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Environmental Health and Safety
The BSc in Environmental Health and Safety is a multidisciplinary programme that examines the relationship between workplace factors and human health, safety and well-being. Students study subjects including the basic sciences, health sciences, engineering, law and regulatory affairs among others. The programme is designed to meet the needs of industry and provides students with a high quality qualification in the multidisciplinary area of Environmental Health and Safety. It enables students to work across all sectors as occupational and environmental health & safety professionals. There is continuous demand for such graduates across all sectors.
This programme offers the opportunity to experience life as a health and safety professional as all students complete a five month work placement in industry during third year. This placement allows students to further develop their knowledge and apply their technical skills within the workplace.
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Who Teaches this Course
The BSc Environmental Health and Safety programme is truly multidisciplinary and modules are taught by academic staff From the School of Physics, Engineering, Health Sciences and Law. Lecturers include:
- Dr Marie Coggins - Teaching and research profile
- Dr Martina Kelly -Teaching and Research Profile
- Dr Victoria Hogan -Teaching and Research Profile
- Mr Enda Fallon -Teaching and Research Profile
- Dr Pat Donnellan -Teaching and Research Profile
- Dr Miriam Byrne -Teaching and Research Profile
- Ms Deirdre Callanan -Teaching and Research Profile
- Dr Lisa Pursell -Teaching and Research Profile
- Dr Ioanna Tourkochoriti -Teaching and Research Profile
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes
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A Level Grades (2021)
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Mode of study
• Communications and Computing
• Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
• Introduction to Law
• Human Gross Anatomy
• Health and Safety Physiology
• Introduction to Biostatistics
• Health and Safety Law
• Physics of the Environment
• Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
• Microbes and the Environment
• Fundamentals of Operations Engineering
• Safety System Design
• Environmental Health and Safety Practice
• Occupational Health and Well-Being
• Exposure Science
• Research Methods for Occupational Health and Safety
• Environmental Health and Safety Law
• Project Management
• Ergonomic Design of the Workplace
• Safety and Construction
• Quality Systems
• Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing
•Health and the Work Environment
• Case Studies
• Information Systems Ergonomics
• Professional Experience Report
• Human Reliability
• Health and Safety Project
First year students will study some of the basic fundamental science subjects e.g. Biology, Chemistry and Physics and also Mathematics. It is important to obtain a solid foundation in the general scientific skills and concepts in first year, as they under pin many of the applied Environmental Health and Safety subjects taught in later years.
An introduction to more applied Environmental Health and Safety specific topics are also taught in 1st year, e.g. Introduction in Environmental Health & Safety risk and also Introduction to law.
In second year, the programme modules start to become more applied to the specialist area of Environmental Health and Safety. Students will study Engineering, Science, Health Science and Law Modules.
Third year modules are more focused on the core area of Environmental Health and Safety, with a strong focus on practice. Students also get an opportunity to complete laboratory practicals and learn new skills relevant to practice. Invited guest lecturers contribute to many of the modules in 3rd year, which brings an interesting practical insight to many of the subject areas.
Fourth year is the highlight of the programme for many, as students complete a seven month work placement in a real workplace! The provision of a structured period of relevant work experience provides an opportunity to integrate prior classroom learning and work. The work placement is organised by the University placement Office. Students complete their work placement in a range of sectors both public and private sector, for example, medical device, chemical, manufacturing, food sector, regulatory etc
Students also complete their final year project in final year, for many this is completed with the placement host organisation.
Graduates of the programme may choose to pursue Masters, Higher Diploma and/or PhD programmes in a wide range of disciplines including Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Health, Ergonomics, Management, Safety & Risk Management, Fire Safety, etc.
Why Choose This Course?
There is continuous demand for occupational health and safety graduates as all organisations have legal duties and regulatory requirements with which they must comply. The course provides students with skills necessary to undertake occupational, environmental and quality roles in industry.
The programme has an excellent employment record. Graduates of the programme are mainly employed as Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, with some choosing careers in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Management. The main employment sectors include manufacturing, consultancy, construction and energy, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries, as well as regulatory and public bodies.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and graduates have the opportunity to work nationally and internationally.
Who’s Suited to This Course
In the third year of the programme, students participate in a seven month paid work placement (PEP) in industry, which is organised through the University Placement Office. During this time, students work under the supervision of a health and safety professional and gain valuable practical experience.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
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Dr. Marie Coggins
T: 353 (0) 91 495056
What Our Students Say
Eoghan Dobey | Enterprise Risk Officer, State Claims Agency
The programme is a diverse and challenging learning opportunity in which I developed my personal as well as professional skills. The programme extensively covers the systems, regulations and procedures intended to protect the health and safety of individuals. Placement and the final year project were fantastic learning experiences where I received great exposure to how health and safety is provided for in the working environment. Since completing the programme I have begun a role with the State Claims agency as an Enterprise Risk Officer where I am responsible for advising and assisting a range of state authorities and healthcare enterprises on their health and safety risk management with the aim of reducing future claims and litigation and where claims arise, manage them to contain the State’s liability and associated expenses.
Lisa Fitzpatrick | Industrial Hygiene / Safety Engineer at Intel Corporation
I chose to study Environmental Health and Safety in NUI Galway, as I wanted a career that combined science with people. There is a broad range of science modules studied throughout the course with modules from other disciples including law and engineering. I am now working in Intel as an Industrial Hygiene / Safety Engineer. The role is really challenging and fast-paced. I am passionate about EHS and this course will appeal to you if you have a genuine interest in the safety, health and well-being of others.
Isabel Delaney | Health and Environmental (SHE) Advisor at Costain Group PLC
I am in my current graduate position because of the wide range of subjects studied on the BSc Health & Safety Systems, the invaluable placement experience, organised student recruitment events and the continued support, advice and guidance from lecturers. I love my job and the career pathway I chose at NUIG. This course prepares you for employment while also offering a diverse range of career opportunities, within many different industries all over the world. I valued every aspect to this course as it allowed me to obtain practical and theoretical knowledge which could be applied during work experience, and this is highly regarded by employers today.