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Occupational Health Safety and Environment MSc

Occupational Health Safety and Environment MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Occupational Health

Course type


Course Summary


On this course, you’ll explore the scientific, health and psychosocial factors influencing health and safety in the 21st century.

You’ll study current and emerging legal and compliance issues, and consider the many factors that influence workplace safety and health, such as legionella, contaminated land and air quality.

You’ll learn how to formulate, implement and evaluate safety, health and environmental (SHE) management systems for an organisation, including concepts and techniques of occupational health and safety management.

Topics you’ll investigate include the principles and practices of risk management in the workplace, environmental protection and management, and the principal diseases of significance to public health.

You’ll develop your knowledge of hazard and operability analysis (HAZOP), major incident contingency plans (MICP), and occupational hygiene management. You’ll consider topics such as benchmarking safety and risk management and assessment of hazards, risks and dangers at work, including processes in the development and management of ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety management) standards.

As well as studying theory, you’ll have practical sessions. You’ll learn skills in how to identify, evidence and analyse concerns for safety at work, such as assessment and control of occupational risks that arise from exposure to hazards at work including noise levels and extreme working environments.


As a graduate, you’ll use your practical skills and academic knowledge to help ensure compliance with safety legislation and safety policies in a wide range of organisations, from large scale industries to small businesses.

You could develop your career in industries such as oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, or in relevant government departments.

Roles include occupational health and safety managers across all industry sectors, health and safety advisors, HSE auditors, and consultants. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

Different course options

Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This unit is based on UK environmental law principles but refers broadly to international law to offer detailed understanding of environmental risk management. The unit aims to equip the learner with the knowledge and decision making skills to take responsibility for the management of environmental risk at work and implement effective environmental management systems in an organisation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a relevant subject or significant proven experience in a relevant field.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more