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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc/MRes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management (in partnership with NEBOSH)

Postgraduate - Taught MSc/MRes

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Part time
MSc/MRes 2 years

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-focused MSc or more research-focused MRes making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.

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Where you'll study

Distance learning

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Fees and funding

Home/EU (part-time): £3,640 (90 credits)

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International (part-time): £8,000

Fees are paid at the start of each year of these 2 year courses and the fees stated above are for the first year only.  Fees can change from year to year so the fee for the second year may be higher than that for the first year.

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. You also supplement learning with your own background reading. 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/or 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.

Both the MSc and MRes start with core modules relating to techniques for undertaking research:

  • Research Methods

    You’ll look at the techniques for undertaking postgraduate music research, including the use of IT, principles of descriptive bibliography, the acquisition of bibliographical control, and the methods of source-critical research.

  • Literature Reviews

  • Designing Research Projects

MSc students then study two core modules of their programme and one optional taught module

  • Advanced Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management

  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Health, Safety and Environmental Management

Optional modules are themed around

  • Disaster and Emergency Management

  • Safety Case Production and Assessment

  • Mental Health at Work

Cutting-edge facilities include synthesis laboratories, a state-of-the-art microscopy suite, NMR, microfluidic fabrication facilities and mass spectrometry facilities.

Industry links include projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

In the latest national assessment of research, 79% of our outputs were classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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Entry requirements

Either a science or management-based Bachelors degree (2:2) or equivalent, or one of the following:

  • NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Environmental Management or equivalent

Applicants should be practising health, safety and/or environmental professionals or be employed within an industrial or commercial environment and able to show that they can undertake health, safety and environmental based assignments and a research project at their workplace.

Application deadlines for MSc

1 intake a year for MSc in September: As this is a very popular programme and as places are limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. You can now apply for September 2019 start (our intake for September 2018 is now closed). We generally accept applications up to 8th September unless places fill sooner. Please note places for the September 2018 course were filled in March 2018, places may fill sooner for 2019.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

The programmes are completely employer-focused, using current employment as a research base in which to evidence the skills and experience obtained. Completing one of these courses will enable you to advise on and develop systems to improve health, safety and environmental performance of organisations at a strategic level.

Due to our consistent recognition for providing NEBOSH courses to a high standard, the University and our graduates have an excellent reputation with professionals in the Humber and Yorkshire area.