Safety, Health and Environment



Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (DETC) as having cognate degree status


Vocational orientation and substantial input from professional practitioners


Interdisciplinary and flexible study



Course Summary

The course aims to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health for students from diverse backgrounds and to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.


The successful completion of this course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course also develops your critical and analytical powers in relation to SHE.

The course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions.


Course Details

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental regulation and occupational health.


The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health, safety and environment professionals in the 21st Century.

Modules address the existing and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk.


A feature of the course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.

The course comprises of four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation. Within the full-time course three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options.


For part-time students the taught components spans two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module.



Part-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Risk: Perception and Management (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Research and Professional Practice (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Techniques for Environmental Assessment (30 credits)

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (30 credits)


  • Management of Occupational Health and Safety (30 credits)

Year 3, Semesters 1 and 2

  • Dissertation (60 credits)



Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time £6,500
Part-time £1,083 per 30 credits
Full-time International £13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits
Full-time PgDip £4,332
Full-time PgCert £2,166

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time £7,380
Part-time £1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International £13,500


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.


We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)


The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.



English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken english, you might be interested in our English Language courses. International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)International Students are required by the



This course involves lectures, case studies, assignments and seminars. There are site visits to contextualize learning and there is a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers.




Research & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Project & Learning portfolio (100%)  
Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits)
Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)  
Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits)
Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)          
Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (optional) (30 credits)
Production of health education material (50%); Briefing report (50%)          
Management of Occupational Health and Safety (optional) (30 credits)
Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)  
Dissertation (60 credits)
Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)



Graduates of this course have found positions as safety, health and environmental managers in business, as environmental regulators and as SHE managers, safety consultancy and training working in fields as diverse as facilities management, construction and demolition, utilities, the civil service and engineering.

This course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector.   

This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within the industry.

Career Prospects


Alumni Profile


Links with Industry

This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities. Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problem for the dissertation component. You are encouraged to undertake voluntary work for which assistance is provided through personal development planning (PDP).

A feature of the course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry. External expert sessions add value to the vocationally oriented course. Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.

The course has links with the network of safety, health and environment professionals in the locally through Safety Groups UK which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities. 

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