Health Safety and Risk Management
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This course has been designed in collaboration with practitioners to study the management, rather than the technical applications, of this rapidly expanding area of expertise.
The course will appeal to practicing health and safety professionals; to those who wish to pursue a career in this area; and to managers who have day to day responsibility for the health and safety of the workforce.
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You will develop personal and research skills for study and career development in the key areas of Health, Safety and Risk Management including health and safety legislation and hazard identification and analysis. Quality management and models for ensuring health and safety in organisations are also covered.
You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of the specialism including management, human and psychological factors essential to the successful implementation of Health, Safety and Risk strategy. Decision-making and performance planning skills are another key aspect of study.
The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, professional dissertation or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.
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 and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
MSc Health, Safety and Risk Management is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers you flexibility of where and when you can study.
CampusMoodle provides you with full open access to tutors and other class members. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.
The interactive virtual learning environment provides you with lecture and course materials including:
- Virtual tutorials
- Live chats
- Discussion forums - student and tutor led
- Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
- User friendly material
The below represents full-time distance learning delivery, part-time distance learning may differ.
- Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
- Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 12 hours per semester
- Independent Study - 456 hours per semester
The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 8 hours per module per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.
Please note the below represent full-time distance learning delivery, part-time distance learning delivery will differ.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 3 reports
- 1 Capstone project
- 1 practical skills assessment
- 2 presentations
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’, have links with IOSH, and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant. Many of our staff have appropriate professional body membership, for example a number are Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).
Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.
LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
Recent trends across a number of industry sectors have witnessed a growing emphasis in the level of attention and importance given to Health, Safety and Risk Management in the workplace.
On graduation, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the development of practice in this area and to organisational success and stability.
If you are already working in this area, you will be able to demonstrate competency in the strategic management of Health, Safety and Risk and develop your career towards senior management roles. If you are wishing to move into this field, you will be able to improve your employment opportunities by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of health, safety and risk management and related issues.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance learning part-time (over 3 years)
- £3,520 Stage 1
- £3,520 Stage 2
- £2,350 MSc dissertation stage
Distance learning part-time (over 2 years)
- Year 1 - £4,695
- Year 2 - £4,695
Distance learning full-time
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
I chose RGU because it is a world renowned institution within the oil industry and offers a distance learning MSc option which provided an excellent 'fit' with my career. My tutors are supportive, the material relevant and interesting and the whole experience is exceptionally enjoyable and it has rounded me as a professional.
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