Postgraduate Scholarship Skills
In a nutshell
Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, as well as to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in industry, this course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health, enabling students to develop the knowledge and skills relevant in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.
Influenced by industry requirements, course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions. Successful completion of this course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course will also develop your critical and analytical ability in relation to SHE and ensure that you are prepared for contemporary professional practice.
This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental regulation and occupational health.
Modules have been designed to enable the development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health, safety and environment professionals in the 21st century. Addressing existing and emerging challenges and reviewing contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk, module content covers a broad curriculum providing you with in depth knowledge of the concepts presented.
A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that you will learn from experience while being supported in reviewing the progress of your own learning.
Students who successfully complete the programme automatically qualify for GradIEMA professional status. Graduates can also fast track to PIEMA (Practitioner Status) once they have completed a work-based competence assessment. This course is also recognised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as meeting the academic requirements for Graduate Membership.
- Learn aspects of both environmental and occupational health
- Develop skills relevant in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice
- Learn how to undertake health, safety and environmental audits against a background of sustainability
This is for you if...
You are a safety, health and environmental practitioner, risk manager or enforcement officer wanting to develop your knowledge
You are looking to move into the field of safety, health and environment
You are concerned about environmental protection and health
All about the course
For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one and three years respectively.
Within the full-time course you will study eight core modules (each worth 15 credits). Four are studied in semester one and the remaining four in semester two. During semester three you will complete a dissertation.
For part-time students the taught components spans two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. During your final year of the course you will complete a dissertation.
This module provides key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level, looking at big issues in environmental sciences. The module also introduces ethics and bioethics and will aim to enhance students critical thinking.
Standards and Auditing
This module examines the relevance and relative merits of the different tools and approaches available to the business community in assessing and improving its health, safety, and environmental performance and addressing the sustainability agenda. You will explore through case study and field work the of the business community to the internal and external drivers of health, safety and environmental performance and corporate social responsibility. You will be trained to undertake audits and will have the opportunity to undertake audits of business processes through collaboration with business partners.
Occupational Health and Hygiene
This module will explore trends in occupational health and wellbeing at work. You will explore the nature and properties of workplace contaminants and mode of entry to the body; methods of assessment of workplace environmental hazards; design and analysis of exposure measurement surveys and the biopsychosocial model of illness and its relevance to prevalent work related illnesses. You will develop a detailed understanding of the intervention strategies which may be used to manage occupational health risks and to promote wellbeing.
This module explores of a selection of workplace risks (e.g. fire and human behaviour, L.E.V., work equipment) informed by contemporary and emergent risks. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships between occupational health, safety and wellbeing and development of policies which contribute to the prevention of injury or loss. Site visits will allow you to contextualise theoretical concepts in the workplace.
This module aims to enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research through active enquiry and to undertake appropriate analysis of research results. You will have the opportunity to use research skills acquired in the applied context of ‘real world’ project work in a variety of professional settings and to develop the skills necessary for successful delivery of project outcomes. You will work as part of a team with an external organisation or company relevant to your degree discipline on a project defined by a client. The module provides you with opportunities to develop a range of skills and aptitudes including negotiation of project terms of reference, research design, data collection and analysis, professional communication, project management and professional networking.
Research Design and Delivery
This module will prepare you for your dissertation by enabling you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to analyse research results appropriately. It will provide opportunities for you to acquire essential research skills relevant to your discipline in both a field and laboratory setting. The experience in applying these skills will be invaluable in planning and undertaking your dissertation.
Environmental Impact Assessment
This module examines and evaluates processes for investigating and mitigating the impacts of development in the context of environmental impact assessment and planning procedures. You will explore impact assessment policy, law and practice through case study research and practical applications in the field. You will have the opportunity to interact with environmental impact assessment professionals in developing and presenting a case study providing you with valuable insights into career prospects in this field.
This module examines risk based approaches to regulation. You will explore the role of law in the management of health, safety environment including the current English criminal law, the influence of social legislation and other EU and international influences. You will study the operation of the major statutes in the field, their interpretation and application, procedures and protocols for the collection of admissible evidence; regulatory authorities, criminal / administrative sanctions and sentencing guidelines.
This module aims to enable you to contribute to the body of knowledge in your area by devising and conducting an independent research project and through independent, self-motivated critical thinking, to develop as a reflective practitioner.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials and case studies, and simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers. You will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project, thereby encouraging networking with external clients as well as real-world interaction.
You will be assessed through a range of methods including portfolios, projects, reports, case studies, examinations and dissertation.
Our school is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and is supported by over 80 academic staff at the forefront of their specialisms. Our expanding suite of programmes cover geography and environmental management (GEM), wildlife, biology, chemistry, disease ecology and biomedical sciences and we work closely with our partners to ensure course content develops the skills that employers are looking for.
We have recently been presented with a ‘Bronze Award’ from the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for its commitment to gender equality.
If you are looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.
The university hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.
Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.
We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.
Postgraduate staff profiles
Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience of teaching environmental assessment management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has extensive experience of working with private, public and third sector organisations and companies, providing a strong employability focus to teaching and learning on the MSc programmes.
Carole is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has over 25 years’ experience within private, public and the educational sector. She held or currently holds positions of esteem within external organisations such as external examiner positions, Chair of Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group; Member of Professional Standards Committee, and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
David has over 35 years’ experience as an Environmental Health Officer, specialising in environmental management including air quality management and noise control. He has been chair of the Merseyside pollution group and, under his management, his authority became a Beacon Council for their innovation in air quality monitoring. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Environmental Health and a member of the Institute of Acoustics.
Priya Mondal is an Environmental Toxicologist with over ten years’ experience in the area of effects of environmental contaminants on human health, especially addressing risk assessments, biomarkers of exposure and identification of molecular and physiological mechanisms of toxicity. Currently, she is a council member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and a UK and scientific committee member of UK and Ireland Exposure Science Group.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Chartered Environmentalist and a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and has over 40 years’ experience in the private and educational sectors. He has sat on the Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Economic Area Group for Product and Process Innovation and for twenty years was on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Building Surveying. He was also part of the team that developed the Warrington Energy House, which was a collaborative project between the University of Salford, Warrington Housing Association and Warrington Borough Council
Steve trained as an Environmental Health Officer and after a succession of posts as local authority health and safety inspector/manager and was seconded to HSE's Local Authority Unit responsible for the development of technical policy. Before establishing his own consultancy and joining the academic staff at Salford he was national lead for Health and Safety at the Local Government Association for nine years. He is chartered member of CIEH and a chartered fellow of IOSH.
What about after uni?
This course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within the industry.
Graduates of this course have found positions as safety, health and environmental managers in business, as environmental regulators, SHE managers, in safety consultancy and training, working in fields as diverse as facilities management, construction and demolition, utilities, the civil service and engineering.
This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities. Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for the dissertation component.
A feature of the course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry. External expert sessions will enrich your learning experience, adding much value to this vocationally oriented course. Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.
In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through Safety Groups UK which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background.
What you need to know
This course is for safety, health and environmental practitioners, risk managers and enforcement officers who want to deepen their subject knowledge and enhance their career prospects, as well as people looking to train in the field of safety, health and environment.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject.
Applicants must also fulfil the IOSH entry requirements which require a basic knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health. Applicants who do not have a basic knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health will be required to engage with on-line support material as part of the programme.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£7,776per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£14,310per year|
|Part-time||2019/20||£1,296 per 30 credit module|
- Field courses - these are funded by the University
- Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.