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. 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. 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.
Students who have been offered a place on the programmes are eligible to apply to the BOHS Postgraduate Student Bursary Scheme.
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 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 through work place site visits.
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.
Members of the EHS Team Medtronic Galway, attending the 21st Anniversary Conference in June 2013
Eadaoin Guilfoyle, Deirdre Ní Loideain, Padraic Leonard and Catherine Kinsella EHS Manager Medtronic Cardiovascular Galway.
All are past graduates of the Occupational Health and Safety programmes.
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
"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 was 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 upskill 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."
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"After working for a few years in the field of environmental monitoring and compliance I completed the MSc in order to increase my career opportunities. I found the course very enjoyable and challenging, covering a wide variety of subjects with a good mix of theoretical and practical sessions. The lecturers were knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. I completed my thesis in the area of occupational hygiene, during which I had the opportunity to travel to the US to undertake the practical section of my project. I now work as an Occupational Hygiene Consultant in the UK, a fulfilling role which gives me further opportunity to travel throughout the UK and Europe, visiting a wide range of workplaces, assisting clients to identify workplace hazards, quantify risks and develop effective control measures, in order to protect the health and safety of their workforce."
"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."