Occupational Safety & Health

UCAS codes

  • B920 -

Course contact

Jan Miller
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Occupational Safety and Health is professionally recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and is designed to produce graduates with a responsibility for the maintenance of safety and health within industry, commerce and public bodies.

BSc Occupational Safety and Health - University of the West of Scotland

UWS - Occupational safety and health Stats

SQA Highers: BBBB or ABBC including 2 sciences
GCE A-Levels: CCC including 1 science, plus GCSE Biology and Chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H3 or H2 H2 H2 H4 including 2 sciences
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including Biology or Human Biology plus 3 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB
GCE A Levels: BBB including Biology and Chemisrty
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Biology or Human Biology and Chemisty plus 3 other subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Appropriate health and safety based subject
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Appropriate health and safety based subject

The job of the safety professional has expanded from the traditional role of accident prevention and protection of individual employees, to now include safety management systems, risk assessment, risk reduction and risk control techniques. This new philosophy is based on assessment and control of risk rather than prescriptive measures.

The programme is designed for candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, giving you the confidence to manage the health and safety of your organisation. If you are not yet employed, this degree will give you a competitive edge.

Year 1

You will have a broad base from which more advanced topics can be developed. Students successfully completing Year 1 can progress to Year 2 in Occupational Safety and Health, or Environmental Health (page 159). Topics include cells and molecules, biodiversity, scientific investigation and health and safety at work.

Year 2

Studies cover all the main topic areas and various speakers will discuss subjects relating to their area of expertise including health and safety law, radiation, technology and risk management.

Year 3

The emphasis is on management, to enable students to understand the principles and application of managing health and safety in the workplace. Environmental management is introduced and modules include case studies, managing health and safety within business and a safety management project.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will undertake a research project and you are introduced to health and wellbeing,housing, acoustics and health, and pollution control.
Demand is growing for well-qualified and suitably trained graduates to solve health and safety, environmental and waste management problems. Our graduates pursue careers in local authorities, public sector organisations, education, construction, shipbuilding and insurance companies. Jobs include health and safety officers, consultants and risk assessors with major companies including Barr Construction, Magnox North Limited and Chemring Energetics UK Ltd. BSc Hons graduates can apply to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to become a graduate member. If accepted they can use the designatory letters Grad IOSH, denoting those who are academically qualified to become Chartered Members, but are currently completing a mandatory IPD/CPD cycle.
“An excellent and comprehensive course which provides the knowledge and understanding required to progress to the higher levels of the health and safety profession.”
Nicholas Goodings, Occupational Safety and Health graduate

Useful Information

  • For course availability check UCAS

    The programme is also offered on a part-time basis.