MSc Occupational Safety & Health

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

With society's focus increasingly on health, including workers’ health, the Centre for Safety and Health at Work (CSHW) will continue to meet the needs of industry using blended online platforms and flexible teaching programmes to cover key contemporary issues.

This MSc in OSH full-time programme is especially designed for graduates who have experience in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), who have not previously achieved a higher level qualification in the area.  At the end of the programme, you will have developed the ability to develop and implement health and safety management and risk management systems relevant to the OSH needs of their professional discipline; professional and academic writing skills; self-management and self-directive skills and research skills.

This MSc in OSH full-time programme is designed to be completed over one academic year (September to July). You will attend classes on weekdays and complete 90 credits over three semesters. Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects, examinations and a dissertation

Places are limited, so apply as early as possible. 

Careers & Employability

The programme is designed for graduates who have a professional interest, or growing responsibility, in the area of OSH. Our graduates can be found in national and global organisations across a number of industries. Many embark on careers as consultants and others are in senior positions in public and private sector industries.


Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is designed for working graduates who are engaged in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), who have not previously achieved a higher qualification in OSH. It is offered full-time and has multidisciplinary lecturers and students


Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes.

Coming to Ireland? Please see UCD International 's Information webpage 

Please note that applications for September Full Time intakes close on June 30th 2020.

The purpose of the UCD MSc in Occupational Safety and Health Programme is to educate graduates from cognate disciplines to proactively manage prevailing occupational safety and health risks, to design effective solutions and become leaders in embedding a health and safety culture in the working environment, and to use an evidence-base to integrate up-to-date health and safety principles, practice and legal frameworks into professional practice. 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 and small-group classes, group work and supervision.  Continuous assessment (formative and summative) is problem-based and work-situated, and end-of-module examinations are also held. This high quality programme is based on the values of adult-friendliness, work-relatedness, research-focused, evidence-base, and professional relevance. This programme can be taken full or part-time.

  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge of a wide range of subjects and disciplines relevant to safety and health in the work environment
  • Utilise advanced knowledge of OSH risk and risk potential in order to develop and implement risk control measures based on research evidence
  • Synthesise knowledge to identify and evaluate OSH hazards, use an appropriate methodology to carry out risk assessments in complex and new environments, and develop and implement safety management systems and policy
  • Be skilled in the identification, retrieval, synthesis, management and professional communication of relevant research-based OSH information to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Demonstrate autonomy and self-direction in applying up-to-date OSH principles and knowledge in new and unfamiliar environments
  • Be capable of being a leader in embedding a health and safety culture in the working environment (S, A) and contribute to corporate social responsibility
  • Identify an OSH research question, develop a research plan, collect and analyse data, using statistical techniques, and produce a report of their project in the form of a thesis

At the end of the programme, students wil have developed: 

  • the ability to develop, implement and continuously improve occupational safety and health management and risk management systems in the workplace, utilising:
    • professional and academic writing skills;
    •  self-management and self-directive skills;
    • research skills.

View All Modules Here

Modules include:

  • Safety and Health Legislation
  • Health and Safety Management
  • OSH Research Literature Review
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety and Health Policy
  • Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work
  • Research Methods (OSH)
  • Chemical Safety and Toxicology 
  • Safety Technology
  • Dissertation


Detailed information on individual modules is available on the UCD Course Search page.  



MSc Occupational Safety & Health (X373) Full Time
EU          fee per credit - € 102
nonEU    fee per credit - € 152

***Fees are subject to change

 Tuition fees for 2020/21 (See 'Graduate Taught Fees') are available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships. Fees are subject to annual increase. 

The MSc in OSH programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as the academic requirement for graduate membership. The MSc in OSH was most recently accredited by IOSH in 2019 and is due for reaccreditation in 2024. Successful completion of this programme qualifies you to apply for graduate membership of IOSH (UK) and, subject to experience and other entry requirements, you may become a chartered member of the Institute (CMIOSH) and use the title Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner. Further information about the application process is available at

Registered students will also be able to apply for OSH Student Membership, with a low nominal fee for part-time students. You will therefore 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

English Language Requirements

Candidates whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL. The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be submitted with the application.

In all cases the test results must not be more than 2 years old. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.

Candidates whose existing degree was obtained in a country where the official language of instruction is English may, at the request of the School, still be subject to the same requirements where English is not the candidate's first language.

The following are the English language tests and scores accepted by the School:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic): Minimum Overall Band Score of 7.0 with a result NOT LESS than 6.5 in EACH of the individual sections.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet Based Test: Minimum total score of 100 out of 120, with a score NOT LESS than 22 in Reading and Listening. NOT LESS than 26 in Speaking and NOT LESS than 24 in the test of written English.

Paper Based Test: Minimum total score of 600 with a score NOT LESS than 5.0 in the Test of Written English.

For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved, temporarily, the use of the Duolingo Test of English (DET) for the 2020 intake. A DET score of 120 will be accepted as an equivalent for IELTS overall score of 7.0.



  • You should normally be an honours graduate (2.1 or above) of an Irish level 8 degree, or international equivalent, in a cognate discipline.
  • You should normally have at least three years work experience at the time of application.
  • You should ideally have OSH work experience.
  • Priority is given to applicants who are active in Occupational Safety and Health.
  • You will be required to supply transcripts of your primary degree and the supporting documents at the time of your application. 


The following entry routes are available:

MSc Occupational Safety & Health FT (X373)
1 Years
Full Time

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

What must be provided with each application?

Your application will be reviewed when all the necessary documents are submitted, as long as they are received before the closing date. You will need to submit:

  • A CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • A personal statement of approximately 500 words. Your personal statement should focus on a) your interest in OSH, b) how you expect the programme will impact on your career and c) how you plan to balance your work, life and study commitments. (Please use these headings)
  • Copies of your degree parchments as well as full transcripts of your results.
  • You will need to provide original documents for verification prior to registration. Please visit UCD Registry webpage ( for further information.
  • If your first language is not English, you must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please note applications for the X373 MSc in OSH Full Time 2020/21 intake will close on June 30th 2020.