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Degree structure

Degree details

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

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills that meet the competency standards required by professional accrediting bodies and certification organisations
  2. Research, analyse and apply established theories to knowledge and practice in the discipline of OHSE in an Australian and International business context
  3. Master and apply high-level practice skills in the discipline of OHSE with reference to legislation and industry standards
  4. Apply professional and community ethical and legal standards to practice
  5. Critique, analyse and apply twenty-first century communication and sophisticated, professional interpersonal skills.

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 degree are likely to have increased opportunities across a wide range of professions and industries.

Professional recognition

ACU’s Masters of Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management has been awarded accreditation by The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board for a maximum of five years, from 2017 through to 2021.

For further information on The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board visit: http://www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au/about-us/

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • Bachelor degree in a different discipline and evidence of a minimum five years industry experience; or
  • Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management

In special circumstances, applicants can submit a proposal alongside a formal application, demonstrating their knowledge, experience, and skills are such that they are likely to succeed in the program.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS minimum score of 6.5

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

This Master’s degree is far more than just an occupational health and safety degree. In addition to learning about hazard identification, risk assessment and applying control measures and monitoring their effectiveness, you will also study environmental assessment and modelling’ environmental and safety law, auditing, research methods, managerial skills and business administration issues.

Students will also conduct a research project that will give them specialised knowledge and expertise in a particular field.

A Master’s degree in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management (OHSEM) is in high demand thanks to the recent introduction of national legislation and the increasing focus on ensuring OHSEM and Work Health and Safety (WHS) requirements are met in organisations.

The Graduate Diploma and Masters of Occupational Health Safety and Environmental are programs that are accredited with the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. This means students who graduate from these degrees will be deemed to have met the OHS qualification content requirement for Certification at the OHS Professional level (administered by the Safety Institute of Australia).

Degree Recognition

ACU’s Masters of Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management has been awarded accreditation by The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board for a maximum of five years, from 2017 through to 2021.

For further information on The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board visit: http://www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au/about-us/

Recommended Study Pattern

All Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management students are advised to start the degree with the introductory subject OHSE601 Principles of OHSE Management.

Award Requirements

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

For students who commenced the Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management prior to 2017, please take note of the following:

  • Do not enrol into MGMT621 Management of Change if you have successfully completed OHSE622 OHSE Epidemiology.
  • Do not enrol into MGMT627 Project Management if you have successfully completed OHSE621 Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene.

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