About the course
Please note, applications for the MSc for 2018/19 are now closed, we are accepting applications for 2019/20. We are still accepting applications for 2018/19 for the MRes.
These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. They are the only courses of their kind created with and endorsed by NEBOSH at Masters-level, and offer those already working in industry and holding a NEBOSH diploma or BSc the chance to enhance their skills and techniques. Studying these courses will help students identify and resolve real issues relating to them in their day-to-day roles - enhanced by the final dissertation, which is written on a research project from their own work.
The programmes are completely employer focused, using current employment to evidence achievement, and are studied part-time using e-learning modules to enable study anywhere in the UK or overseas. There are three specific pathways that can be chosen: Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management; Occupational Health and Safety Management; or Environmental Management. Each pathway can be studied either as a taught MSc or as a more research-focused MRes, making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.
What you'll study
For MSc students, the taught modules are taken in the first year and the first semester of the second year using the University’s e-learning environment. Once these have been completed, the last six months of the course consist of the research dissertation.
For MRes students, after completing the modules covering research methodology, the programme is followed by a 12-month, 120-credit research project on a workplace-based topic in health, safety and environmental management.
The online nature of the programme means access to a stable broadband internet connection is required for access to course materials, to communicate with University staff and undertake course assessments.
Research Methods (NEBOSH Programmes)
This module looks at various methods used to collect and analyse data in research projects. You'll explore the uses, advantages and disadvantages of the methods and choose the most appropriate for your main research project.
Topics include the purpose of reviewing the literature in research, practicalities of carrying out a literature review and writing a literature review in a suitable format.
Designing Research Projects
Examine what's required in writing a research proposal. You'll explore how a research problem is formulated, constructing relevant hypotheses, evaluating alternative research methods for suitability and how to create a suitable research design.
Advanced Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management
During this module, you'll explore topics such as the content, structure, scope and implementation of ISO 31000:2009 and BS 31100:2011 and the role and importance of leadership in health, safety and environmental management.
Corporate Social Responsibility in Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Explore a range of topics including: the principles of social responsibility: accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, financial probity, respect for stakeholder interests, and respect for the rule of law. Employment and employment relationships, and customer and supplier relationships will also be examined.
Disaster and Emergency Management
Develop an understanding of the potential impact of a disaster on an organisation and methods of managing disasters and emergencies. You'll study historical development, definitions and institutions; law, guidance and sources of information; major incident investigation and public inquiries; and management of disasters and emergencies.
Safety Case Production and Assessment
Topics studied on this module include the purpose of the safety case, safety analysis techniques, safety case production and safety case structure.
Mental Health at Work
Examine the characteristics and consequences of common types of mental ill-health within the workplace and their effects on an individual’s health and behaviour. You'll also cover employer obligations under health and safety and disability discrimination law / conventions, and the size of the mental health ‘problem’ within the working population.
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