HDipAppSc (Occupational Health and Safety)— full-time and part-time

College of Science

Course overview

Health and safety has become a major concern for society. Its growing significance is highlighted by increasing legislation and regulation at Irish, European and international levels. NUI Galway has been at the forefront of providing postgraduate education in the area of Occupational Health and Safety since the early 1990s.  The HDip programme is multidisciplinary in nature, involving contributions from The College of Science, The College of Business and Public Policy and Law, The College of Engineering and Informatics, and The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. 

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. 

Funding opportunity
Students who have been offered a place on the programmes are eligible to apply to the BOHS Postgraduate Student Bursary Scheme.

Key facts

Entry requirements

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.

Duration: 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

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The course consists of three elements: formal coursework; laboratory practical’s and continuous assessment; and a project in occupational health and safety. Students will study specific health and safety topics, such as Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene, Ergonomics, Safety and Risk Management, Legal Studies, Management studies and research methods. Students will be exposed to relevant domain experts through seminars, team-based projects and workplace visits.

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

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

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?

Dr. Marie Coggins, BSc, MSc, PhD, LFOH
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

Laboratory practicals, continuous assessment, written examinations, project in occupational health and safety.

Find out more

Dr Miriam Byrne
T: +353 91 493 394
E: miriam.byrne@nuigalway.ie


PAC code

GYS17, full-time
GYS24, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,965
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

Fees for courses

Current students

Tracey Murphy

"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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Past students

Mark Ryan

HDipAppSc (2008)

"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."