About This Course
24 Months Part-time
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
€7,130; €4,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,000 (Year 2 Part-time)
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Not currently open to Non-EU applicants
See Requirements for full details.
Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022.
12 September 2022
Our MSc Occupational Health is a part-time blended learning programme offered by the School of Public Health at University College Cork (UCC). We designed this programme to suit the demands of the busy professional with approximately 70% of the teaching delivered on campus and 30% of content delivered online.
The MSc in Occupational Health will give you the expertise and key skills required to effectively address health & safety issues in all workplaces and promote employees’ wellbeing. This multidisciplinary course is delivered by academics, industry experts and professionals with national and international experience. Health and safety lie at the heart of an organisation’s commitment to its workforce and makes good business sense. Looking after the safety, health and wellbeing of employees help to reduce costs and build a healthy, resilient and motivated workforce.
We offer our students the opportunity to study modern, cutting-edge scientific concepts and research evidence on causation, prevention and management of work-related accidents, injury and disease and the promotion of physical and mental health and wellbeing. The programme incorporates the following subject areas:
This programme may be suitable for you if you are already working in occupational safety and health, or if you have a strong interest in occupational health and, have a primary degree in a related area. The course consists of three elements — formal course work, self-directed learning using case studies and project work leading to a thesis.
The programme comprises 90 credits taken over two years as follows:
|EH6008||Information Retrieval & Interpretation in Occupational Health||5|
|EH6015||Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace||10|
|EH6059||Principles of Psychosocial Epidemiology||5|
|EH6060||Risk Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Work Risks||5|
|EH6061||Applied Research for Occupational Health||5|
|LW6107||Legal Aspects of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare||5|
|AD6800||Training and Development Issues in Occupational Health||5|
|EH6017||Principles, Theory and Practical Application of Risk Assessment in the Workplace||10|
|EH6041||Psychology Applied to Occupational Health and Safety||5|
|EH6062||Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Dissertation||30|
Plus one elective module from the following, subject to availability:
|EH6000||Implementation Science in Health||5|
|EH6130||Critical Appraisal of Publications for Research and Practice||5|
|EH6140||Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease||5|
|EH6159||Health Promotion II||5|
On successful completion of this MSc programme, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including occupational medicine, epidemiology, psychology, public health, law and training and development;
- Practise measures to prevent disease and injury, and to protect and promote health and safety in occupational settings;
- Perform risk assessments in the workplace including psychosocial risk factors;
- Identify the role of psychology in improving the quality of work-life and develop basic skills to protect and promote the safety, health and well-being of workers;
- Employ skills to critically appraise publications and statistics and stay up-to-date with the newest research evidence;
- Discuss the wider aspects of health protection;
- Apply research evidence into occupational health and safety interventions and health promotion strategies by taking relevant legislation into account;
- Design occupational health training and development programmes in line with organisational policy;
- Carry out a focussed piece of scholarly research and health and safety programme evaluation.
See the Postgraduate College Calendar (MSc Occupational Health) for full course details.
Fitness to Practise
This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This part-time MSc programme will be taught on most Monday and Thursday evenings from 6.15 pm to 9.15 pm for 18 months followed by a self-directed and supervised research activity over two years.
Our multi-faceted delivery of content includes online teaching and learning components, such as pre-recorded and live online delivery of lectures, tutorials, practical lab work (IT), interactive seminars, student presentations, online discussion boards and online activities including quizzes and interactive case studies.
Typically we will deliver approximately 70% of the teaching on campus and 30% online.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
There will be continuous assessments through oral presentations, online discussion boards, online activities, group work and written essays. During Year 2, you will be required to undertake a group project and a reflective case study. An important aspect of this year is the formulation of a research project. The thesis assessment will involve submitting a dissertation and a journalistic article based on your dissertation.
Who teaches this course?
