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

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.

​Course Content​​

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 evidence for creating an all-inclusive approach to improving safety, health and wellbeing at work.


The aim of the module is to enable the student to evaluate the impact a wide range of factors including psychological and psychosocial influences have on the perception, assessment and communication of risk. The module will include hazard identification, risk assessment, mitigation factors and their general impact on safety, health and wellbeing.


The aim of the module is to enable students to develop their research skills in order to apply principles of evidence-based practice, and design and carry out robust research projects.

The aim of this module is to enable students to compare and contrast approaches to influencing worker behaviour and construct a strategic response and multidisciplinary approach to improving safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace.


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.


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.


The aim of the module is to enable students to design, plan, undertake and present research in a relevant study area, demonstrating a systematic understanding and critical awareness of their discipline and area of professional practice.

Module Structure
Please note, the order the modules depends upon the route of study, i.e. part-time, full-time or distance learning, and the intake on to the programme, i.e. September or January.

The following tables provide an indication of the module structure for the full and part-time taught programme and distance learning programme.   

Full-time (including PgCert and PgDip)

Year 1

​Term 1 (Sept - Dec)
​Term 2 (Jan-Apr)
​OSH7017 Worker Safety, Health and Wellbeing (20) 
​FST7008 Risk Perception, Assessment and Communication (20)
​SHS7000 Applied Research Methods
​OSH7015 Worker Engagement and Wellbeing 
​OSH7018 Developing Interventions & Influencing behaviour

​OSH7012 Measuring Safety, Health and Wellbeing Performance

Year 2

​OSH7016 Research Project – Period 1
​OSH7016 Research Project – Period 2

Part-time (including PgCert and PgDip)

Year 1

​Term 1 (Sept - Dec)
​Term 2 (Jan-Apr)
​OSH7017 Worker Safety, Health and Wellbeing (20) 
​FST7008 Risk Perception, Assessment and Communication (20)

​OSH7015 Worker Engagement and Wellbeing (20)

Year 2

​Term 1 (Sept - Dec)
​Term 2 (Jan-Apr)
​OSH7018 Developing Interventions & Influencing Behaviour (20) 
​OSH7012 Measuring Safety, Health and Wellbeing Performance (20) 
​SHS7000 Applied Research Methods (20

Year 3

​Term 1 (Sept - Dec)
​Term 2 (Jan-Apr)
​OSH7016 Research Project – Period 1
​OSH7016 Research Project – Period 2

The taught programme is designed to be studied across two terms*. The order and number of modules studied at one time depends upon the time of intake.  September students start with Term 1 modules and January students with Term 2 modules.  Breaks are at Easter, summer and Christmas.  

Lectures are weekly, normally on a Tuesday or Thursday.

*Depending on the academic calendar lectures can extend in to term 3, ending in May. 

Learning & Teaching​

Learning and teaching overview 

The teaching and learning strategy for the programme places a strong emphasis on application of theoretical frameworks to real problems and situations. Teaching focus on case studies, exercises and scenarios reflecting contemporary occupational safety, health and wellbeing issues, often located within students own professional experience and, if applicable, working environment. 

Academic support upon starting the programme or modules

Prior to starting lectures students complete a series of academic skills development sessions. Designed to help develop academic skills and improve confidence and ability to study at Masters Level, the sessions are an invaluable tool for both those returning to academia and those who have entered via the professional experience route. The sessions culminate in the completion of a practice essay where each student is provided with personal feedback by a personal tutor. 

Personal Tutors 

All students are provided with a personal tutor who will help support and guide them through their learning experience. 


Students are able to gain access to a range of learning and teaching resources specific to the modules and programme via Moodle, the University virtual learning environment. 

Lectures and online learning sessions

Lectures and on-line learning sessions provide an opportunity to explore key theories and concepts, debate and reflect on professional practice and facilitate further study. The programme delivery includes opportunities for debate and discussion, either in face to face lectures or through live MS Teams sessions and webinars.  

