Environmental Management and Assessment (Health and Safety) MSc - University of Sunderland

Course overview

Do you want a Masters qualification to help you move into the rewarding areas of Environmental Management and Health and Safety? Alternatively, do you want to enhance your career prospects by undertaking job-relevant postgraduate training? We have designed this course to deliver on both objectives.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the leading chartered body for Health and Safety professionals. On completion of the Masters, you can become a graduate member of IOSH. More and more employers are looking for membership of IOSH when it comes to recruitment and promotion.

The distance learning format allows you to study when and where you like. Our academic staff will guide you through the course and provide the support you need, no matter where you are based. Modules include ‘Environment Auditing and Management Systems’, ‘Risk Assessment and Management’ and ‘Health and Safety’.

For the Masters research project, you can negotiate a topic that reflects your personal interests and career aspirations as well as our supervisory expertise. Sunderland’s research specialisms include air pollution, contaminated land and environmental accountability.

This course is available via distance learning either full-time over 1 year or part-time over 3 years. If you would prefer to study at our campus, and to have a greater focus on environmental management, please read about our Environmental, Health and Safety MSc.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

  • Environmental Awareness (15 Credits)
  • Data Analysis and Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Pollution Monitoring and Control (15 Credits)
  • Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (15 Credits)
  • Health and Safety (30 Credits)
  • Risk Assessment and Management (30 Credits)

  • Masters Research Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

This distance learning course is delivered via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Our teaching and learning methods include web-based reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites, multimedia and e-seminars.

Before applying for the course, we advise that you carefully consider your work and other commitments. 

The full-time course requires around 40 hours of study per week, every week for 12 months.

The part-time course is designed for people who are working and requires around 20 hours of study per week, for the duration of each module. You will take two or three modules per year.

The majority of students on this course are in employment and choose to study part-time. Part-time mode normally takes three years to complete. As modules occur at fixed times, any other programme of study will need to be negotiated and agreed with the Programme Leader. 

Download the Environmental Management Assessment full-time calendar (.pdf) and the Environmental Management Assessment part-time calendar (.pdf) for more information on course content and assignment deadlines.

Feel free to contact the Programme Leader if you have any queries. 

Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

This course can be studied anywhere in the world that has internet access. The course is delivered by the University's Virtual Learning Environment using learning reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from holders of an honours degree in any subject. We will also consider applicants who have relevant experience and who can demonstrate their suitability for the course.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.

2016/17

The total fee for this course is:

  • £4,180 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £7,650 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

Legislation and stakeholders are demanding ever higher standards of quality and accountability in Health and Safety and Environment Management. This is generating new roles with higher expectations of professionalism and knowledge. This course equips you to take up those roles, which are increasingly central to the way that organisations do business.

Potential roles include:

  • Health and Safety manager or consultant
  • Environmental manager, project leader, consultant or auditor
  • Health, Safety and Environmental manager
  • Environmental and Sustainability manager
  • Waste manager
  • Pollution control agency manager

At management level, salaries are in the range of around £35,000 up to around £50,000 in large companies. Employers typically require proven expertise in health, safety and environmental systems, an in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and standards, and the ability to work effectively with others in order to take proactive measures and to communicate with all stakeholders.

Increasingly, employers expect candidates to be members of professional bodies such as IOSH. Our course is accredited by IOSH and provides the basis for graduate membership. Further information is available at the IOSH website.

A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

Support

Our academic staff will guide you through the course and ensure that you are working at a pace that is agreed between you and your tutor. Within the distance learning format, you will have access to your tutor as well as a range of online support functions such as discussion forums and course-relevant information.

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student Support and Guidance.

Apply for this course

Before applying for the course, we advise that you carefully consider your work and other commitments.

The duration of the full-time course is 1 year it requires around 40 hours of study per week, every week for 12 months.

The duration of the part-time course is 3 years and it is designed for people who are working and requires around 20 hours of study per week, for the duration of each module. You will take two or three modules per year.

The majority of students on this course are in employment and choose to study part-time. 

Download the Environmental Management Assessment full-time calendar (.pdf) and the Environmental Management Assessment part-time calendar (.pdf) for more information on course content and assignment deadlines.

Feel free to contact the Programme Leader if you have any queries.

UCAS/course code

Full-time course: CID876

Full-time course start date: 12 September 2016

Part-time: CID877

Part-time course start date: 22 August 2016

To apply for this course, download the course application form (.pdf). Information on how to complete the form and where to send it can be found on the form. You can also apply online using the link below.

    Next open day

  • Date: Thursday 26th May 2016
  • Time: 1:30pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: The Gateway at City Campus

Contact Sunderland

For more information, contact the Programme Leader:

Dr Mary Argyraki
Tel: 0191 515 3715
Email: mary.argyraki@sunderland.ac.uk

For more general information, contact:

The Recruitment Team
Tel: 0191 515 2758
Email: appliedscience.enquiry@sunderland.ac.uk

Programme Starts  
Monday 22nd August 2016 - Part-time Apply now
Monday 12th September 2016 - Full-time Apply now

The details

Course Name Environmental Management and Assessment (Health and Safety)
UCAS Code See 'Contact & apply' page
CID876
Classification MSc
Course Mode Full-time/Part-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration Full-time: 1 year / Part-time: 3 years
Study Location Distance Learning
Starting See contact & apply tab
UK/EU Fee £See entry requirements page
Intl Fee £See entry requirements page

Entry requirements

Honours degree in any subject

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