About This Course
Occupational Health (Online)
20 months Part-Time
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2017
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Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details
Course Delivery Method
20th August 2018
UCC’s MSc Occupational Health is a part-time programme delivered wholly online offering students a flexible mode of learning. The programme integrates occupational health and safety into a multidisciplinary perspective. It offers 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. The programme incorporates the following subject areas:
Students can then apply this knowledge to practice.
The interactive format of the teaching sessions is conducive to student networking and the sharing of knowledge and practical experience. In several modules students will work with practical case studies, engage in project work and reflective inquiry.
This 90-credit MSc in Occupational Health online programme meets the needs of the busy professional, offering a flexible approach to learning. The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to meet work, personal and academic requirements. This programme consists of eight modules – seven 10-credit taught modules and a 20-credit research dissertation module.
Students will take the following 10-credit taught modules:
EH6107 Principles and Practices of Occupational Health and Safety
EH6108 Psychosocial Epidemiology
EH6109 Occupational Health and Safety Management
EH6093 Introduction to Research and Epidemiology
EH6110 Risk Assessment and Implementation of Health and Safety Management Programmes
LW6109 Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law
AD6008 Training and Development in Occupational Health and Safety
And a 20-credit Disseration module:
EH6114 Disseration in Occupational Health and Safety
- Demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including occupational medicine, epidemiology, psychology, public health, safety science, law and training
- and development;
- Practise measures to prevent disease and injury, and to protect and promote health and safety in occupational settings with application of the newest research evidence;
- Perform risk assessments and management in the workplace for both physical and psychosocial risk factors;
- Employ skills to critically appraise publications and statistics and stay up-to date with the newest research evidence;
- Design occupational health and safety training and development programmes in line with organisational policy;
- Design and carry out an ethical piece of scholarly research and health and safety programme evaluation;
- Systematically search and select credible and accurate sources of information for Occupational Health and Safety practice and research;
- Develop critical personal reflection of experience to shape future professional practice and development;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the major legal principles relevant to occupational health and safety, employment and the environment.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online over 20 months (End of August 2018 to end of April 2020)
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.
The programme is a completed value of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks with one module being delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. Each module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours. This consists of online:
- Self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation
- E-tivities (e.g. student quizzes and regular participation in discussion boards)
- Preparation of written and/or oral assignments
A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These may include essays, case studies, online presentations, quiz, accumulative report writing, reflective journal and E-tivities
Who teaches this course
The course is delivered by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health staff in conjunction with external lecturers with experience in relation to health protection and public health.
Why Choose This Course
Why Study this Course?
Our programme integrates ‘classical’ occupational health and safety with ‘modern’ approaches applicable to a wide range of industries, the health care sector and public administration. We address risk assessment and management of both psychosocial and physical hazards in the workplace and include approaches to prevent accidents and injuries combined with the promotion of health in the workplace. The course has a special focus on psychosocial aspects of work, which are becoming more and more relevant in modern occupational health and safety management. For example, we address work organisation and stress factors relevant to health and safety such as work demands, control, social support, working hours and violence. The presentation of the content is informed by the most up-to-date research evidence and applied to practice. The breath of content and research methods is taught through a trans-disciplinary approach. Our programme teaches health and safety in practice with real-life scenarios for students to learn from.
The MSc in Occupational Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to Occupational Health and Safety, so that graduates are equipped with up to date skills to research and evaluate factors that contribute to a safe and healthy physical & psychosocial work environment. Students will learn how to conduct appropriate risk assessments to optimise health, safety and wellbeing and to prevent accidents and injury for employees in their workplace.
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates already working in OSH can progress in their career and move to higher-level managerial positions (e.g. Health and Safety Manager).
Graduates who changed their career can move into employed positions in different industries, common job titles: occupational health officer, safety officer, health & safety officer, health and safety coordinator, quality officer, environmental health officer, health and safety adviser, environmental health officer and ergonomist. Some of these posts may require further qualifications.
Graduates can also apply for jobs in regulatory agencies, e.g. as safety inspector.
Graduates can set up their own Health and Safety Consultancy Business.
Others may stay in their current position (e.g. as HR manager, safety engineer, occupational health nurse) and apply their broadened knowledge). The MSc in Occupational Health also offers the opportunity to furhter engage in research in this area and to pursue a PhD.
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, 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;
- 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 will be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme
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 course content, assignments and assessments etc. 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 - recommended.
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.
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 €7,650.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com
International students contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please note the closing date for applications is 2nd July 2018.
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 available to view here Supplementary Questions for the Online MSc Occupational Health CKX50