HDipAppSc (Occupational Health and Safety)— full-time and part-time
College of Science
The objective of the programme is to provide graduates with a high quality qualification in the broad multidisciplinary area of occupational health and safety which will enable them to take on managerial responsibilities for these matters within an industry or to work with a regulatory agency or consultancy firm.
Graduates of the programme will receive a high quality qualification in the road multidisciplinary areas of occupational health & safety which will enable them to take on managerial responsibilities for these matters within an industry or to work with a regulatory agency or consultancy firm. They will also acquire the necessary skills to pursue further research in the areas of occupational health, ergonomics, occupational hygiene, and safety engineering.
The programme has been recognised by the Irish Health and Safety Authority and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of the U.K. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
The HDip programme is also a Bord Altranais Category 11 approved course which requires that nurses applying to undertake the programme, must have active registration in a division maintained by An Bord Altranais.
Students who have been offered a place on the programmes are eligible to apply to the BOHS Postgraduate Student Bursary Scheme.
The minimum entry requirement is a BSc (General) degree or the possession of a primary degree or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the College of Science for the purposes of this Diploma (e.g. RGN). Final selection may be made on the basis of an interview.
1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time
Next start date: September 2012
ECTS weighting: 60
Average intake: 20 full-time | 5 part-time
Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
Students will study specific health and safety topics such as occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics, safety and risk management, research methods, and legal studies. Students will also be exposed to relevant domain experts through seminars and work place site visits. The programme content is delivered using various teaching methods such as lectures, laboratory work, work place visits and research work.
Applications and selections
Places are allocated based on the outcome of an assessment of the online applications submitted. Consideration is given to academic performance, relevant past experience, and knowledge of the subject matter of Occupational Health & Safety. Applicants, at the discretion of the selection committee, may be invited to attend for personal interview and/or selection test.
Who teaches this course?
Ms. Martina Kelly, BA, HDipEd, MSc
Ms. Victoria Hogan, BA, MSc, CMIOSH
Mr. Enda Fallon, BE, MEngSc, MIEI, M.Erg.S, FIES
Dr. Kathryn Cormican, BBS, MBS (by research), PhD
Ms. Deirdre Callanan
Dr. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, MA, PhD, C.Psychol, AFBPs, C. Sci.
Dr. Jane Sixsmith, RGN, HV, BSc, MA, PhD
Dr. Michal Molcho, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Margaret Hodgins, MA, PhD
Requirements and assessment
Find out more
Dr Miriam Byrne
T: +353 91 493 394
The employment record of programme graduates is excellent. Graduates of the programme are in employed as Health and Safety Professionals, Health and Safety Managers, Health Promotion Officers, Occupational Hygienists, Ergonomists, and Health and Safety Engineers across a broad range of sectors including PharmaChem, Healthcare, Medical Device, Consulting Firms, Local Authorities, and Statutory Bodies in Ireland and abroad.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €5,965
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750
"I am currently studying for my higher diploma in Health & Safety and Hygiene. This course has opened my eyes to the vast opportunities available to me on completion, due to its multidisciplinary nature. Coming from a commerce background I was unsure and a little apprehensive about some of the modules if I am to be 100% honest, but I needn’t have worried. The lecturers and staff are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and most importantly approachable. Excellent access to course material, relevant practical work and hands on experience. Through exposure to relevant guest speakers and seminars there are significant networking opportunities available. Great friendships to be made.
I am looking forward to embarking on my future in health and safety and would highly recommend this course to future potential students."
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"I completed the HDipAppSc in 2008 after which I found employment in the pharmaceutical industry as an Occupational Hygienist. Having never worked in this sector I approached the role with a certain amount of trepidation but this was short lived. This course had provided me with necessary knowledge and skills to carry out all my duties and responsibilites. Each of the topics I studied play a part in my job and will do in my future career. The course successfully provides students with the fundamentals of each of the multidisciplinary areas of the Health and Safety industry which I personally have found to be invaluable."