Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 11 units to complete

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This postgraduate course in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management (OHSEM) offers a qualification that provides a sound business and technical basis to support the implementation of hazard identification, risk assessment and control measures and to monitor their effectiveness. This course includes study in the areas of environmental assessment and modelling, auditing, environmental and safety law, epidemiology and research methods. The capstone unit for the Masters is a work-related research project.

While focusing on safety and environmental responsibility, the OHSEM course addresses generic managerial skills and issues applicable across the spectrum of business administration.

The increasing professionalisation of OHSEM and the recent introduction of national legislation have created growing demand for this new specialisation. Graduates of this course will have enhanced employment opportunities in both the public and the private sectors.

On successful completion of the requirements for this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and culture of contemporary occupational health, safety and environmental systems and practices and their role in organisational management and governance;
  2. Critically evaluate the functions, provisions and relevance of the Australian Model Work Health and Safety laws and their applicability in various organisational and jurisdictional contexts;
  3. Interpret and apply Australian and, where appropriate, international standards in occupational health, safety and environmental management, in particular, those associated with hazard identification, assessment and minimisation;
  4. Apply relevant scientific, epidemiological and, where appropriate, auditing knowledge and methods to the investigation and analysis of health and safety issues in organisational and/ or environmental settings;
  5. Devise and evaluate environmental management strategies to minimise the risk of accidents, facilitate the investigation of accidents, and to communicate accident-related risk-management information to stakeholders;
  6. Compare and contrast varying approaches to health, safety and environmental risk management and apply recognised processes of risk management to organisations and their activities
  7. Analyse and assess the effective application of the principles and standards of occupational health, safety and environmental management in organisational settings for the optimisation of management systems and prevention of personal harm and environmental degradation;
  8. Demonstrate appropriate skills and knowledge to provide leadership in the enhancement of workplace health, safety, and environmental policies, procedures, practices, governance and communications.

OHSE professional practitioners are in demand because of the increasing focus on the management of occupational health, safety and environmental processes in accordance with the law and regulatory requirements. Graduates of this course are likely to have increased opportunities across a wide range of professions and industries.


Applicants are required to have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or a Graduate Certificate in OHSEM or an equivalent course.

Professional Experience:

Applicants without a degree who have appropriate professional work experience may be considered for entry at the Graduate Certificate level of the program.


IELTS minimum score of 6.5

All Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management students are advised to start the course with the introductory unit OHS601 Principles of OHSE Management.

To qualify for the award of Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management students must complete 11 units including one double unit.

Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Principles of OHSE Management
OHSE601 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
OHSE Management Systems
OHSE602 ACU - SP2 - SP4
OHSE Risk Management
OHSE603 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
OHSE Law in Practice
OHSE604 ACU - SP2 - SP4
OHSE Auditing
OHSE611 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
Occupational Health and Wellbeing
OHSE612 ACU - SP2 - SP4
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
BUSN603 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene
OHSE621 ACU SP1 - SP3 -
OHSE Epidemiology
OHSE622 ACU - SP2 - -
Research Methods
MGMT617 ACU - SP2 - SP4
Management of Change
MGMT6211 ACU - - - SP4
Research Project

1 Do not enrol into MGMT621 if you have completed OHSE622. Refer to Transition Arrangements
2 OHS688 is a double unit

RPL or Credit may be granted according to ACU policies and applicants are advised to contact the Course Administrator.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

For students who commenced the Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management prior to SP4 2016, please take note of the following:

  •  Do not enrol into MGMT621 Management of Change if you have successfully completed OHSE622 OHSE Epidemiology.