Environment, Health and Safety MSc - University of Sunderland

Course overview

Sunderland’s postgraduate training is designed to give you the skills and professionalism needed to take up these opportunities. Our course is accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the leading professional body for people working in the field of Health and Safety, which demonstrates the real-world value of this Masters.

This Masters is one of the few postgraduate courses to include an eight-week placement for all students. This allows you to apply your new skills in the workplace. The placements can be extended by a further 12 weeks and many placements have led to job offers.

You will be taught by academic staff with wide practical experience as well as active research interests. Research specialisms include behavioural safety, air pollution, contaminated land and life cycle assessment.

The taught modules will cover the management of both health safety and environment, covering risk assessment, accredited management systems and monitoring and control of environmental and health and safety hazards. You can negotiate the topic of your research project to fit your personal interests and career aspirations.

If you would prefer to study by distance learning, we also offer Environmental Management and Assessment (Health and Safety) MSc.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Core modules:

  • Data Analysis and Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Health and Safety 1 (15 Credits)
  • Health and Safety 2 (15 Credits)
  • Environmental Auditing and Management Systems (15 Credits)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (15 Credits)
  • Pollution Monitoring and Control (15 Credits)
  • Risk Assessment and Management (15 Credits)
  • Life-Cycle Analysis (15 Credits)
  • Research Project (50 Credits)

Choose one of the following: 

  • Work Experience Placement (10 Credits)
  • Dissertation (10 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, group activities, guest speakers and site visits.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment is mainly through coursework and the research project.

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

Facilities & location

Sciences Complex

This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities. The technical equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities, with hundreds of workstations available for students to use. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services

The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books in total, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment

Overall Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant environmental safety industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.


Fleming Building

Sciences Complex, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree with a classification of 2:2 or above, in any subject.

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.


The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 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.


Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Support for your development

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.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

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

Employment & careers

Our course is accredited by IOSH and provides the basis for graduate membership. Further information is available on the IOSH website.

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

Apply for this course

To apply for this course use the relevant link below.

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Gateway, City Campus, University of Sunderland

Contact Sunderland

For more information, contact the Programme Leader:

Dr Monica Price
Tel: 0191 515 2846
Email: monica.price@sunderland.ac.uk

Contact the Student Helpline for further information about studying at the University of Sunderland:

Telephone: 0191 515 3000 
Email: student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk

Programme Starts  
Monday 16th October 2017 Apply now

The details

Course Name Environment, Health and Safety
Classification MSc
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 1 year
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 16 October 2017
UK/EU Fee £4750
Intl Fee £11500

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree in any subject

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