Degree details

You will learn to provide thought leadership and business leadership in safety. The program will equip you with an advanced understanding of modern safety theory and practice, including resilience, complexity science, drift, and appreciative understanding of work. You will advance from the implementation of process and prescription towards an ability to provide strategic advice.

The first year of the Master of Safety Leadership Program is common with the Graduate Certificate in Safety Leadership, and provides a critical understanding of safety theory, ethics, organisational research and safety management systems. The Master program includes further material on understanding, managing and communicating about risk.

You will develop expertise in safety scholarship and learn the concepts, methods and skills required for research, workplace improvement and further learning. You will plan and execute a substantial research or industry project, based on your chosen topic. Completion of this program will also make you eligible for further doctoral research.

You will find career opportunities in system safety, process safety, and occupational health and safety roles at manager and director levels, particularly in industries such as energy, construction, healthcare, aviation, mining, manufacturing, transport, and human services. Exciting career paths are available in corporations, government and consulting firms. You will also be prepared for a research-related career and eligible for entry into a doctoral program and for consideration for higher degree by research scholarships.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Safety Leadership, applicants will require the following:

  • hold a Bachelor degree in an engineering, science, psychology, health or safety discipline
  • OR hold a Graduate Certificate in Safety Leadership (students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing).

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Safety Leadership (MSafLead), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for prescribed courses in Year 1;
  • gain 40 credit points for prescribed courses in Year 2;
  • gain 40 credit points for prescribed courses in Year 3.

To be eligible for the award of Master of Safety Leadership (MSafLead), a student admitted with 40 credit points of advanced standing must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for prescribed courses in Year 1;
  • gain 40 credit points for prescribed courses in Year 2.

This degree/s may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur and will appear below the conferral date of the award.