UCC Postgraduate courses

Occupational Health

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Occupational Health

  • Code

    CKX06 Part-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    18 months Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    €7,000 (€3,500 per year)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Start Date

    September 2018

Course Outline

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.

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

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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

Why Choose This Course

This course offers you the opportunity to study modern cutting-edge scientific concepts and research evidence on the causation, prevention and management of work-related accidents, injury and disease.

The interactive format of the teaching sessions helps student networking, sharing of knowledge and practical experience. In several modules, you will work with practical case studies, engage in project work and reflective inquiry.

Throughout the course, you will be invited to master classes held by experts in the field. The experience and expertise of our previous graduates is 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.

Skills and Careers Information

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 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:

  • managerial responsibilities in industry or public sector
  • consulting
  • lecturing
  • research
  • human resources, welfare
  • Health Service Executive
  • Health and Safety Authority


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. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €7,000 (€3,500 per year).

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


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:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is Not currently open to Non EU applicants.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

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.


The closing date for non-EU applications is Not currently open to Non EU applicants

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