MSc Workplace Wellbeing, Health and Safety MSc

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Explore workplace wellbeing, including physical and emotional health, as well as 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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Overview

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. You will study health and safety regulation and legislation, communication, management tools, risk assessment, control and mitigation for a range of workplace hazards typical in most industries and organisations.

This course is accredited with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which can form the basis of graduate membership (GradIOSH).

This course is also delivered online, please see PgD/MSc Workplace Wellbeing, Health and Safety.

Why us?

  • This course is accredited with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and provides the basis for graduate membership (GradIOSH)
  • Placement opportunities with a range of organisations in and around the North East
  • 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
  • Get one to one employment advice and support through our contacts with a specialist recruitment agency in Health, Safety, Environment and Wellbeing
  • Access to library services including relevant up to date ISO standards
  • Our teaching days provide flexibility to manage other areas of student life
  • You will be taught by academic staff with wide practical experience as well as active research interests. Research specialisms include behavioural safety, safety culture and climate change, wellbeing assessment and strategy

Course structure

Teaching will involve lectures, seminars, groupwork and one-to-one sessions with your personal tutor. All students will engage in a period of extended induction to develop the academic skills required to be successful at MSc level study. Learning will take place following the plan-do-check-act cycle adopted for the implementation of management systems in a business.

Assessment is mainly through coursework and the research project.

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. 

  • Applied Public Health Practice (30 credits)

Explore contemporary health improvement theory and practice in order to unpick the complexities of health behaviour and how an organisation can apply these concepts within a workplace context to improvement workplace wellbeing as well as influence the wider public health agenda.

  • 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)

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)

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 at City Campus, which has benefited from a multimillion pound investment. Teaching takes place in classrooms, on site visits and in our multi-media classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning.

    The Living and Working 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 knowledge and skills relating to subjects in environment, health, safety and wellbeing.

    Integral cameras enable participants to view live or recorded footage in our dedicated debrief room.

    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.

    Living and Working Lab
  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities.

    IT facilities 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.

    The Sciences Complex
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Facilities

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments. 

The Living and Working 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 knowledge and skills relating to subjects in environment, health, safety and wellbeing.

Integral cameras enable participants to view live or recorded footage in our dedicated debrief room. 

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 annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £13,000 if you are from outside the EU

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.

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

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Employment

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 and 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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