PgD/MSc Workplace Wellbeing, Health and Safety PgD/MSc

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Join this online course that explores workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, and environmental and social factors. Answer the need for highly skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers. Become a graduate member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (GradIOSH).

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Many organisations have realised that they should take a proactive approach to wellness, rather than focusing on illness and absence management and integrate wellbeing into the wider health and safety agenda. Join this onine course that brings together these areas. You will study health and safety regulation and legislation, communication, management tools, risk assessment, control and mitigation for a range of workplace health, safety and wellbeing hazards, typical across most industries and organisations.

Answer the need for highly skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers and study a course that is accredited with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), which can form the basis of graduate membership (GradIOSH).

For the research project, you can negotiate a topic that reflects your personal interests and career aspirations as well as our supervisory expertise.

Why us?

  • This course is accredited with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and provides the basis for graduate membership (GradIOSH)
  • Access to library services including relevant up to date ISO standards
  • Access to innovative learning technologies, including Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment which caters for different learning styles
  • The distance learning format allows you to study flexibly and while in employment
  • We maintain a real focus on practical, real life and applied experiences throughout the course
  • We are experienced in distance learning provision

Course structure

Our teaching and learning methods include web-based reading materials which are also printable, e-books, e-journals, multimedia and e-discussions. 

All students will receive 6 weeks induction to become familiar with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and to develop the academic skills required for MSc/PgD level of study.

If you are uncertain as to which course level is best for you, please get in touch with the Programme Leader.

Assessment is mainly through coursework and the research project.

This course is also delivered on campus, please see MSc Workplace Wellbeing, Health and Safety.

Modules on this course include:

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Workplace Wellbeing, Health and Safety (30 credits)

Gain an introduction to the planning stage and cover general HSW drivers, legislation and management systems issues/hazards together with an introduction to the legislative framework and management systems.

  • Managing Workplace Wellbeing, Health and Safety (30 credits)

Study the ‘do and check’ stage of the management system cycle and cover a range of methods that can be used to identify and evaluate HSW hazards and risks in the workplace. Evaluate the methods available to monitor HSW and minimise risk further. Explore the communication of the ‘act’ step both to the workforce and the wider population. 

  • Public Health and the Workplace (30 credits)

Examine two very important areas for the management of HSW in the workplace. Firstly, the application of public health principles that are applicable to the wider public health domain and more specific environments such as the workplace. Secondly, applied epidemiology, an approach that relies on science, quantification, probability, statistics and sound research methods to support the testing of hypotheses pertaining to ill health and its prevention.

  • Research Methods and Professional Practice: Dissertation (30 credits)

Focus on data analysis, research skills and professional practice covering a range of research skills. It will also include a range of professional practice skills to meet the requirements of the IOSH core curriculum as well as the requirements of employers.

  • Research Project (60 credits)

Undertake a research project where you will research and design a piece of primary research. Negotiate a topic that reflects your personal interests and career aspirations as well as our supervisory expertise.


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • As a distance-learning student, you'll be able to remotely access online journals, articles and e-books.

    The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials to help you make the most of our electronic resources.

    Library Services - distance learning
  • This course can be studied anywhere in the world that has internet access. The course is delivered by Canvas - the University's Virtual Learning Environment. You will use learning and 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.

    Virtual Learning Environment


The distance learning route allows you the flexibility to choose where and when you study. You will need internet access to use our Virtual Learning Environment where you will join our online community.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold an undergraduate degree with a classification of 2:2 or above, in any subject. Applicants who have relevant experience and who can demonstrate their suitability for the course should contact the programme leader to discuss any potential application.

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

Fees and finance

The fees for 2020 entry are tbc.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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Student at the graduation ceremony


All employers have a duty to address the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. This has created a need for skilled health, safety and wellbeing managers. This course has been developed to fill this skills gap.

Career options

Graduates of this course will gain the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in this increasingly topical area.

Those with experience in health and safety will gain the knowledge needed to enable them to move into the area of wellbeing. Those with a general business background will develop the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of health and safety.

There are also employment opportunities working for consultants or health and safety regulatory bodies.

Expanding job opportunities

Job opportunities in workplace wellbeing will only continue to grow as more employers realise the importance of taking a proactive approach in this area. Karl Simons, Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer of Thames Water emphasises the point: “The importance of having an effective health and wellbeing strategy should never be underestimated.  An organisation should understand the risk and needs of its people to ensure a supporting framework can be implemented that creates a culture of care, improves physical and psychological health leading to increased job satisfaction and productivity.”

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