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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

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MSc health and safety

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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 behavior 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.

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.  

Learning & Teaching​

Face To Face Lectures
Face to face lectures are held on campus and include the use of various media and teaching methods, including presentations, videos, virtual reality technology and in depth discussion. 

Blended Learning
Blended learning incorporates both face to face teaching and supported online learning through Moodle our Virtual learning Environment (VLE). 

Distance Learning
A full distance learning option is currently in development. Please contact Stuart Scott for further details on when the above option will be available: , Tel: +44(029) 2041 6872  

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 programme.

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, Panopto Video presentations, interactive tasks, quizzes, recommended and required reading, group forums, E-portfolios and a range of other learning and teaching resources specific to the modules and programme. 

Study Hours
Typically for a 10 credit modules students will be required to undertake the equivalent of 18 hours taught or directed study supplemented by a recommended 82 hours of self directed study. 

Typically for a 20 credit module students will be required to undertake the equivalent of 36 hours taught or directed study supplemented by a recommended 164 hours of self directed study. 

These are indicative hours and may vary across modules.

Personal Tutors
Whilst on the programme all students will be provided with a personal tutor who will help support and guide them through their learning experience. 

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

Modules as Short Courses

If you are interested in developing your professional skills a number of 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 will be issued for modules taken as none credit bearing. 

The following modules are available as CPD:

Module ​Credits ​Credit Bearing Price ​Non-Credit Price
​Assessing the Impact of Work On Health​10​£500*​£450*
​Approaches to Improving Worker Safety, Health and Wellbeing​10​£500*​£450*
​Health Risk Perception and Communication​10​£500*​£450*
​Principles And Practice of Risk Assessment​10​£500*​£450*
​Influencing Individual and Organisational Behaviour​10​£500*​£450*
​Developing Safety, Health and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions​10​£500*​£450*
​Evaluating Safety, Health and Wellbeing Performance​20​£1000*​£750*
​Worker Engagement and Wellbeing​20​£1000*​£750*


*Please note: Prices are indicative but may be subject to change.



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.


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

Academic support upon starting the course or modules 

  • Free Academic skills E-learning Module 
  • Academic skills week (Delivered at the start of the course) 

Focus on worker wellbeing and engagement 

  • Enhancing and improving traditional health and safety skills 

Work placements and work based learning 

  • Support and guidance for those looking to further develop practical skills 

Portfolio of tools 

  • Useful guides and documents that can be downloaded and used in a practical context. 

Internationally recognised and highly regarded qualification 

  • 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 

  • We have a close working relationship with many organisations and companies in various sectors including: Heavy Industry, Manufacturing, Public Sector and Health Care 

Accreditation by Institution of Safety and Health (IOSH) 

  • Students who successfully complete the PgDip element of the course will be eligible for Graduate membership of IOSH. 

Improved career potential 

  • The IOSH salary survey (2016) indicates that the average salary for a Health and Safety professional with a master's degree qualification is £50,000. 
  • Many Graduates are now in Senior Management and Director Level positions. 
  • Other Graduates have gone on to undertake a PhD 

Employability & Careers​

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

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. 

Graduate Comments:


How has the course prepared you for your future career?

'My masters gave me a chance to open up debate, dig a little deeper and consider resourceful ways to implement health and safety strategies in different industries'


Why did you choose this course over any alternatives?

'One of the most attractive things about the course is its over-arching, strategic approach to management of health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.'

How did you find the support from teaching staff?

'Second to none. Always available, good practical support and a friendly, but professional teaching approach.'


If you had to describe the benefits of doing the MSc OHSW course in one sentence what would you say?

'The knowledge gained is up to date and relevant to todays workplace and those of the future. Tutors and support provided has been second to none. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Hard work but worth it.'

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

We welcome applicants from all sectors both here in the UK and elsewhere from across the world: 

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

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 6.5.
Pre-sessional English courses are available through Cardiff Metropolitan University for those who do not initially meet the requirement.  

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

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

Intakes September (09) and January (01)
Full Time (FT)- Completed in one to two years
Part Time (PT) – Completed in two to three years 

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.

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Stuart Scott
Tel: 029 2041 6872


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