Course Overview

This one-year programme has been designed exclusively for graduate of the Higher Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene who have relevant work experience in Occupational Health and Safety. Graduates 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.

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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


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2023

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QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

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Mode of study

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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.


Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (30 Credits)

Required OH503: Research Thesis

15 months long | Credits: 30

This module aims to allow students to develop specific skills and competencies to design and execute research work in occupational & Environmental health and safety

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain objectives and develop a research hypothesis
  2. Critically review and interpret research articles and conduct a research literature review
  3. Select, justify, and recommend a range of specialist and novel research tools and methodologies to collect, analyse and synthesise data
  4. Select, assess and apply research methodologies for different research questions.
  5. Collect and discuss research data
  6. Analyse and interpret research data
  7. Effectively Communicate research data and present the results to the scientific community
  8. Self evaluate the outcome of your Research Thesis and make recommendations for future research

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Health Sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method" by Jones & Bartlett Garrand, J.
  2. "Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches" by Creswell, J. W.
    Publisher: Sage Publications Inc.
  3. "Human Factors Methods" by Human Factors Methods
  4. "Practical Guide for Engineering and Design" by Ashgate.
  5. "Applications of case study research" by Yin, R. K.
    Publisher: 2003)
  6. "Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis. Ashgate." by Salmon, P., Stanton, N., Lenne, M., Jenkins, D., Rafferty, L. and Walker, G
The above information outlines module OH503: "Research Thesis" and is valid from 2022 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

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 


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