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

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Course Overview

Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting. The programme aims to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills, competencies and ability to reflect and learn from their own professional practice. There is a strong emphasis on students' own practice, and students are encouraged to base their studies on the issues and situations they face in their own field.

Course Content

The aim of the programme is to develop reflective occupational health, safety and wellbeing practitioners able to understand, develop, implement and monitor both, traditional safety concepts and contemporary health and wellbeing strategies and interventions in the context of the 21st century occupational health environment. The programme is intended to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills, competencies and ability to reflect and learn from their own professional practice.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete the following modules:

  • Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): Examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and evaluate their impact on the management of workplace hazards.
  • Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): 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.
  • 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
  • Management of Occupational Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits): Formulate appropriate control strategies and interventions to effectively manage a range of health and wellbeing issues across a variety of environments.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, students undertake the above modules, plus the following core modules:

  •  Individual & Organisational Change H&S (10 Credits): Appraise factors which influence organisational response to the management and performance of health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Management of Safety Performance (20 Credits): Identify and appraise proactive and reactive approaches to managing, monitoring, reviewing and auditing safety performance in the workplace.
  • Reflecting on Professional Development (10 Credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional development.
  • Developing Health Safety and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): Enable students to integrate conceptual frameworks, policies and approaches to intervention through the development of a multidisciplinary intervention on an identified occupational health, safety & wellbeing issue.

To obtain the MSc, students must also complete a Dissertation (60 credits):

  • Research Project (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

All of the above modules have been mapped against Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework 2013.

Employability & Careers

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of occupational health, safety and wellbeing practitioners, professionals and others working to achieve a more holistic approach to occupational health, safety and wellbeing management. The programme is aimed at anyone with an interest in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health, safety and wellbeing strategies and interventions which encourage a proactive approach to improving employee engagement, health, safety and wellbeing.

We welcome applicants from all sectors: public, private and the voluntary & independent sector. The programme retains an international focus, addressing occupational health, safety and wellbeing issues faced around the world, as well as in Wales and the UK.

Students who successfully complete the MSc programme will be eligible for Graduate membership of IOSH and will subsequently be able to begin the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage of their progression to gaining Chartered status.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold an initial degree in a discipline relating to occupational health, safety and wellbeing. However, candidates with other relevant qualifications and experience will be considered if they are able to meet the 'relevant experience' criterion below.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate practical and/or contextual knowledge of all the basic 'learning objectives' defined within the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation framework.

Candidates may meet this criterion by:
a) Demonstrating a minimum of 2 years experience in a relevant setting.
b) Providing evidence of recent completion of cognate degree at a high standard, i.e. 2.1 or first.

For candidates who enter via route b) progression to study the later aspects of the programme that comprise the PgDip/MSc awards would be conditional on obtaining relevant experience (paid or otherwise) during the period of part-time study for the PgCert.

Key Facts

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

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
The duration of the programme is one to three years depending upon the chosen route and exit point.

Modes of Study:
Attendance for taught modules:
Year 1: Every Tuesday evening throughout term one and two (Sept to Dec and Jan to April)

Year 2: Every Thursday afternoon and eveningthroughout term one and two

In addition, students will attend research workshops* and be allocated supervision time for the award of MSc.

*SHS7000 Applied Research Methods & Design is currently delivered as a blended learning module over four contact days in year 1, a Friday and Saturday in term 1 (October) and a Friday and Saturday in term 2 (February), supported by E-learning materials and activities.

Part time students: Year one (PgC) / Year two (PgD) / Year three – Research project (MSc)
Full time students: Year one (PgC/PgD) / Year two – Research project (MSc)

Please note research projects may be completed in the UK or abroad depending upon student choice.

Students can also study individual modules on a CPD basis – for more information please contact the Programme Director

The programme is assessed by coursework only. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, oral presentations, group work and posters. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Selection Procedure: Candidates will need to meet the admissions criteria. Selection is initially by way of an application form, although applicants may be interviewed.

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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Stuart Scott
Tel: 029 2041 6860

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website