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Master of Work Health & Safety

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Master of Work Health & Safety



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1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Faculty of Social Sciences

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The Master of Work Health & Safety provides an intensive professional programme of study in the area of occupational health & safety. Knowledge and skill development throughout the course is applied to a research-based capstone workplace project in the final stage of the degree programme to develop a high level of evidence-based professional practice in occupational health and safety.

Please note the terms ‘Work Health & Safety’ have been used in the course title to reflect recent legislative change from ‘occupational health and safety ‘to ‘work health & safety.’

This course replaces the previous two postgraduate programmes: Occupational Health & Safety; Occupational Hygiene Practice.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Work Health & Safety will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate WHS issues using data, research and argument.
  2. Develop and demonstrate effective responses to WHS issues with creativity, logic and critical thinking.
  3. Effectively articulate and convey work health & safety knowledge, skills and ideas to collaborate and engage with people in different settings and different cultural environments.
  4. Describe and demonstrate strategies to acknowledge, appreciate and respect diversity.
  5. Develop strategies to maintain personal integrity within the field of WHS.
  6. Identify and apply appropriate resources and technologies for professional practice in WHS in order to function effectively in the digital environment.


Course Structure

The Master of Work Health & Safety requires the successful completion of 72 credit points of subjects in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
HAS 860 People, Work & Ergonomics 6 Autumn
HAS 871 WHS Risk Management 6 Autumn
LAW 969 Work Health and Safety Law 6 Autumn
HAS 980 Industrial Epidemiology & Toxicology 6 Autumn
HAS 870 Work Injury Management 6 Spring
HAS 861 Workplace Hazards & Hygiene 6 Spring
HAS 973 Occupational Health & Safety Systems 6 Spring
HAS 961 Physical Hazards at Work 6 Spring
Year 2
HAS 841 Health Research Methodology 6 Autumn
HAS 963 Workplace Project 12 Autumn, Spring
Select ONE of the following TWO subjects:
HAS 979 Ergonomics Essentials 6 Autumn
HAS 962 Occupational Hygiene 6 Autumn

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

This course has been submitted to the following organisations for accreditation:


Other Information

Further information is available at:
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Last reviewed: 25 January, 2016