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.

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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

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Program Code

12273

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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

12273

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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.

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. 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.

The program 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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All applicants must have completed:

  • A Bachelor Degree in a related field of study

OR

  • A Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety with a GPA of 5.0 or higher

Related fields of study areas include, but are NOT limited to: Health, Engineering, Science

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Worplace Health and Safety? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate and achieved a GPA of 5.0 or above you can apply for the Master of Workplace Health and Safety and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed.
 
For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety, please visit the program page.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 12273
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety is a 120-unit postgraduate coursework program that provides training in occupational health, safety, injury management and rehabilitation.  It can be completed wholly on-line as there is no requirement for on-campus attendance.

The program prepares graduates for work in the preparation and implementation of occupational health and safety programs at the workplace. It is designed to develop advanced knowledge, critical understanding and problem solving approaches to the complex ranges of issues and processes associated with practice in occupational health and safety and workplace injury management.

Students will, in many cases, be working in a variety of roles within this area, in positions of managerial or professional responsibility, through which they are required to develop policies and strategies in response to the OH & S and workplace injury management needs of their organisations.

Admission Requirements

Level 7 applicant

  • Bachelor degree in cognate area

Level 8 applicant

  • Bachelor Honours degree in cognate area OR
  • Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety with a GPA of 5.0 or higher

Cognate areas include, but are NOT limited to: Health, Engineering, Science.

International students must submit transcripts from previous education qualifications in English or with an authorised English translation.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not the first language must provide evidence that they meet the University's English proficiency requirements of 6.5 no subtest less than 6.0 and have attained the relevant IELTS standard. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.htm

Transition Arrangements

Existing MOHS and MWIMOR students will be advised of the change in program and given the option to either complete the MOHS/ MWIMOR or transfer to the MWHS which will be accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Requirements and Structure

Students undertake 100 units of Core Courses and 20 units of Directed Courses.

Provision is made for an exit award - the Graduate Diploma in Health and Safety - after completion of 80 units within the Masters program.  Candidates who elect to transfer to the exit will not be eligible for readmission to the Masters program.

(The embedded Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety will be a 40-unit, AQF Level-8 compliant program.  Special entry into the Graduate Certificate will be offered to those with relevant non-university qualifications and at least 3 years relevant professional experience in a designated health and safety role, approved for this purpose by the Pro Vice-Chancellor. Admission to the Masters program following completion of the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety for special entry students will require a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher.)

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6101 Workplace Injury Management Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6130 Applied Research in Health and Safety Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LEGL6004 Law for Workplace Health & Safety Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6020 Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6040 Ergonomics Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6050 Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6060 Safety in the Workplace Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6070 Management for Occupational Health and Safety Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
OHSE6090 Research in Occupational Health and Safety Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6404 Project Procurement, Cost, Quality and Risk Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6601 Theory and Practice of Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6607 Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6608 Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6484 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6301 Chronic Disease and Injury Control Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Completion of the Master of Workplace Health and Safety will partially satisfy entry criteria to the Occupational Health Physician specialisation within the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Learning Outcomes

  • Possess advanced knowledge of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management legislation and advisory and regulatory instruments governing rules, codes limits and standards.
  • Competently apply advanced knowledge and integrated understanding of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management and relevant systems and processes, to enhance the health, safety and well-being of workers.
  • Competently apply a specialised, evidence-based body of knowledge and high level skills in problem-solving and critical analysis to identify, formulate, define and resolve occupational health and safety and workplace injury management issues.
  • Demonstrate high level written, oral and/or graphic communication skills to facilitate effective, specialist and non-specialist communication with individuals, groups and populations regarding occupational health and safety and workplace injury management.
  • Competently apply specialised research skills and advanced understanding of the importance and applicability of research in the occupational health and safety arena.
  • Demonstrate skills and attitudes that support lifelong learning, ethical action and social responsibility in personal and/or professional development.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety (MWHS) is accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board. This will allow students to apply for registration as Occupational Health and Safety Professionals. This is a new initiative within Occupational Health and Safety nationally and will enhance the recognition of our program, and the professional recognition of graduates. The MWHS is accredited by IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health and Safety) which is a recognised UK accrediting body of OHS programs and enables students to become Graduate members of IOSH, which is professionally recognised internationally.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Eligible students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety and are admitted to the Masters level program will be granted 40 units credit.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.   The program is structured to provide opportunities for international students. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students. Additionally, they will be encouraged to avail themselves of existing University support networks and services.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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