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 course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

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. 

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
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 February 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

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14500 

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.



Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.


USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount


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.