GradDip Occupational Safety & Health

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The programme covers a range of multidisciplinary topics relevant to Occupational Safety and Health. Subjects covered include Legislation, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene, Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work, Chemical Safety and Toxicology and Safety Toxicology.
  • This part-time programme is designed to be completed over two full years (five semesters). September to July Year 1 and September to May Year 2.
  • Assignments, project work and self-directed learning are required during the summer semester between the two academic years of study.
  • Lectures will normally be held on Fridays (9 am - 5 pm) in Year 1 and on Tuesdays (9 am - 5 pm) in Year 2. 
  • Assessment strategies include continuous assessment, assignments, projects and examinations.

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.

Registered students will 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

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 any of the above opportunities is available at


Curricular information is subject to change

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 part-time and has multidisciplinary lecturers and students.


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

The purpose of the UCD Graduate Diploma 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, accessibility, research-focused, evidence-base, and professional relevance. This programme is offered 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

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
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Human and Organisational Behaviour at Work
  • Research Methods (OSH)
  • Chemical Safety and Toxicology
  • Safety Technology

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

GradDip Occupational Safety & Health (X375) Part Time
EU          fee per credit - € 98
nonEU    fee per credit - € 146

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is 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.

  • 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 be in full or part time employment

  • You should have at least three years work experience at the time of application
  • 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:

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 this programme will close August 19th 2019.