Study Hours 

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

Work Based Learning

Students are encouraged to undertake and complete work based projects as part of several module assessments. For those wishing to explore work placement opportunities we have a Placement Office who work with students to potentially obtain work experience whilst studying on the programme. 


The academic team have a wealth of experience in occupational, environmental and public health disciplines. In addition to being Chartered members of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, several of the team have been nominated and received teaching awards. Find out more about the academic team click here

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

SHS7000 Applied Research Methods & Design


OSH7017 Worker Safety, Health and Wellbeing


FST7008 Risk Perception, Assessment and Communication


OSH7012 Measuring Safety, Health and Wellbeing Performance


OSH7018 Developing Interventions & Influencing Behaviour


OSH7015 Worker Engagement and Well-being


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


To reflect the applied nature of study, the programme contains no unseen written examinations. Instead, assessments include:

Written assessments - such as reports, essays, case studies and an academic poster 

Oral assessments - Oral presentation and professional viva 

Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice. 

Student Feedback & Support 

 Students are provided with formative feedback opportunities and an opportunity to discuss assessment requirements with the lecturer and their peers throughout the modules. 

Specific examples include: 

 • Question and answer sessions

 • Keeping notes for discussion in live sessions

 • Recording responses to tasks and comparing them with model answers

 • Group discussion forums via MS Teams and Moodle 

• Module leader feedback on individual assessments 

Further support is also available via: 

 • Personal tutors

 • Self-audit against MSc grade descriptors

 • Library and study skills packages

 • Library and learning resources 

• Physical and virtual ‘Open door’ policy to staff


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)

See ‘employability and careers’ for details of the benefit of IOSH accreditation.

Employability & Careers​

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 and to teach, either in Cardiff Met or other universities across the world. 

IOSH membership 

This programme has been accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Enrolled students can access IOSH Student Membership for the duration of their studies and, on successful completion, they will meet the academic requirements for Graduate (Grad IOSH) membership. Graduate membership is the gateway to Chartered status. As IOSH is the only organisation in the world that offers Chartered membership to health and safety practitioners, this can help you achieve the highest professional standards and gain international recognition.

Please note:

 1. Following the implementation of the IOSH Membership Review during 2021, IOSH conditions of membership require evidence of experience which will be required in addition to any accredited qualification. Graduate (Grad IOSH) membership will change its title to Certified member. 

2. IOSH retain the right to change its membership standards, recognition and grade entry requirements. 

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

Taught programme
 For candidates whose first language is not English, such candidates must normally be able to demonstrate on entry English Language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no element lower then 5.5 Pre-sessional English courses are available through Cardiff Metropolitan University for those who do not initially meet the requirement.

International Applicants
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

Tuition fees and financial support:

For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. 

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

 • Full-time fees (UK and international fees) - Unless otherwise stated the fee amount is the total cost of the entire programme

 • Part-time fees - Are based upon the number of credits studied per academic year. 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). 


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

Postgraduate Student Loans are available for UK postgraduate students for further details click,-Research-and-Part-Time-Students-.aspx


The MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing programme is also available as a full and part-time taught Masters degree in Singapore.

Delivered by our partner institution, DIMENSIONS International Training College, the programme is validated by Cardiff Met and accredited by IOSH.

For further details, please see the DIMENSIONS website.

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, Valerie Scholey 


Tel: 029 20 416 851

Key Course Information

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

Place of Study: 
Llandaff or Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 3 years 

Graduate Profile
Graduate Profile

"The programme allowed me to develop an in-depth knowledge of key health and safety topics such as Risk Management, improving safety culture and other interventions for a safer workplace.

I am now working as a Health and Safety Compliance Co-ordinator at Celsa Steel UK - I am involved in a legal compliance project examining practical approaches to health and safety. I can confidently say that I wouldn’t have secured this role without my MSc from Cardiff Met."

Nireeksha Nadig, MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing.

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