Occupational Health and Safety Management
A Learning at Work Master's degree programme
Why take this course?
Whether you want to progress your career as an occupational health and safety practitioner or specialise in managing safety in fields such as construction, nuclear or oil and gas undertaking the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised accredited postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.
The University of Portsmouth has been offering courses in Health and Safety to serve industrial and professional needs in the UK and abroad since 1976.
Due to the flexible distance learning style of this course, we have students on oil rigs, on ships and submarines, in isolated locations in the UK and worldwide who study where they want, when they want, at a time and place to suit them.
What will I experience?
This is a unique course that allows you to tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects. Taught units ensure you cover the key learning required of today’s health and safety professional.
The remainder of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business.
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As the chartered body for health and safety professionals, IOSH is the largest professional health and safety organisation in the world. Once you have successfully completed this course, you can make an application to IOSH for Graduate membership.
Students also have the opportunity to work towards their Chartered status with IOSH through our unique professional development process
This qualification has provided me with a platform for career repositioning and the opportunity for progression.
James Adenuga, MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
- Flexible. Start: Sept, Jan.
- 2018 entry requirements
- A degree or equivalent. Other qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts, may also be acceptable. Applicants are usually working at a professional level. Applicants to the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management and the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management should have appropriate experience and proven aptitude in health and safety, a certificated professional/vocational qualification or an undergraduate degree or equivalent. If you do not hold a level 6 qualification you may be required to present evidence of your ability to study at level 6. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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Structure & Teaching
There is a great deal of flexibility in the time it takes you to complete your studies which will be dependent on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.
Students make up the academic required for their award through a combination of core taught units and work-based learning projects which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.
Your learning can be made up from:
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. You may already have a PgC/PgD and wish to top it up to an MSc. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
- Taught Units: You will study two core units which cover the essential learning required by today’s health and safety professionals: Management Essentials for Health and Safety: This unit aims to provide you with an appreciation of health and safety management and its integration into organisational management systems. You will develop knowledge and interpretation of the requirements and responsibilities imposed by laws in respect of occupational health and safety. You will also advance your understanding of risk management and reflect upon the relationship between human behaviour, culture and risk.
- Risk Management in Practice: This unit concerns the operational practice of health and safety by considering the potential risks, from both a health and safety perspective, and their subsequent assessment and control. The aim of the unit is to explore the potential hazards in a variety of industries both UK-based and international, and to develop strategies for the assessment and control of hazards associated with the workplace and working practices. Other optional taught units include Construction Safety, Ergonomics and Professional Development.
- Work-based Learning Projects: They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have included Process Safety Management in Oil and Gas, the Design of an LEV System, Managing Confined Space Entry, Control of Asbestos at Work.
How are you assessed?
Assessment for the taught units is solely based on the submission of written assignments. There are no examinations. For the work-based learning element of your programme we set the framework for your degree and assess your work, but you choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the standard appropriate to your award through a process of learning management.
Work-based learning allows you not only to gain the knowledge you need for your current role and future career aspirations, but the key transferable skills required by employers. We help you to become independent lifelong learners who feel confident in making sound professional judgements in the workplace.
Michelle Juchau, Learning Manager
I fully appreciate the implications of distance learning through first hand experience - remaining motivated in order to achieve study schedules after a day’s work and when other matters are pressing.
Facilities & Features
Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside your work and home life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will have three channels of support. Firstly, a Workplace Partner chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance and moral support as well as an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study and finally, a Learning Manager.
It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. You will be supported through our online virtual learning environment called Moodle. The Moodle environment will be a rich source of information - both formal and informal. You are directed towards independent study through selected activities including virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, providing you with the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students, podcasts and webinars.
Online tutorials and lectures will assist students with a variety of study skills and research methods. The Academic Skills Department are also on hand to support students with the requirements of academic writing. Although you are not required to study on campus throughout the course, you are invited to attend an induction session at the start of the programme and, of course, your graduation ceremony at the end. For those unable to attend induction in person, we provide an online induction course to get you off to the best start in your studies.
Tap into our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources including e-books and journals, which are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help. We have created a series of videos aimed to help you use the University Library resources and to search more effectively for the information you require for your research and assessments.
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
No matter what your situation or qualifications, this course is designed to ensure that your career in health and safety management is on a very sure footing. Our aim is to give you an excellent student experience focused on the knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce. The fact that many of our graduates now hold senior positions in industry attests to this. Previous graduates have pursued successful health and safety careers in, for example the Oil and Gas Industry, Construction, Local and National Governments, the Manufacturing sector and Film and Television.
Benefits to you
- Your existing knowledge counts towards the degree award
- You gain a university qualification without having to take a career break
- Learning through work-based projects reduces the amount of time you have to spend studying at home
- You learn what you need as you need it
- You can tailor the pace of learning to suit demands on your time
- Learning leads to professional recognition and career enhancement
Benefits to your employer
- Staff education brings commercial and strategic awareness
- Commercially valuable work projects are part of the learning programme
- The organisation gains knowledge of best practice and the latest technologies from work-based projects
- University tutors provide new knowledge and advice
- Better qualified staff enhance the organisation’s leadership position
- Staff who have been supported to gain Partnership qualifications show increased loyalty to their employers
- Employee motivation is increased as they develop their skills
How to apply
To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning on 023 9284 6260.
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