Executive Education


Occupational Health and Safety Management

Study part-time for a professionally recognised qualification from a Top-10 UK business school.

Occupational Health and Safety Management

Certificate, Diploma, MSc

Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. More recently there has been the recognition of the need to go beyond simply avoiding unwanted outcomes and developing a wider dimension of organisational resilience.

The systematic assessment and management of workplace hazards demand the development of existing knowledge and skills. Good employers now recognise that managing health and safety has not only legal and moral imperatives, but also makes good business sense.

Loughborough University has been providing training in occupational health and safety management for more than 35 years. On successful completion, participants will be able to make better informed decisions concerning the management of occupational health and safety.

The programme is aimed at professional health and safety advisors and managerial, engineering and scientific staff with responsibilities for occupational health and safety. It gives them the academic knowledge and skills to evaluate operational requirements against health and safety policies which have to respond to a changing regulatory, social and economic climate.

The courses are designed and delivered for participants working within the discipline who can attend the University for a series of taught modules ranging from one to four days. Such attendance promotes a much more fulfilling learning experience through direct interaction with acknowledged experts and other students and avoids the isolation of courses delivered entirely by distance learning.

The objectives of the programme are to provide:

  • A comprehensive understanding of current occupational health and safety management issues;
  • The academic basis for Chartered Status of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (for holders of the Diploma/MSc); and
  • Flexible training for working professionals who do not have the opportunity for full-time study.

Professional Development

‌Holders of the Diploma (and MSc) satisfy the requirements for graduate membership of IOSH and membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), providing professional recognition for your studies.

Adding Value to your Employer

The course is designed to be challenging, career enhancing and geared towards real life management, developing skills you can apply to the benefit of your organisation, and assessing these through work-based assignments which provide a direct return on investment. You will also benefit from excellent opportunities to network with professionals from a range of sectors, with the following organisations represented on the programme in recent years:

  • Aluminium Bahrain
  • Arriva Plc
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Birmingham City Council
  • BP
  • Estee Lauder Companies
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation
  • Trust
  • Mars Petcare UK
  • National Grid
  • Network Rail
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer Ltd
  • Qatar Petroleum
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Mail
  • Severn Trent
  • Shell
  • Siemens
  • TATA Steel
  • Travis Perkins
  • UK Coal
  • Virgin Atlantic

Structure and delivery

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes are part-time and modular in structure, and involve a combination of taught modules (in four-five day blocks), distance learning modules and self-study.

The programme is assessed by assignments and projects. There are no written examinations.

The Postgraduate Certificate will normally be completed within seven months of part-time study and the Postgraduate Diploma within 14 months.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management involves, in addition, a part-time research project conducted over 12 months and is available to those who have achieved the Diploma requirements. Candidates for the MSc must attend two x two day sessions in research methods.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management is also available to those who have a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from other higher education institutions recognised by IOSH, those with a NEBOSH National or International Diploma (Level 6) and those with a British Safety Council Diploma (Level 6). This qualification usually takes 18 months to complete.


  • Module 1: Occupational Health and Safety and the Law (5 days at Loughborough)
  • Module 2: Risk Management (4 days at Loughborough)
  • Module 3: Management of Physical Hazards (distance learning)
  • Module 4: Occupational Health Management (distance learning)
  • Module 5: Safety and the Management of People (4 days at Loughborough)
  • Module 6: Evidence Based Practical Project (1 day at Loughborough plus distance learning)
  • Module 7: Masters Research Project (4 days at Loughborough + distance learning)

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1, 2 and any two chosen from modules 3, 4 and 5.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-6.

For the MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-7.

Other FAQs

What support do I get during the course?

Apart from attending the modules, you will be encouraged to maintain frequent contact with the course staff. This is usually achieved by e-mail/phone. 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 assignment and project.

What happens if an assignment or project does not meet the required minimum standard?

For each assessment a candidate will have one further opportunity to submit an acceptable assignment or 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 elements of the diploma.

Postgraduate programme candidates should:

  • hold a degree from a Higher Education Institution of the UK; or
  • have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of a British chartered professional institution; or
  • hold any other relevant qualification or practical experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education
  • Have significant experience in a Health and Safety role.
  • Where English is not your first language evidence of proficiency is necessary

Programme start date

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc - January 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) Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Occupational Health and Safety Management  £12,000



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