MSc (Occupational Health and Safety)—full-time and part-time

College of Science

Course overview

The Masters programme is multidisciplinary in nature, involving contributions from The Colleges of Science, Business and Public Policy and Law, Engineering and Informatics and 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.

The objective of the programme is to provide graduates with a high quality qualification in the broad multidisciplinary area of occupational health and safety which will enable them to take on managerial responsibilities for these matters within an industry or to work with a regulatory agency or consultancy firm.


The programme is recognised by the Irish Health and Safety Authority and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of the U.K. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).


The MSc 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.


Funding opportunity
Students who have been offered a place on the programmes are eligible to apply to the BOHS Postgraduate Student Bursary Scheme.

Key facts

Entry requirements

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.

Duration: 1 year, full-time; 2 years part-time

Next start date: September 2012

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15, full-time; 5 part-time

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

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.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

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?

Dr. Marie Coggins BSc, MSc, PhD, LFOH
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

Laboratory practicals, continuous assessment, written examinations, project in occupational health and safety.

Find out more

Dr Miriam Byrne
T: +353 91 493 394

PAC code

GYS12 (full-time)
GYS25 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

Fees for courses

Current students

Janet Thompson

"I studied my degree course in Dublin and so didn’t know what to expect in NUIG.  Needn’t have worried—fun class, great lecturers and helpful staff, challenging, informative. This is a course suitable for many backgrounds. My background is science but others in the class were arts, commerce, construction and engineering. The course opens doors to many career opportunities in Health and Safety, which is an important feature in business today."


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Past students

Tara Dennis

"Af ter 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."