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About Occupational Health at University College Cork


The MSc in Occupational Health is an integrated course in occupational safety, health and welfare.

It will provide you with a multidisciplinary approach to occupational health including:

  • public health
  • occupational medicine and hygiene
  • psychology
  • law
  • risk assessment and management
  • training and development
  • ergonomics
  • epidemiology

It is suitable if you are already working in occupational safety and health, or if you have a strong interest in occupational health and a primary degree in a related area.

Course Details

The course consists of three elements — formal course work, self-directed learning using case studies and project work leading to a thesis.

The course will cover topics including:

  • health and safety management
  • research methods
  • disease prevention and health protection
  • health promotion
  • training and development issues
  • development and interpersonal skills in occupational settings
  • legal aspects of health and safety
  • risk assessment

Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits and complete a research dissertation (EH6062) to the value of 30 credits.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Year 1

EH6008 Research Methods and Information Retrieval in Occupational Health (5 credits)
EH6015 Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace (10 credits)
EH6041 Psychology Applied to Occupational Health and Safety (5 credits)
Principles of Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)
EH6060 Applied Psychosocial Epidemiology (5 credits)
EH6073 Critical Appraisal of Publications in Occupational Health (5 credits)
LW6107 Legal Aspects of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (5 credits)

Year 2

AD6800 Training and Development Issues in Occupational Health (5 credits)
EH6017 Risk Assessment and Management Programmes in the Workplace (10 credits)
EH6061 Applied Research for Occupational Health (5 credits)
EH6062 Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Dissertation (30 credits)

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including epidemiology, psychology, public health, safety science, law and training and development, occupational medicine
  • practice measures to prevent disease and injury, and to protect and promote health and safety in occupational settings
  • perform risk assessments in the workplace including psychosocial risk factors
  • identify the role of psychology in improving the quality of work life
  • develop skills to protect and promote the safety, health and well-being of workers
  • employ skills to critically appraise publications and statistics and stay up-to-date with the newest research evidence
  • apply research evidence to occupational health and safety interventions and health promotion strategies by taking relevant legislation into account
  • design occupational health training and development programmes in line with organisational policy
  • carry out a focused piece of scholarly research and health and safety programme evaluation.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Fitness to Practise

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

Fact File

Course Code: CKX06 Part-time

Course Title: Occupational Health

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 18 months Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours for 18 months over 2 years.

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 2,925 per academic year

2016 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements below.

Closing Date: Not on offer 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018/2019

Course Practicalities

Lectures, tutorials, practicals (computers), seminars, student presentations


There are four written exams in year 1 of the course. In addition to exams, there will be continuous assessments through oral presentations, group work and written essays.

During year 2, you will be required to undertake a group project and a reflective case study. An important aspect in this year is the formulation of a research project. The thesis assessment will involve submitting a dissertation and journalistic article based on your dissertation.

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here SupplementaryFormCKX06 (14kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway.

Further Contact Information

Declan Whelan Curtin
Administrative Programme Co-ordinator
T: +353 (0)21 420 5533

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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 2,925 per academic year

2016 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements below.

Closing Date: Not on offer 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018/2019

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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