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Occupational Health and Safety Top-Up (MSc)
This one-year programme has been designed exclusively for graduate of the Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene who have relevant work experience in Occupational Health and Safety. Graduates are provided with an opportunity to complete the additional 30 credits (one module) required to upgrade their qualification to the MSc Occupational Health and Safety programme.
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Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Applicants must have successfully completed the Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene, and have relevant work experience.
1 year, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.
Mode of study
Students are required to complete a 30-credit module, which is delivered on campus over 5 days in Semester 1 and 2. Students must complete a research thesis over the summer period. There may be an opportunity to complete the thesis on a topic of relevance to the students employer.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.
Year 1 (30 Credits)
Required OH503: Research Thesis
OH503: Research Thesis
15 months long | Credits: 30
This module aims to allow students to develop specific skills and competencies to design and execute research work in occupational & Environmental health and safety
- Develop a research hypothesis
- Conduct a research literature review
- Select, refine and implement research methodologies
- Collect research data
- Analyse and interpret research data
- Communicate research data to scientific community
This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.
- Research (100%)
Lecturers / Tutors
- MIRIAM BYRNE: Research Profile
- DEIRDRE CALLANAN: Research Profile
- MARIE COGGINS: Research Profile
- ENDA FRANCIS FALLON: Research Profile
- VICTORIA HOGAN: Research Profile
- MARTINA KELLY: Research Profile
- ANNE O'GRADY: Research Profile
- LISA PURSELL: Research Profile
- JANE SIXSMITH: Research Profile
- Helena Martin: Research Profile
- "Health Sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method" by Jones & Bartlett Garrand, J.
- "Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches" by Creswell, J. W.
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc.
- "Human Factors Methods" by Human Factors Methods
- "Practical Guide for Engineering and Design" by Ashgate.
- "Applications of case study research" by Yin, R. K.
- "Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis. Ashgate." by Salmon, P., Stanton, N., Lenne, M., Jenkins, D., Rafferty, L. and Walker, G
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Why Choose This Course?
Occupational Health and Safety has become a prominent component of business and society and continues to be a growth area for employment. Graduates are qualified to apply for a range of roles including, Occupational Health Manager, Occupational Health and Safety professional, Environmental Health and Safety Professional/Manager, Occupational Health Nurse.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Student levy €105 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
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Dr Miriam Byrne
T: +353 91 493 394