Executive Education


Occupational Health and Safety Management

Direct Entry MSc for those with prior exemptions

As well as holders of Loughborough University's Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management, we recognise a range of other Diplomas as an entry route onto the MSc and may accredit your prior learning in meeting the requirements of the MSc. These include:


  • A NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management from other higher education institutions recognised by IOSH
  • A British Safety Council Diploma or International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (Level 6)

Substantial Salary Enhancement

Earn over £7000 more than those with a NEBOSH Diploma.

Programme structure FAQs

What study do I have to undertake to be awarded the MSc?

You will have to successfully complete two projects.

1. An evidence-based project of 6 months’ duration requiring an in-depth study of one aspect of occupational health and safety management in an appropriate work environment. You will make an initial proposal as to the content of your project and discuss this with your supervisor to ensure it is suitable. You will be required to present a project report of up to 12,000 words.

2. An original research project of 12 months’ duration. As with the practical project, its suitability will be discussed with your supervisor. At the end of this period you will be required to submit a thesis of up to 20,000 words.

Are there any attendance requirements?

Yes. The practical project requires you to attend the University for one day during which you will be given guidance on undertaking the project.

The research project requires you to attend for two x two-day sessions. These cover research methods as well as discussion on individual progress.

What support do I get during the project?

Apart from the short courses, you will be encouraged to maintain frequent contact with your supervisor. This is usually achieved by e-mail/phone but may mean occasional meetings at mutually convenient times. Working closely with your supervisor and submitting frequent progress reports are key criteria for success. You will also have access to the University library which enables you to access several hundred online databases and e-journals. This includes: Occupational Health and Safety Information Service (OHSIS), Lexis Nexis Professional, Safety Science, Journal of Safety Research, as well as more specific databases that cover the Occupational Health and Safety discipline.

What is the pass mark?

You must achieve a mark of at least 50% in each project.

What happens if either project does not meet the required minimum standard?

A candidate will have one further opportunity to submit an acceptable project. A second failure will result in being withdrawn from the programme. Candidates will not be permitted to start the research project until they have successfully completed the practical project.

Entry Requirements

  • A NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6) or;
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management from another higher education institution recognised by IOSH or;
  • A British Safety Council Diploma or International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (Level 6).
  • Have significant experience in a Health and Safety role
  • GCSE English - minimum grade C or equivalent.
  • Where English is not your first language evidence of proficiency is necessary
  • Good internet access (this is essential to access the electronic resources).

What personal skills do I need?

  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Willingness to undertake intensive independent research using a range of data sources
  • Good time management skills to meet the requirements of the course as well as the inevitable demands from work and home.

Programme start date

October 2019

Please be aware that all intakes for the postgraduate/post-experience programmes are recruitment driven requiring a minimum number of students to make a viable study group. You will be advised 6 weeks before the advertised start date whether the programme will run.

Fees and Funding

Provided below is a listing of the 2018-19 tuition fees for this programme. If you are studying for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, tuition fees will be charged on a pro rata basis, according to the number of credits you are studying for.

Programme MSc (180 credits)
Occupational Health and Safety Management (Direct Entry MSc with exemptions) £7,816.67 

Sources of funding for business training are constantly changing, but pockets do exist.  Please see at our Fees and Funding page for further details.

All Loughborough University Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on fees.

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Admissions Information


For further information about the programme, please contact:

Marion Jost
Occupational Health and Safety Programme Administrator

Executive Education Centre
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 223140

Email: sbe.ohs@lboro.ac.uk


Dr David Wenham
Programme Director
Email: D.G.Wenham@lboro.ac.uk