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Faculty of Science and Engineering

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

Postgraduate - Taught MSc/MRes

Open for admission in 2020/21

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. They 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. This experience is enhanced by the final research-based dissertation.

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 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. 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 (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.

  • Literature Review

    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.

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

  • Advanced Health and Safety Risk Management

    Topics include the content, structure, scope and implementation of ISO 31000:2009 and BS 31100:2011, as well as the role and importance of leadership in health and safety management.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Health and Safety Management

    Study the principles of social responsibility and transparency. And consider the balance between accountability, ethical behaviour, stakeholder interests and the rule of law. You'll also examine customer and supplier relationships, and employment relationships.

Optional modules are themed around

  • 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.

  • Flood Risk Management

    Explore the different types of flooding, the impact of flooding on people and property, and flood defences such as land use management and sustainable drainage systems, working with natural processes, channel works, banks, barriers, pumping stations and managed realignment of banks.

Our teaching staff

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.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International (part-time): £8,000

The International fees shown are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

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.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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 should 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

There is one intake a year for the 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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 and employers in the Humber and Yorkshire area.