MSc (Occupational Health and Safety)—full-time and part-time
HDipAppSc (Occupational Health and Safety)—full-time and part-time
College of Science
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. We celebrated 21 years in 2013 and are now the longest running Occupational Health and Safety programme in Ireland.
In 2013 we completed a graduate employability study, looking at where students who graduated in 2006 - 2012 found employment. The employment record was excellent and of the 85% of graduates that were contactable almost 100% had found employment. Graduates are employed as Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, Safety Professionals, Occupational Hygienists, Ergonomists, Occupational Health Nurses, and Safety Advisors in a wide range of sectors in Ireland and abroad.
The Masters/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. Over the years we have built up expertise and state of the art teaching facilities where students study topics such as occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics, safety and risk management, research methods, and legal studies.
Graduates of the programme will receive a high quality qualification in occupational health & safety which will enable them to take on managerial responsibilities for these matters within an industry, a regulatory agency or consultancy firm. They will also acquire the necessary skills to pursue further research in the area.
The programme is recognised by the Irish Health and Safety Authority and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of the UK Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the British Occupational Hygience Society (BOHS).
The MSc/HDip programme is also a Bord Altranais Category 11 approved course approved course which requires that nurses applying to undertake the programme, must have active registration in a division maintained by An Bord Altranais.
MSc: open to students who have obtained an Honours BSc degree or its equivalent as determined by the College of Science, in an appropriate discipline. Students without an adequate academic background but with relevant work experience may be required to attend for interview. As both programmes including the HDip are approved as Bord Altranais Category 11 courses, nurses applying to undertake either programme must have active registration in a division maintained by An Bord Altranais.
Applications from graduates of the HDip (Occupational Health and Safety), wishing to complete the the MSc (Occupational Health and Safety), will be considered from graduates who obtained minimum H2.2, and who have relevant work experience.
HDip: 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 2014
ECTS weighting: 90 MSc, 60 HDip
Average intake: 15 full-time; 5 part-time
Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.
Students are also required to undertake advanced studies in one of the subject areas, to prepare them for their minor research thesis. The programme content is delivered using various teaching methods such as lectures, laboratory work, work place visits and a minor research thesis.
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 BA, 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
GYS12 (full-time), GYS25 (part-time) MSc
GYS17 (full-time), GYS24 (part-time) HDip
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €6,815 MSc, €5,965 HDip
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750
Celebrating over 21 years
Olivia Carty - MSc Occupational Health and Safety, 2013-14
"I am currently studying the MSc in Occupational Health and Safety (part-time). After completing my primary degree in Environmental Science, I worked for a number of years as an Environmental and Safety Engineer in Henkel Loctite, Tallaght from 2003–2005. I found myself gravitating towards health and safety projects, in the companies where I worked.
After a number of years out of the field while I took care of my young family. I was looking for the opportunity to up skill in the Health and Safety area, while keeping my current job. This course is perfect for working people, the course runs two days a week and I find the content relevant and interesting. All areas of this broad and dynamic field are dealt with, allowing graduates to feel confident in whichever sector they find Health and Safety work."
Mary Duggan - HDipAppSc Occupational Health and Safety, 2013-14
"I am currently studying the Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (full-time). I have an interest in the psychological factors that play a role in health and safety practices at work. I have a BA Honours Degree in Political Science & Sociology and Psychology from NUI Galway, together with several years experience working as an Executive Assistant for a number of blue chip companies in the UK where I had some input into their health and safety policies.
This course is very interesting and I am confident that I am gaining expert knowledge and skills which will enable me to carry out a future role effectively in this area. The lecturers are most helpful and it’s obvious that they are experts in their fields. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to other prospective students."
Download taught and research
"Since qualifying as a General Nurse I had worked in a variety of healthcare environments. My area of specialisation was Emergency Nursing where I cared for patients in the critical or emergency phase of an illness or trauma. During my time working in the acute hospital environment I felt that health promotion at an occupational level was particularly important to the prevention and early detection of serious illness. In 2007 I completed my MSc in Occupational Health & Safety and Ergonomics at NUIG in order to train as an Occupational Health Nurse. I found the course extremely enjoyable and interesting, it was challenging at times but with the support and assistance from the lecturers it was made easier. I currently work as an Occupational Health Nurse in a major pharmaceutical company in Cork, where I am responsible for the day to day management of the occupational health centre. I see the workplace as an ideal setting where health promotion can be most effective in the prevention of both work and non-work related employee illness. The knowledge and experience that I gained during my year studying at NUIG was invaluable and has provided me with the necessary foundation to develop my career to date. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to enhance their skills set and further their job opportunities."