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Overview

Master of Workplace Health and Safety

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety at the University of Newcastle has been designed to offer extended education to health and safety professionals enhancing career opportunities in the field.

Health and safety in the workplace is a legal requirement for business operation. Keeping abreast of occupational health and safety principles and practice is essential for health and safety professionals, to ensure they meet complex and changing requirements and legislation introduced by State and Federal Governments.

Knowledge of legislation, organisational requirements and the work environment are essential for occupational health and safety officers, inspectors and consultants in developing, implementing and educating employees on key health and safety initiatives in the workplace.

With this qualification you will be able to work in roles such as an occupational health and safety manager, inspector or consultant.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your internationally and nationally accredited Master of Workplace Health and Safety at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Workplace Health and Safety is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you are working in the field of health and safety and are keen to expand your professional knowledge to provide more advanced health and safety expertise, the Master of Workplace Health and Safety may be the postgraduate program for you.

Designed to leverage your existing knowledge, you will learn to approach complex workplace health and safety in a more comprehensive manner, taking a strategic and holistic approach to the development of safety campaigns. These skills will also enhance your career opportunities at more advanced levels.

With the ability to complete the program over 2 years full-time and 3 year part-time, the Master of Workplace Health and Safety will provide you with nationally and internationally accredited training in occupational health, safety, injury management and rehabilitation.

At the successful completion of your studies, you will have the skills and expertise to prepare and implement effective occupational, health and safety programs that will comply with legislative requirements. You will have an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the complex issues and processes associated with occupational health and safety and workplace injury management.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Career Pathways

At the successful completion of the Master of Workplace Health and Safety you can apply for registration with International Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The masters has also been accredited with the Australian OHS Education Board, allowing you to enhance your professional recognition as you prepare to take on roles within the field of workplace health and safety including occupational health and safety manager, inspector or consultant.

As a graduate you will be able to seek out career advancement opportunities in high level positions across a range of industries such as mining, manufacturing, government, rural safety and primary industry. You will likely work in roles where you will develop policies and strategies in response to the occupational, health and safety and workplace injury management needs of your affiliated organisation.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Workplace Health and Safety read the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety from the University of Newcastle encompasses the most industry relevant areas of study to provide you with a comprehensive, industry relevant and accredited qualification.

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety has been  structured with ten core mandatory courses including injury management, ergonomics, current practice and applied research; alongside two elective courses from health and environment or management streams (see the details page for the full list).

The core courses focus on advancing your knowledge of occupational health and safety management, legislative requirements, occupational hygiene and toxicology, ergonomics, current health and safety practices, injury management and research skills. With options from a list of management, environment and health courses, the two electives provide you with the opportunity to direct your course in a way that best leverages your career needs.

To find out more about where the Master of Workplace Health and Safety can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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This is in line with current and future OH&S management systems and it looks to be affordable. I will be applying soon.

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