MSc in Occupational Health (Campus Based)

MSc in Occupational Health (Campus Based)

MSc in Occupational Health (Campus Based)

Course Description

Course Code: CKX06 Part-time

MSc in Occupational HealthNFQ Level: 9
Duration: 24 months Part-time Costs: 2018/2019 Irish/EU €7,000
Teaching Times: Mondays and Thursdays 6:15-9:00pm Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements below
Closing Date: Applications now closed 2018 Next Intake: September 2019

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view here SupplementaryFormCKX06 

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.

English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 6.5 within each individual section is required (or TOEFL equivalent). Please note IELTs and TOEFL qualifications cannot be more than two years old. Scores under 6.5 will not gain admission to the programme.


An integrated course in occupational health, safety and wellbeing.  

The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time programme which provides a multidisciplinary approach to occupational health and safety management in the workplace, including occupational medicine and hygiene, ergonomics, epidemiology, psychology, public health, risk assessment and management, law and training and development.

The course is suitable for individuals already working in occupational safety and health such as health & safety advisors, health and safety officers and occupational health nurses and self employed health and safety practitioners. The course is also suitable for those who want to build a new career in this area, for example nurses, HR personnel, public health, social science and psychologists graduates. 

Why study Occupational Health

The nature of work changed dramatically with increasing automation and computerisation in a globalised market. This resulted in changed work hazards, health problems and increased health and safety concerns relating to psychosocial work issues, i.e. job stress, repetitive work, change management, work-life-family balance and bullying.

These changes require health and safety specialists to be knowledgeable in assessing and managing both physical and psychosocial work hazards in an integrated approach.

This unique course offers you 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 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.


Course Content

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


This programme's formal course work includes the following contents:

Year 1

Semester 1

EH6008  Information Retrieval and Interpretation in Occupational Health and Safety (5 credits)

EH6015 Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace (10 credits)

EH6059 Principles of Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)

Semester 2

EH6073 Critical Appraisal of Publications in Occupational Health (5 credits)

LW6107 Legal Aspects of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (5 credits)

EH6041 Psychology Applied to Occupational Health and Safety (5 credits)

EH6060 Applied Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)


Year 2

Semester 1

AD6800 Training and Development Issues in Occupational Health (5 credits)

EH6061 Applied Research for Occupational Health (5 credits)

Semester 2

EH6062 Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Dissertation (30 credits)

EH6017 Principles, Theory and Practical Application of Risk Assessment and Management Programmes in the Workplace (10 credits)


Course Objectives

This course has the following main objectives, by providing the individuals with the skills to:

  • Prevent disease, injury and accidents and promote health and safety in the workplace: insights from different disciplines.
  • Identify, retrieve and critically evaluate sources of health and safety information and scientific publications: Stay up-to-date.
  • Analyse and control physical and psychosocial work hazards in different settings.
  • Effectively manage and monitor health and safety by using health and safety manage-ment systems.
  • Understand and apply research evidence to health and safety practice: Evidence-based decision making.
  • Interpret statistics, conduct research and evaluate health and safety programmes.
  • Apply major legal principles relevant to health and safety and employment.
  • Identify training and development needs in health and safety and evaluate training effectiveness.

What will you Learn

The MSc in Occupational Health has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including occupational medicine, epidemiology, psychology, public health, law and training and development;
  • 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 and to develop basic skills to protect and promote the safety, health and well-being of workers;
  • 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;


Lecture Times  

The lectures takes place in the evenings for the MSc in Occupational Health (Campus Based). Lectures are currently held in the Western Gateway Building from 6pm to 9pm on Mondays and Thursdays.


Students will have continuous assessments through in-class tests, oral presentations, group work on case studies, written essays and a reflective case study. 

The dissertation in year two requires planning and conducting a research project on a chosen topic, with submission of a written dissertation and a journalistic article based on the dissertation.  


Who teaches this course?

The course is delivered by the School of Public Health teaching staff in conjunction with external lecturers, industry experts and guest lecturers from the Health & Safety Authority.

Meet Dr Birgit Greiner - MSc in Occupational Health programme director

Recognising Dr Birgit Greiner’s contributions to teaching, research, supervision and leadership, in October 2017 UCC awarded Dr Greiner with its Leadership Award, as part of the University’s Staff Recognition Awards. The selection committee determined that Birgit is an exceptional member of staff and demonstrates outstanding leadership and integrity in every aspect of her work. Birgit has built and articulated her academic teaching vision through the development of the MSc in Occupational Health, now accessible internationally as an online programme. The everyday consistent integrity and inspiration which Birgit shows to everyone she comes in contact with, her unwavering personal approach has fostered a positive and supportive culture of the highest achievable standards, never diluted by other potentially mitigating factors. Birgit is a true leader, who knows her values and what she stands for regardless of any internal or external circumstances.

Student Perspectives

 We believe the MSc Occupational Health represents an important learning and development experience to its students. Thus, although sometimes it might represent a challenge for the students, we strive for this to be it is an enriching process of professional and personal growth.


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Some of the former students of the MSc Occupational Health programme stated:

“I found the course to be very informative and am sure it has complimented and added to my knowledge in this area. It has given me confidence in undertaking research and reinforced my ability to deliver talks/presentations to my peers. Added greatly to my own personal development!”

“I found it difficult to combine work on the thesis with course work, work life and family. This has been very challenging. I have explained the situation to the academic staff and am very grateful for the support and empathy they have shown. It has helped a lot with the various difficulties encountered along the way.”

“I have enjoyed the course a lot and found it very relevant to my work as in a small business. I would recommend it.”


A previous MSc student has commented on this course's contribution to his career:

"The Master’s Degree that I undertook a few years ago has helped me to build a new career as an Occupational Health & Safety Consultant.

The program has given me the tools and knowledge to positively project myself forward knowing that the information gained through the program will benefit my clients.

I have set up my own company, Diamond Health & Safety and I can offer a variety of services to my clients based on the knowledge gained from the MSc course. I am now able to take control of my work and manage my career knowing that there is still support from your team if required.

The MSc course has certainly changed the direction of my work and has had a major and positive effect on my life."

To find out more on how the course was experienced by some of our former students and how it has impacted or influenced their life, click here to take a look at their testimonials.


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