HDip Safety, Health and Well-Being at Work

Academic Year 2019/2020

UG Certificates & Diplomas (level 8 nfq)

The programme is suitable for persons with a professional interest in Safety and Health in the workplace, including safety advisors, managers, engineers, occupational hygienists, physicians and nurses.  The Higher Diploma is recognised by the UK Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as an academic qualification for granting Chartered Membership of the Institution.

Careers & Employability

On completion of this programme, successful candidates will have met the academic competency requirements to manage occupational safety and health in a variety of workplace settings. Work experience and additional professional qualifications will determine the level of competency for any individual professional.   Successful completion of the programme qualifies candidates to apply for graduate membership of IOSH (UK) and, subject to experience and other entry requirements, diplomates may become a chartered member of the Institute (CMIOSH) and use the title Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner. Further information on any of the above opportunities is available at http://www.iosh.co.uk

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

·         Applicants with educational qualifications of at least matriculation standard (Leaving Certificate with two honours, or equivalent) including demonstrable knowledge of Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

·         Working adults.

·         Priority is given to those active in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

·         Applicants must be at least 23 years of age and have at least 3 years work experience at the time of application.

·         Some applicants will be recommended to first undertake a foundation programme to ensure their success on the Higher Diploma programme (e.g. safety and health, study skills, return to learning, science or other access course). This will be decided on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the applicant's previous academic and professional qualifications and work experience.

 In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the matriculation requirements, but who have relevant work experience, may be considered on mature grounds. Such candidates must include a mature applicant portfolio to support their application. A portfolio would normally include evidence of successful completion of a course, which may approximate matriculation, and/or experience and training in OSH, and evidence of a good understanding of the basic sciences. Mature applicants must be working in the area of Occupational Safety and Health. If you are considering submitting a portfolio, contact the programme coordinator at 01-716 3420.

  • The Higher Diploma programme is designed to be completed over two full years (6 semesters), September to July each year
  • Lectures will normally be held on Fridays (9 am – 5 pm) in Stage 1 and on Tuesdays (9 am – 5 pm) in Stage 2
  • Programme assessment strategies are normally work-related and include continuous assessment, assignments, projects and examinations.  Assignments, project work and self-directed learning may be required during the summer semester between the two academic years of study and in the final summer semester at the end of the programme
  • You must pass Stage 1 before you can progress to Stage 2.

The purpose of the part-time UCD Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Work Programme is to provide the best educational experience for OSH practitioners in Ireland through a programme that aims to fulfil the academic competencies of Irish OSH legislation.  The ultimate aim is to produce high calibre, inquisitive and dynamic OSH professionals for the Irish and international workforce. Learning takes place in a class-room environment in UCD, with some online-learning interaction, through live face-to-face engagement with peers and leading experts, including academics, regulatory authorities and multidisciplinary industry experts. For working students, experiential learning and application of learning also takes place at work. Teaching methods include face-to-face lectures, student class participation exercises, small-group classes and group work. Continuous assessment (formative and summative) is solution-focused and evidence-based, and end-of-module examinations are also held. This high-quality programme is based on the values of student-support, adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, accessibility and professional relevance.

    This programme aims to fulfil the academic competency requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005. Accordingly all students upon completion of the programme will:

    • Have a general understanding of the issues; Can apply knowledge in practical situations;
    • Know when to call in specialist expertise;
    • Be able to identify and evaluate occupational health and safety hazards, carry out risk assessments, and develop and implement risk control measures;
    • Be able to advise management on, develop and implement safety management systems and policy;
    • Have the necessary skills to develop, implement and advise on safety, health and welfare procedures;
    • Be conversant in the identification, retrieval, management and communication of relevant information;
    • Be capable of coping with prevailing workplace hazards and providing effective solutions to protect workers’ health and safety; and
    • Have developed transferable skills, which permit them to become lifelong learners.



    View All Modules Here


    ·         OSH Professional Skills 1

    ·         Safety and Health Legislation

    ·         Health and Safety Management

    ·         Occupational Health

    ·         Occupational Hygiene

    ·         OSH Literature Review

    ·         Statistics in Health and Safety

    ·         Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work

    ·         OSH Professional Skills 2

    ·         Chemical Safety and Toxicology

    ·         Safety Technology

    HDip Safety, Health and Well-Being at Work (SHS5) Part Time
    EU          Year 1 - € 4170
    EU          Year 2 - € 4170 aa
    nonEU    Year 1 - € 12400
    nonEU    Year 2 - € 11900 aa

    aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
    ***Fees are subject to change

    As well as being eligible to apply for IOSH graduate membership on completion of the programme, registered students can apply for OSH Student Membership while studying. 

    There is a low nominal fee for part-time students. You will have immediate access to a range of benefits to help you enhance your career prospects and professional standing. These benefits include:

    o   events where you can start building their professional network and make high-quality connections

    o   careers and employability advice and support from experts

    o   access to a wealth of specialist technical knowledge

    o   and mentoring opportunities

    The following entry routes are available:

    HDip Safety, Health and Well-Being at Work PT (SHS5)
    Undergraduate Cert and Diploma
    2 Years
    Part Time

    You apply using the UCD online application system. Simply click on http://www.ucd.ie/apply and follow the instructions.You will be required to pay an online non-refundable application fee. 

    Please note closing date for applications is now extended to August 23rd 2019.  Completed applications received by midnight, August 23rd will be reviewed by the selection committee. 


    As part of your application, you submit the following online:

    ·         CV (maximum 2 pages).

    ·         Copies of leaving certificate (or equivalent) or post-leaving certificate diploma or degree parchments, as well as transcripts of associated results.

    ·         If you are applying on mature grounds, you must submit your mature student portfolio.

    ·         If your first language is not English, you must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

    Please note, your application will be reviewed when all the necessary documents are submitted, as long as they are received before the closing date.