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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management (Oct 2009- Sept 2011 entry)

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Holders of the Diploma or MSc satisfy the academic requirements for chartered membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Occupational Health and Safety Management
Programme code BSPT50
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is twenty-eight calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is seven and fourteen months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

See: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/business-economics/occupationalhealthandsafetymanagement/

and also the following:

Entrance requirements to the programme:

i)                Possession of a degree or equivalent

Or

ii)               Have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of a British Chartered professional institution.

Or

iii)              Hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

 

Exemptions

Students holding the diploma in Occupational Safety and Health as awarded by the:

i)          National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (National Diploma) and accredited by the QCA and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; or the

ii)         British Safety Council Level 6 and accredited by the QCA and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; or

iii)        a Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health from another Higher Education Institute accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health 

may be admitted to the Programme and given exemption from modules BSP540–BSP544 inclusive, and given 75 credits transfer for their existing award.

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:57:54 BST

1. Programme Aims

The multi-disciplinary Postgraduate Programme in Occupational Health and Safety Management is aimed at professional health and safety advisors and managerial, engineering and scientific staff who have a significant responsibility for occupational health and safety.

The programme uses a combination of short courses and distance learning modules for part-time study.

The programme aims to:

  • develop individual skills and prepare participants for management progression in occupational safety and health in their chosen industry sector, mainly through development of both their technical knowledge and skills, and their conceptual, research and analytical abilities;
  • enhance the career development and employability of participants;
  • encourage participants to pursue personal development and lifelong learning skills and be self-motivating;
  • the academic basis for chartered membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Programme conforms to the benchmarks published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in respect of Masters awards in business and management . Specifically the programme meets the requirements of a specialist Masters degree (Type 1) for a career development.

  • The benchmark statement for Masters Awards Business and Management
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the structure and application of occupational health and safety law;
  • advanced risk assessment techniques;
  • the features and application of an occupational health and safety management system;
  • the significant physical hazards in workplaces and their respective controls;
  • the significant occupational health hazards in workplaces and their respective controls;
  • the relevance and application of human factors to occupational health and safety management;
  • the uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • identify and critically apply the legal framework to a complex range of occupational health and safety situations;
  • establish criteria in respect of the tolerability of individual and organisational risk;
  • assess a broad range of health and safety risks using complex tools;
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of any occupational health and safety intervention;
  • learn through reflection on practice and experience.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • influence the development of occupational health and safety policy;
  • engage effectively in two-way communication including listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others;
  • create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions;
  • make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a health and safety context;
  • employ qualitative and quantitative skills;
  • conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of occupational health and safety-related materials including  journals,  legislation, approved codes of practice and recognised guidance.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions;
  • scan and organise data and communicate knowledge;
  • use communication and information technology appropriately in acquiring, analysing and communicating information;
  • listen, negotiate and persuade or influence others;
  • use effective oral and written communication using a range of media including written reports;
  • interpret numerical information and use numerical reasoning;
  • manage themselves and their time effectively, be self-aware, display sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations and manage continued learning;
  • enhance their career prospects and effectively contribute to the business aspirations of their organisation.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Modules

 

 

Module Weight

BSP540

Occupational Health and Safety and the Law

15

BSP541

Risk Management

15

BSP542*

Management of Physical Hazards

15

BSP543*

Occupational Health Management

15

BSP544          

Safety and the Management of People

15

BSP545

Occupational Health and Safety Management Evidence Based Practical Project

45

BSP546

Occupational Health and Safety Management Evidence Based Practical Project

45

BSP514

Occupational Health and Safety Management Research Project

60

BSP547†/BSPA01†

Occupational Health and Safety Management Research Project

60

* by distance learning

partially by distance learning (>50%)

 

4.2 For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.

 

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must have accumulated at least 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must complete modules, BSP540, BSP541 and two others chosen from BSP542-544.

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, candidates must have completed modules with total modular weight of 120 credits.  Specifically, candidates must complete modules BSP540-545 inclusive.

Candidates must also have accumulated at least 105 credits and achieved a module mark of not less than 40% in a further module with a module weight of 15.

5.1.3 Apart from circumstances detailed in 5.1.4, to be eligible for the award of MSc, candidates must have satisfied all the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition, must have accumulated 60 credits from module BSP514 or BSP547/BSPA01.

Candidates must have also have accumulated at least 165 credits and achieved a module mark of not less than 40% in a further module with a module weight of 15.

5.1.4 Holders of recognized diplomas as detailed in Exemptions (see Admissions Criteria section above) to be eligible for the award of MSc, must have accumulated 105 credits. Specifically, candidates must complete modules BSP546 and BSP547/BSPA01.

 5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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