Accredited by: IOSH

This is a one-year top-up degree (for those who hold a BA or BSc in Occupational / Health and Safety Management) for the Health and Safety Professional who wishes to gain further understanding, and academic qualifications, in these areas. Incorporated within this degree, is a dissertation where the student can focus on a particular area of personal or professional interest. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Health (IOSH).

Your career

Graduates from the course will be well prepared to go on to pursue careers in a wide range of organizations including the local authority, manufacturing, construction, off-shore and insurance companies.

What you will study

This is a one year programme. Coursework is divided into three trimesters. In trimester A you study Energy, Resource Management Health, and Safety Leadership. In trimester B you study Waste Management and Contaminated Land, Water Quality Policy. Trimester C you complete your dissertation.

Energy, Resources, and Management

Investigates the role of energy as a critical resource for sustainable development, both in the global economy and in the local environment. The focus is on Regulation and Assessment of buildings and energy management strategies and techniques, including the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive is discussed, together with its impact on building regulations and low-carbon buildings.

Health and Safety Leadership

This module is to enable students to develop an understanding of theories underpinning Safety Leadership and its interaction with safety management. Students will reflect on key concepts, issues, and debates relating to the development and role of Safety Culture, Safety Climate and how these combine with management to influence human behavior. They will evaluate the various methods of organizational and leadership strategies in relation to workers safety behavior.

Waste Management and Contaminated Land

The regulatory framework surrounding waste management and contaminated land is outlined and the administrative responsibilities highlighted. Types and volumes of solid waste from household, commercial and industrial producers are identified and methods of waste minimization are discussed. Construction industry waste management and waste to energy schemes are examined and alternative modern waste management options including recycling and incineration are considered.

Water Quality Policy

This module gives students knowledge of and insight into international and UK water policy in a wider policy context. Students will investigate how water policy applies to planning and industry and what role underlying concepts and perspectives play in this. It aims to encourage students to explore a range of water-related issues and how they are addressed by water policy; to evaluate objectives of different stakeholders and how they are reflected in policy; to understand structures of government and management approaches as applicable to water policy, and to evaluate the legitimacy of policy and decision making.

Entry requirements

BA Occupational Health and Safety Management or BSc Health and Safety Management or an equivalent and approved qualification of the proximate academic structure.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Students on a part-time programme may be invoiced for the full annual fee or for the number of modules completed per academic year. Students may be eligible to pay this in installments over the course of the year. View part-time and distance learning fees.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Mode of study

This programme is divided into three trimesters and each trimester is completed in classes that run every Thursday from 1 pm - 8 pm.


The programme is accredited by IOSH the Institution of Occupational Health. Course modules are presented within the range and depth of subjects necessary to meet the current requirements of IOSH.

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Last updated July 25, 2018
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