MSc Safety, Health and Environmental Management


With safety, health and environmental issues becoming increasingly important, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills.

The MSc Safety, Health and Environmental Management degree produces such health and safety practitioners, who can identify, assess, and solve health, safety, and environmental problems by applying the principles of good management. You will develop your knowledge of technical subject areas through an extension into managing health and safety while giving due consideration to the sustainable economic development of business and the environment.

The course is professionally recognised and accredited by both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IISRM). These accreditations offer a range of benefits to student members, such as career support and advice, access to a range of workshops, masterclasses, mentoring, CPD and networking opportunities. Graduates can then apply and progress towards the IIRSM fellow status and IOSH graduate status.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 16 Months February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

You will complete six modules and a dissertation:

  • Environmental Management
    The Environmental Management module will give you a better understanding and awareness of current and established environmental management issues and practice. The module focuses upon the well-known and globally-used ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard and guides and enables you to critically evaluate strategies for business improvements. You will study the following topics: organisational context; corporate environmental leadership; environmental planning within an EMS context; support, competence and communications; operational issues; performance evaluation; Key Performance Indicators – e.g. energy use; audits; management review.

  • Individual Dissertation
    The dissertation is your chance to work on a piece of research focused upon your course. Firstly you will be shown what research is, and how to do it, through a series of lectures. Then you will be encouraged and guided by your individual supervisor to use appropriate resources to undertake a major, comprehensive, innovative piece of investigative research, relevant to you. You will be helped to develop and demonstrate your ability to gather extensive evidence, carry out a thorough and in depth critical analysis, produce sustained argument/s and synthesise the findings of the research in a professional manner. You will also be asked to provide a presentation of your findings.

  • Business Law
    This module focusses on the importance of legal aspects of business law to underpin studies in corporate social responsibility (CSR). The module reviews the importance of ethic global supply chains, director’s duties in relation to CSR responsibilities, sensible business dispute management and conflict resolution. Environmental obligations of UK Companies and human rights issues relating to the environment form a strong component in this module. Whilst the main focus is the law of England and Wales there is ample opportunity for students to undertake comparative studies with their own jurisdiction.

  • Business and Risk Management
    This module considers a wide range of inter-related topics that bear on the management of any business, including awareness of management systems, communication, influencing and financial considerations and in depth understanding of ‘risk’ at both strategic and operational levels.

  • Workplace Evaluation and Control
    This module provides a systematic and effective risk analysis methodology around a number of risks and hazards subject to legislative control to enable the student to fully appreciate the role and competence of the legislation and to be able, where necessary, to go beyond the prescribed legislative requirements in ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.

  • Health and Safety Management
    This module serves to provide students with essential core knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to create and develop an effective management system fully compliant with legal and statutory requirements and capable of certification against a number of management system standards or maturity models.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility for Organisational Managers
    ISO 26000 guidance on social responsibility is the international standard developed to help organisations effectively assess and address those social responsibilities that are relevant and significant to their mission and vision; operations and processes; customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders; and environmental impact. This module will look in detail at how ISO 26000 guidance can be applied and the issues surrounding such implementation as part of a wider integrated management system. 


The MSc Safety, Health and Environmental Management course is delivered in three major blocks, which offers an intensive but flexible learning pattern with two start points each year – February and September.

For each module, you will usually complete two assignments based on case studies or workplace scenarios, plus an examination. There will be group work, recommended reading and tutorials each week. Your final dissertation will be bespoke to you and could be based in industry.


Many modules are continually assessed while other modules are a mixture of continuous assessment and examination.


Trevor Price, course leader

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject, or an appropriate professional qualification, or an HNC/HND with adequate managerial experience.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9500

  • Full-time International:  £15100 

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £10250

  • Full-time International:  £16000 

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.


USW Postgraduate 20% Alumni Discount 2023/24

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA,MSc, LLM,MBA or DBA course from September 2023 (this includes students starting a course in January/February 2024). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2023/24

This programme has been accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Enrolled students can access IOSH Student Membership for the duration of their studies and, on successful completion, they will meet the academic requirements for Graduate (Grad IOSH) membership.

Graduate membership is the gateway to Chartered status. As IOSH is the only organisation in the world that offers Chartered membership to health and safety practitioners, this can help you achieve the highest professional standards and gain international recognition.

Our strong industrial and commercial links help us tailor our courses to meet employer’s needs, and ensure you graduate with the right skills to develop an exciting, dynamic career in construction. This industry relationship has been formalised into the Built Environment Strategic Forum (BESF). The mutual benefits arising from this university/industry partnership are significant and guarantee enhanced employability potential to our students and graduates.

Career prospects are excellent, particularly as employers value the skills and experience you will gain through the MSc Safety, Health and Environmental Management degree. Opportunities exist in a variety of organisations, including environmental protection, and occupational safety and health in private and public sectors.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.