The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

2.5 years part-time up to 5 years maximum.

UON program code: 12273

Program handbook

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.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Possession of advanced knowledge of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management legislation and advisory and regulatory instruments governing rules, codes limits and standards.
  • Competently applied 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 applied 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.
  • Demonstrated 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 applied specialised research skills and advanced understanding of the importance and applicability of research in the occupational health and safety arena.
  • Demonstrated skills and attitudes that support lifelong learning, ethical action and social responsibility in personal and/or professional development.

Details

Information correct as at26 Aug 2019 3:20 AM
Program code12273
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 2.5 years part-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. Newcastle Business School
  3. School of Architecture and Built Environment
  4. School of Health Sciences
  5. School of Medicine and Public Health
  6. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
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Admission information

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 or in a cognate area

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


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, visit the University's credit website 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.


Professional recognition

Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board

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.

Institute of Occupational Safety and Health


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

120 units

Program duration

2.5 years part-time up to 5 years maximum.

Program requirements

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.)


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


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.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC6101Workplace Injury Management
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6130Applied Research in Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
LEGL6004Law for Workplace Health & Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6010Occupational Health
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6020Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6040Ergonomics
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6050Current Practice in OH & S
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6060Safety in the Workplace
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6070Management for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6090Research in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE6404Project Procurement, Cost, Quality and Risk Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6601Theory and Practice of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6606Disaster Resilience Economics
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6607Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6608Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6609Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6510Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6530Environmental Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6545Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6555Applied Natural Resource Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6004Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6040Human Resource Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6484Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
HPRO6715Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6301Chronic Disease and Injury Control
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.


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.


Additional support

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.