MSc in Occupational Health (Online)

Online MSc in Occupational Health

Online MSc in Occupational Health

Course Description

Course Code: CKX50 Part-time

Course Title: MSc in Occupational Health

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 20 Months Part-time

Course Delivery Method*: Online

Teaching Mode: This programme runs over 20 months (End of August 2018 to end of April 2020) and is 100% online.

Qualifications: Masters in Occupational Health

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: The programme fee for EU students is €7,650 and for non-EU students it is €9,500 (Fees are applicable to September 2018 intake and are subject to change for future intakes)

Closing Date: 5pm 15th July 2018

If you wish to apply, please click on the following link:


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:

  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Psychology

  • Occupational Medicine and Hygiene
  • Law
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Training and Development            

  • Ergonomics
  • Safety Science

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. Students can then apply this knowledge to practice.

Course Details

This 90-credit MSc in Occupational Health online programme meets the needs of the busy professional, offering a structured 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 Dissertation module:

EH6114 Dissertation in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing


See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for MSc in Occupational Health (Online) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

  • 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.

Detailed Entry Requirements

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.


Technical Requirements: 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


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.


To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.

Course Practicalities

The programme is 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 (approximately 15-25 hours per week) and students participate in their course work regularly throughout the week.  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 

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.


Check out this promotional video below:




 Check out this testimonial below:



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 take a look at the testimonials they kindly sent to us:

Orla Kelleher – Occupational Health Manager (Bons Secours Hospital)

Padraig O’ Mahony – Self-Employed Bricklayer

Jerry Buckley - H & S Manager (Diamond Health & Safety)

Joel Spinney - Safety Adviser (Murphy Construction Group)

Who Teaches This Course

The course is delivered by the School of Public Health staff in conjunction with external lecturers working in the field of occupational health and safety.

Further Contact Information

Michelle Syron

Programmes Manager

Tel: +353 (0) 21 4205520



Dr Birgit Greiner

Academic Director

Tel: +353 (0) 21 4205507


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