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Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics (MApplSc)
The aim of this Master’s programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for a career in Occupational Health and Safety and/or Ergonomics. The programme is open to a range of candidates, including recent graduates, those with a primary qualification in Occupational Health and Safety and/or Ergonomics or a related area, and professionals wishing to add to their qualifications. This programme recognises prior academic achievement in relevant areas.
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
Mr. Enda Fallon,
Senior Lecturer in Industrial Engineering,
Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering and Informatics
T: +353 91 492 745
Requirements and Assessment
Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May.
A range of assessment methods are integrated and applied through-out the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies.
The MApplSc programme is open to individuals who have an honours degree from a recognised university or third-level college or a pass degree with at least three years’ relevant experience that is acceptable to Engineering and Informatics.
1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Please refer to the review/closing date website.
Mode of study
1AP1, full-time | 1AP2, part-time
Candidates must complete at least four and up to six courses from a list of subjects provided. Courses include:
- Human and Systems Reliability
- Occupational Hygiene
- Quality Management
- Safety and Risk Management
- Research Methods
- Legal Studies
- Management Studies
- Quality Engineering
- Regulatory Affairs
In addition, candidates must submit their year’s work, which will be continuously assessed, and candidates are required to write a research thesis on a topic agreed and approved by their supervisor
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.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional ME353: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IE586: Years Work (Industrial) - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE309: Operations Research - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE602: Thesis (Industrial) - 60 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME431: Systems Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE450: Lean Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE342: Safety Systems Design - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE448: Safety & Construction - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE417: Ergonomic Design of the Workplace - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE607: Thesis (Industrial) - 45 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE595: Thesis (Industrial) - Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE594: Thesis (Industrial) - Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE593: Thesis (Industrial) - Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE650: Industrial Engineering - 0 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional HP832: Research Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT511: Databases - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE520: Ergonomics - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional HP501: Occupational Health - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EP505: Occupational Hygiene - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE591: Thesis (Industrial) - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE592: Thesis (Industrial) - Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE581: Management Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE578: Research Reports - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME522: Operations Management - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IE319: Operations Strategy - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IE345: Logistics and Transportation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IE444: Human & Systems Reliability - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME572: Human Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG576: Change Management - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW501: Legal Studies - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IE522: Safety And Risk Management - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CT503: Software Engineering - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates have found employment in workplaces ranging from project engineering, hi-tech manufacturing engineering, regulatory bodies, healthcare and the services sector. Typical job titles include: Safety Engineer, Safety and Risk Specialist, Risk Manager, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Ergonomics Health and Safety Consultant, Health and Safety Officer; Environmental Health and Safety Officer.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
For EU students only 2020/21:
1AP1 full time EU €7,450; 1AP2; part-time EU €3,780 p.a.
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
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