The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face, Online


2.5 years part-time up to 5 years maximum.

UON program code: 12273

Study Workplace Health and Safety

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.

The University of Newcastle Master of Workplace Health and Safety is designed to leverage your existing knowledge, allowing you to approach complex workplace health and safety issues in a more comprehensive manner, taking a strategic and holistic approach to the development of safety campaigns.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from research leaders – UON is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • Hands-on experience – gain significant real-world experience with environmental field visits and integrated learning at industrial sites, preparing you for a successful career.
  • Professional recognition – at the successful completion of the program, you can apply for graduate registration with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The masters has also been accredited with the Australian OHS Education Board.
  • Flexible study options – At UON, you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.

Master of Workplace Health and Safety

What you will study

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety focuses on advancing your knowledge of:

  • occupational health and safety management
  • legislative requirements
  • occupational hygiene and toxicology
  • ergonomics
  • current health and safety practices
  • injury management
  • research skills

You can direct your education by choosing electives that enhance your knowledge and best cater to your career needs.

Key areas of study include:

  • workplace injury management
  • applied research in health and safety
  • law for workplace health and safety
  • occupational health

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

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 be equipped with the skills to develop policies and strategies in response to the occupational, health and safety and workplace injury management needs of your affiliated organisation.

Possible career paths may include:

  • WHS manager
  • WHS inspector
  • WHS consultant
  • Government agencies (WorkSafe, WorkCover)