Course Overview

This one-year programme has been designed exclusively for University of Galway graduates of  either of the following  programmes; Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Higher Diploma in Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene. Applicants should also have relevant work experience in Occupational Health and Safety or Occupational HealthGraduates are provided with an opportunity to complete the additional 30 credits (one module) required to upgrade their qualification to the MSc Occupational Health and Safety programme.

Scholarships available
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Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene, and have relevant work experience.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Students are required to complete a 30-credit module, which is delivered on campus over 5 days in Semester 1 and 2. Students must complete a research thesis over the summer period. There may be an opportunity to complete the thesis on a topic of relevance to the students employer.


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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Occupational Health and Safety has become a prominent component of business and society and continues to be  a growth area for employment. Graduates are qualified to apply for a range of roles including, Occupational Health Manager, Occupational Health and Safety professional, Environmental Health and Safety Professional/Manager, Occupational Health Nurse.


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,055 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€3,950 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€105 p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU


Student levy €105—payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.


Find out More

Dr Marie Coggins
T: +353 91 493 394