Bachelor of Science (Health and Safety Systems)

College of Science

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Health and Safety Systems

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What our students say
Studying Health and Safety Systems

Course overview

The BSc (Health and Safety Systems) is a workplace-oriented, multidisciplinary programme where students receive tuition in subjects such as ergonomics, health promotion, physics, law, chemistry, anatomy, management and mathematics among others. The programme provides students with the knowledge and tools to have a rewarding career in ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of people at work by improving their work environment. Students will learn about the basic sciences, health sciences, human sciences, technology and regulatory affairs.

You will get to meet health and safety practitioners and experience life as a health and safety professional by completing a formal work experience element through the third-year placement programme, the Professional Experience Programme (PEP). At this stage, you will have acquired in-depth knowledge and technical skills which can be applied directly to the workplace, as well as having developed written and oral communication skills.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O 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.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 305 - 455

A Level Grades (2013): CCB (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 30

Course outline

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Communications and Computing
  • Introduction to Safety & Risk
  • Introduction to Health & Safety Law

Year 2

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Human Body Function
  • Statistics
  • Health and Safety Law
  • Physics of the Environment
  • Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Operations Systems and Safety Technology
  • Health and Safety Practice

Year 3

  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Legal Studies
  • Safety Systems Design
  • Ergonomic Design of the Workplace
  • Safety and Construction
  • Professional Experience Programme (PEP)

Year 4

  • Information Systems Ergonomics
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Health and the Work Environment
  • Human and Systems Reliability
  • Regulatory Affairs and Case Studies
  • Health and Safety Project

Further education

Honours graduates can pursue higher degrees in a wide range of related disciplines.

Find out more

The College of Science
T 353 (0)91 493 418
F 353 (0)91 494 578
E martina.kelly@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/science

CAO code

GY313

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Laura Gibbons

BSc (Health and Safety Systems)

"...I chose Health and Safety as I enjoy working both in the office and outdoors. I am happy with my role as it is now a necessity in every workplace. It applies to all types of business, which gives me the option to change the type of work I do, in the future. Also, as health and safety practice is growing if I wish to travel, I will be able to secure employment in other countries..."