Health Safety & Risk Management Degree MSc

Health and Safety Degree

1. Overview

The MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management degree course has been designed to be industry relevant and is fully accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Working with experienced practitioners in designing this programme, our degree provides the skills and knowledge for the practical application of Strategic Health, Safety and Risk Management. The course will also be of interest to managers who wish to attain a formal management qualification in this area and others who wish to develop careers in this field. The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). We work closely with our proactive Industrial Liaison Panel to ensure our course is relevant and up to date.

Safety doesn’t happen by accident!

The benefits of our course are:

  • Our Partnerships with Industry
  • The excellent facilities at RGU
  • The strong emphasis we place on preparing our students for employment
  • The tools we provide our students with to ensure their professional development and growth
  • The career management facilities at RGU
  • Our supportive learning environment
  • IOSH Accreditation

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2. What you will study

Subjects reflect areas of professional practice and are designed to provide students with an understanding of the management of Health, Safety and Risk. They also take a strategic view of this, and of related areas such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and the Environment. In addition to the legal perspectives students will be encouraged to consider the management, human and psychological factors essential to the successful implementation of Health, Safety and Risk strategy.

A key feature of the course is the incorporation of a work based project. In the course of this project, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of health, safety and risk to a current work related problem or issue.

The subject modules are as follows:

Stage 1

Exit award: PgCert Health Safety and Risk Management

Stage 2

Plus one module from the following:

Exit award: PgDip Health Safety and Risk Management

Stage 3

Award: MSc Health Safety and Risk Management

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

The course is studied online. This flexible approach will provide the opportunity for those working in the field, and who wish to attain a formal management qualification in this area, to study and also maintain their career path.

Online Learning: Online delivery is through the University's Virtual Learning Environment CampusMoodle, where you will have access to the same teaching material as on-campus students. There will be the opportunity for you to interact with tutors and fellow students from around the world. The Part Time Executive and Online Learning courses are delivered simultaneously so all students work on the same modules.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): It is also possible to enrol for individual modules on a CPD basis and this course provides the opportunity to develop reflective skills and continue to enhance your knowledge and expertise throughout your career.

4. Entry requirements

This course is ideal for students who:

  • Possess a good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject from a UK University or recognised overseas institution and able to demonstrate competence in written English.
  • For international students, 6.5 IELTS with a minimum grade of 6 in each component part, or its equivalent in TOEFL, is required. 

English Language Requirements

In exceptional circumstances, the normal requirements may be relaxed for an equivalent qualification or industrial experience of an equivalent standard. In these circumstances, applicants will be asked to submit a Personal Statement in support of his/her application.

The Course Leader will consider any candidate who has completed the pre-masters Access Foundation in Management Studies (Graduate Certificate in Management) and who appears capable of completing a demanding programme at Masters level.

5. Placements and accreditations

This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The accreditation is on the basis that successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Health, Safety and Risk Management, satisfies the requirements for admission to Graduate membership. Thereafter students may progress to Chartered membership by providing evidence of their practice skills through a process of Initial Professional Development (IPD).

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to our outstanding students. Find out more information on Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years. Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £3,800 Stage 1
  • £3,800 Stage 2
  • £2,500 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £3,660 Stage 1
  • £3,660 Stage 2
  • £2,440 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £3,530 Stage 1
  • £3,530 Stage 2
  • £2,340 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,270 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £3,284 Stage 1
  • £3,284 Stage 2
  • £2,192 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £3,204 Stage 1
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £3,204 Stage 2
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,136 MSc dissertation stage

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Course Enquiries

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader -

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

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9. Prospects

Safety doesn’t happen by accident!

Over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over one million people are injured (HSE, 2016).  Preventing accidents and ill health caused by work, therefore, is a key priority for everyone at work. As a consequence, recent trends across a number of industry sectors have witnessed a growing emphasis in the level of attention to and the importance of Health, Safety and Risk Management in the workplace. As the strapline for the course encapsulates, safety does not happen by accident, hence the relevance of this course.  By providing high quality management education in health, safety and risk management as well as providing appropriate knowledge and skills for managers this course makes a significant contribution to the development of practice in this area and to organisational success and stability.

Those graduating with a masters in Health, Safety and Risk Management, already working in this area, will be able to demonstrate competency in the strategic management of Health, Safety and Risk and develop their career towards senior management roles. Other graduates wishing to move into this field and develop their career will be able to improve their employment opportunities by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the health, safety and risk management and the related issues along with a track record of successful Masters level study in the field.

At Aberdeen Business School we believe there are three main components to Employability:

  • Experience
  • Enterprise
  • Education

We ensure that within the course our graduates are given the opportunity to develop the skills and competences which comprise each of the components above.  This is achieved by:

  • Developing self-awareness
  • Knowledge and application of a wide range of transferable skills
  • A robust and structured CPD process
  • Guest lectures from a wide range of industry representatives
  • Networking with a range of occupational specific industry specialists
  • The use of real life case studies
  • The use of a simulated work environment
  • Completing work based projects
  • Knowledge of the appropriate occupational theoretical underpinning
  • The application of that theoretical underpinning

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Start date


Course length

3 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
Management Department Aberdeen Business School
Accredited By
Institution of Safety and Health (IOSH)

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