardiff Met..’ 
International Student – Graduated 2016 

‘I firmly believe that the course-qualification will enable me to pursue a career in the H&S sector at a strategic level, simply because of the course foundations and its elevated approach towards this important subject. Business in the near future must prepare for a change in their approach towards the management of their employees, and this is where H&S will become more effectual at producing wellbeing intervention strategies going forwards.’
UK Student – Graduated 2014 

‘Completing the MSc, and in particular the associated independent study and end dissertation provided an opportunity to explore the subject of work related health, safety and well-being in more depth and has helped me to become, what I hope is a more rounded and better health & safety practitioner.’
 UK Graduate - (Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager) 

‘Having achieved my MSC, my career has really driven forward… When I was doing my MSC, I was a Health and Safety Adviser, I then progressed to Senior Manager, and now to Deputy Director in SHE.’
UK Graduate - (Deputy Director of Safety, Health and Environment) 

‘…this course has definitely helped with my ability to take forward complex health and safety issues with confidence… This has opened up career opportunities that I could only have ever dreamt about...’
 UK Graduate - (Health and Safety Advisor)

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

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

Potential students are normally expected to have a degree in a discipline relating to occupational safety and health.  However, candidates with other relevant qualifications will be considered if they are able to demonstrate experience in occupational safety and health or an allied profession.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Where applicable candidates may apply for exemption from modules through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. This may include credit transfer from another level 7 programme, recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning'.

Details of the RPL process can be found on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website.   

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate on entry English language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.0.
Pre-sessional English courses are available through Cardiff Metropolitan University for those who do not initially meet the requirement.  

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.

Additional Information

Modes of Study:

Flexible learning modules will be available soon, contact Stuart Scott for further details:
sscott@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: +44(029) 2041 6872 

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.

Full details on the cost of studying part or full time and as standalone CPD modules are available via the university finance website, select 'Tuition Fees' on the right of the page. 

Please note: Unless otherwise stated the fee amount is the total cost of the entire programme

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. 

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 6872

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