The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery



2.5 years part-time up to 5 years maximum.

Program code: 12273

Study 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 operations. Keeping abreast of occupational health and safety principles and practice is essential for health and safety professionals, practitioners and organisations, to ensure they meet requirements and legislation introduced by State and Federal Government, and for managing health and safety risks in a complex and changing environment of work.

This program 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, holistic and evidence-based approach in developing, implementing and evaluating safety initiatives and campaigns that not only comply with legislative requirements but also take into account the complex nature of work, health and safety hazards and risks.

Why study with us?

Master of Workplace Health and Safety

12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'

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.

At the successful completion of the program, you can apply for graduate registration with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Possible career paths may include:

  • WHS Officer, Manager or Coordinator
  • WHS Inspector
  • WHS Consultant
  • Government agencies (WorkSafe, WorkCover)