- Professor Ivan Perry, Head of School of Public Health, UCC
- Dr Christie Godsmark, School of Public Health, UCC
- Ms Colette Cunningham, School of Public Health, UCC
- Prof John Gallagher, School of Public Health, Cognate Health, Health Services Executive Southern Area
- Dr Susan Hill, Consultant Occupational Physician, Cognate Health
- Prof Ella Arensman, School of Public Health, UCC and NSRF
- Dr Caleb Leduc, School of Public Health, UCC and NSRF
- Dr Dan Gallagher, EHA Soft Solutions
- Dr Sara Leitao, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, UCC
- Dr Dervla Hogan, School of Public Health, UCC
- Patricia Murray, Psychologist, Health and Safety Authority Dublin
- Frank Power, Ergonomist, Health and Safety Authority Dublin
- Una Feeney, Occupational Health and Wellness Consultant, Ely Lilly, Kinsale
- Guest lecturers from the community of health and safety professionals
Why Choose This Course
This course offers you the opportunity to study ‘classical’ occupational health and safety issues, together with contemporary approaches that integrate and strategically combine workplace health and safety prevention with health and wellbeing promotion.
A particular focus of this course is on the management of psychosocial risks and work stress which constitutes a growing concern for health, safety, and wellbeing in industry and the private sector. Looking after the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees helps to reduce costs and build a healthy, resilient, and motivated workforce and is, therefore, a very attractive programme for employers to promote.
The interactive format of the teaching sessions helps student networking, and the sharing of knowledge and practical experience. In several modules, you will work with practical case studies, engage in project work and reflective inquiry. There is an opportunity to specialise in one area of occupational health by choosing a 5-credit elective module.
Throughout the course, you will be invited to masterclasses held by experts in the field. The experience and expertise of our previous graduates are also deployed through lecturing, mentoring new students, and student tutoring. We support our MSc students to professionally engage in health and safety practice and research and to provide leadership to others. The course offers the opportunity to professionally network face-to-face with local academic and industry health and safety experts.
The flexible scheduling of this programme facilitates an easier combination of course engagement for your personal or/and professional life.
Skills and Careers Information
There is a continuous demand for experts trained in the area of occupational health, safety and wellbeing across all sectors of work with many career opportunities. The course encourages a proactive approach in assessing and controlling both physical and psychosocial work hazards in an effort to prevent disease, injuries, and accidents at work; to promote health and wellbeing, and to create safe and healthy work cultures and conditions.
After completion of this MSc in Occupational Health, some of the many career options open to you include work in the following areas: consulting; Health and Safety Authority; Health Service Executive; human factors-ergonomics; safety engineering; human resources; welfare; managerial responsibilities in industry or public sector; occupational health care specialist responsibilities; academia including research and lecturing.
Candidates for the MSc programme in Occupational Health must meet one of the following criteria:
- A Level 8 honours primary degree (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in a relevant area, e.g. health-related (Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Environmental Health, Psychology/Behavioural Science, Physiotherapy); Engineering and Human Resource Management and relevant professional experience¹ or work placement in an associated Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare area;
- A minimum of a Diploma/Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1), from UCC, or an equivalent qualification² from another Institution (Level 8 Diploma, minimum second class honours, grade 1) and a minimum of two years relevant professional work experience¹ in an area associated with Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare;
- Applicants with a minimum of three years' professional work experience in an associated area¹ of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare may be invited for an interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme, under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
¹Relevant professional work experience, job title examples: Health and Safety Officers/Advisors/Managers/Coordinators; Environmental Safety Officers/Managers; Safety Engineers, Health Promotion Officers; HR Officers/Managers; Occupational Health Nurses, Health Scientists, Professional Trainers, Health and Safety Consultants.
²Level 8 examples: Diploma/Higher Diploma/International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety; Diploma in Environment Management, Diploma in Health Promotion, Diploma in Learning, Development and Work-based Training.
To access and interact with the online course content and assignments, students will require access to at least a PC/Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards-compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €7,130; €4,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,000 (Year 2 Part-time) .
The Non-EU fee for this course is Not currently open to Non-EU applicants .
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
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How Do I Apply
1. Apply online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
2. Gather supporting documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
3. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
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Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is viewable here - Supplementary Questions - MSc Occupational Health (Campus Based) CKX06.