Environment, Health and Safety MSc

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Join the international demand for safety, health and environmental managers and gain the skills and professionalism needed to take up these opportunities. Apply your new skills in the workplace during an eight-week placement for all students.

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The on-campus version of the MSc Environment, Health and Safety will give you access to face-to-face teaching and to the facilities in the recently revamped Sciences Complex. You will be taught by staff who are research-active in both environment and health and safety (EHS). You will study modules including hazard identification, evaluation and management, research and professional practice and a 12-week research project.

This course also includes an eight-week placement for all students. This allows you to apply your new skills and knowledge in the workplace. The placements can be extended by a further 12 weeks and many have led to job offers.


Why us?

  • Our course is accredited with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and provides the basis for graduate membership (GradIOSH)
  • Our Business and Administrative Studies courses, which include MSc Environment, Health and Safety, were ranked 1st for Skills Development and 5th for Overall Satisfaction out of 61 institutions in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019 (PTES
  • Access to library services including relevant up to date ISO standards
  • Access to innovative learning technologies, including our Working Lab, Virtual Learning Environment and a real focus on practical, real-life and applied experiences throughout the course supported by excellent links to local industry and regular site visits
  • Our teaching days provide flexibility to manage other areas of student life
  • Placement opportunities with a range of organisations in and around the North East

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, group activities, guest speakers and site visits. We will provide you with additional support for your studies, at postgraduate level, through a period of extended induction and the professional practice and skills module.

Assessment is mainly through coursework and the research project.

This course is also delivered via distance learning, see PgD/MSc Environment, Health and Safety.

Modules on this course include:

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Environment, Health and Safety (30 credits)

Gain an introduction to EHS including the drivers for change, legislation, topical issues, and identification of hazards together with an introduction to the legislative framework and management systems.

  • Environment, Health and Safety Assessment (30 credits)

Cover a range of techniques that can be used to assess the risk to both the environment and employee health and safety of a range of hazards.

  • Control and Management of Environment, Health and Safety Risks (30 credits)

Study the means by which EHS risks can be managed together with an evaluation of the effectiveness of the means chosen. Communication of hazards and their associated risks will also form a key part of this module.

  • 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.

Optional modules (choose one):

  • 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 Methods and Professional Practice: Placement (30 credits)

This is similar to the option above but you will undertake a placement rather than a dissertation.


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


  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from a multimillion pound investment over the last 5 years. Teaching takes place in multi-media classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning.

    The Living Lab boasts the region’s only immersive simulation room allowing participants to experience events in simulated environments. An adjacent task trainer room which can be used flexibly can aid with the development of clinical and non-technical skills. Integral cameras enable participants to view live or recorded footage in our dedicated debrief room. The Lab also has a 7 bedded ward and Point of Care Testing (POCT) facility along with an OSCE suite and seminar rooms.

    The facility currently has 2 SimMan 3Gs, a SimNewB, a SimMom birthing simulator and 2 TraumaFX simbodies. A range of other clinical equipment and part task trainers as well as a pop-up ambulance are available to complement the facilities.

    IT facilities at the University are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    Sciences Complex - Living Lab
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Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £13,000 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

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

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Employers in the Health and Safety sector increasingly expect candidates to be members of professional bodies such as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Career options

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.

Meet the students

  • Studying at the University of Sunderland has been inspirational.

    Adam Gawne

  • Thanks to the Enterprise Place, I am working on starting my business within Health and Safety.
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    Ammar Hussein

  • The course prepared me for the workplace with a good balance between the classroom and placements.
    Howard Stafstrom

    Howard Stafstrom

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