Occupational Health MSc

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Course Code: CKX06 Part-time

Course Title: Occupational Health

College: Medicine and Health

Occupational Health

Duration: 18 months Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours for 18 months over 2 years.

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €2,925 per academic year; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €11,620

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements below.

Closing Date: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018/2019


The MSc in Occupational Health is an integrated course in occupational safety, health and welfare.

It will provide you with a multidisciplinary approach to occupational health including:

  • public health
  • occupational medicine and hygiene
  • psychology
  • law
  • risk assessment and management
  • training and development
  • ergonomics
  • epidemiology

It is suitable if you are already working in occupational safety and health, or if you have a strong interest in occupational health and a primary degree in a related area.

Course Details

The course consists of three elements — formal course work, self-directed learning using case studies and project work leading to a thesis.

The course will cover topics including:

  • health and safety management
  • research methods
  • disease prevention and health protection
  • health promotion
  • training and development issues
  • development and interpersonal skills in occupational settings
  • legal aspects of health and safety
  • risk assessment

Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits and complete a research dissertation (EH6062) to the value of 30 credits.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Year 1 

EH6008 Research Methods and Information Retrieval in Occupational Health (5 credits)
EH6015 Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace (10 credits)
EH6041 Psychology Applied to Occupational Health and Safety (5 credits)
Principles of Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)
EH6060 Applied Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)
EH6073 Critical Appraisal of Publications in Occupational Health (5 credits)
LW6107 Legal Aspects of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (5 credits)

Year 2

AD6800 Training and Development Issues in Occupational Health (5 credits)
EH6017 Risk Assessment and Management Programmes in the Workplace (10 credits)
EH6061 Applied Research for Occupational Health (5 credits)
EH6062 Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Dissertation (30 credits)

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including epidemiology, psychology, public health, safety science, law and training and development, occupational medicine
  • practice 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
  • develop 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
  • apply research evidence to 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 focused piece of scholarly research and health and safety programme evaluation.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Fitness to Practise

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

Detailed Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc programme in Occupational Health must meet one of the following criteria:

1. A Level 8 honours primary degree (minimum second class honours, grade 2) in a relevant area, for example 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.


2. A minimum of a Diploma/Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare (minimum second class honours, grade1), 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;


3. Applicants with a minimum of three years professional work experience in an associated area¹ of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare will be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.


¹ Relevant 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.

² Level 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds and the closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply

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.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway.

Course Practicalities

Lectures, tutorials, practicals (computers), seminars, student presentations


There are four written exams in year 1 of the course. In addition to exams, there will be continuous assessments through oral presentations, 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 in this year is the formulation of a research project. The thesis assessment will involve submitting a dissertation and journalistic article based on your dissertation.

Who Teaches This Course

Professor Ivan Perry: Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Dr Birgit Greiner – Senior lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Dr Paul Beirne – Senior lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Dr John Gallagher – Health Services Executive Southern Area

Dr Martin Hogan – Employment Health Advisors Limited

Dr Dan Gallagher — EHA Soft Solutions

Dr Shane Kilcommins – Department of Law

Pat O’Neill – Centre for Adult Continuing Education

Pat Sheehy – Centre for Adult Continuing Education

Vera McCarthy – Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Sara Leitao – Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Dervla Hogan – Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Imelda O’Leary, Susan Hill, Brian Gallagher and other specialists of EHA

Kevin O’Sullivan, Nancy Finucane, Denise Cahill and Anne Power (from HSE)

Guest lecturers from the community of health and safety practitioners

You can search UCC's Institutional Research Information System for UCC staff profiles

Further Contact Information

Declan Whelan Curtin
Administrative Programme Co-ordinator
T: +353 (0)21 420 5533


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