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 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 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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary 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 2016

Entry points(2015): 315

A Level Grades (2015): BCC or equivalent combination

Average intake: 28

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

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. 

Find out more

Dr Victoria Hogan
Programme Director
T 353 (0)91 493 465

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,268 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - 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.


Isabel Delaney

(BSc Health & Safety Systems, 2015)

Graduate Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Advisor at Costain Group PLC, UK – Water Sector

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.

Sandra McDonnell

(BSc Health & Safety Systems, 2008)

Operational Excellence Lead at the Channelle Group

After completing the BSc Health & Safety Systems in 2008, I was successful in my application for the Abbott Professional Development Program (PDP). This is an award winning, highly selective program. I believe that the broad base of modules and five month work placement gained from my degree gave me a competitive advantage in being accepted to the PDP and my subsequent career. I started in Abbott Diagnostics in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Dept. Recently, I have moved to a pharmaceutical company called Channelle. This is an exciting and challenging  role where I am responsible for implementing a lean strategy and developing the Continuous Improvement Culture across the site.

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..."