Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced (Occupational Hygiene)

Course summary

The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced provides a choice of first specialisations in either Occupational Hygiene, Ergonomics or Risk Management, and second specialisations in either Health Promotion or WHS Research. It is intended for students who want to broaden or deepen their studies with a two year degree.

Occupational Hygiene uses science and engineering to measure the extent of worker exposure, and to design and implement appropriate control strategies to prevent ill health caused by the working environment. Health Promotion develops advanced knowledge and skills related to population health. The Research specialisation allows for a significant research project in the final stage of the program.

This degree

UOW's Work Health and Safety programs have been developed in conjunction with a wide range of industry sectors to address the complex nature of occupational health and safety in the workplace.

The program has a flexible mode of delivery, with online content delivered up front, and block teaching sessions of 3–5 days for exploration and application of subject material. On campus teaching components utilise a range of resources, including the well-equipped OHS Laboratory.


What you will study

The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced (Occupational Hygiene) provides an intensive professional program of study in the area of occupational health and safety, specialising in Occupational Hygiene. The knowledge and skills you develop throughout the course will be applied to a research-based capstone workplace project in the final stage of the degree program. This will give you a high level of evidence-based professional practice in occupational health and safety.

You will either broaden or deepen your study by completing a second specialisation in Health Promotion or WHS Research.

Course information

Study area

Work Health and Safety

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

455

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible

Cricos

086232F

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

A recognised 3-year Bachelor degree with a major in a Science or Health-related discipline; or a degree in another relevant area (for example Engineering) which contains at least one year of science-based subjects. Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or work experience may be considered.

MWHS Adv students commencing in Spring, with no prior credit, must complete the Health Promotion specialisation before commencing their WHS subjects.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Work Health and Safety will count as credit towards the Master of Work Health & Safety Advanced) (Occupational Hygiene) upon successful transfer.

For students who enter directly in the Master of Work Health & Safety Advanced (Occupational Hygiene), the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Work Health & Safety are available as exit qualifications. Students who are considering exiting the MWHS Adv early should discuss this with the Course Coordinator as soon as possible.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
Flexible

Session Fee: $14,256
Full Course Fee: $57,024

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

A recognised 3-year Bachelor degree with a major in a Science or Health-related discipline; or a degree in another relevant area (for example Engineering) which contains at least one year of science-based subjects. Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or work experience may be considered.

MWHS Adv students commencing in Spring, with no prior credit, must complete the Health Promotion specialisation before commencing their WHS subjects.

Credit Transfer

All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Work Health and Safety will count as credit towards the Master of Work Health & Safety Advanced) (Occupational Hygiene) upon successful transfer.

For students who enter directly in the Master of Work Health & Safety Advanced (Occupational Hygiene), the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Work Health & Safety are available as exit qualifications. Students who are considering exiting the MWHS Adv early should discuss this with the Course Coordinator as soon as possible.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
Flexible

Session Fee: $10,032
Full Course Fee: $40,128

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within one week of receipt.

  • International Applicants: 7 February.

Late applications may be accepted where places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced will be able to: 

  1. Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret WHS issues using data, research and argument.
  2. Develop and demonstrate expertise through effective responses to WHS issues with creativity, logic and critical thinking.
  3. Effectively interpret, articulate and convey work health & safety knowledge, skills and ideas to collaborate and engage with people in different settings and different cultural environments.
  4. Demonstrate awareness and strategies to acknowledge, appreciate and respect diversity.
  5. Develop strategies to maintain personal integrity within the field of WHS.
  6. Identify, critically evaluate, reflect on, synthesise and apply appropriate resources and technologies for professional practice in WHS in order to function effectively in the digital environment.
  7. Conceptualise key issues and concepts related to a range of contemporary public health sub-disciplines.

Course Structure

The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced requires the successful completion of at least 96 credit points including:

  1. 48 credit points from core subjects;
  2. A 24 credit point specialisation in either Ergonomics, Occupational Hygiene or Risk Management; and
  3. An additional 24 credit point specialisation in either Health Promotion or WHS Research

as specified below.

Students who commence in Spring session must complete the Health Promotion specialisation prior to commencing the core Work Health and Safety subjects.

CORE SUBJECTS

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
HAS 860 People & Work 6 Autumn
HAS 871 WHS Risk Management 6 Autumn
HAS 980 Industrial Epidemiology & Toxicology 6 Autumn
LAW 969 Work Health and Safety Law 6 Winter
HAS 870 Work Injury Management 6 Spring
HAS 861 Workplace Hazards & Hygiene 6 Spring
HAS 973 Occupational Health & Safety Systems 6 Spring
HAS 961 Physical Hazards at Work 6 Spring

SPECIALISATIONS

Specialisations are normally commenced after the core requirements are completed.  Students commencing in Spring session will complete the requirements for the Health Promotion specialisation first, before completing core requirements and a second specialisation in subsequent sessions.  Students wishing to undertake the WHS Research specialisation will normally have completed the core and first specialisation requirements prior to the major project.

ERGONOMICS SPECIALISATION
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 2
HAS 941 Research Methods 6 Autumn
HAS 979 Ergonomics Essentials 6 Autumn
HAS 964 Ergonomics Workplace Project 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring
OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE SPECIALISATION

Subject Code

Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 2
HAS 941 Research Methods 6 Autumn
HAS 962 Occupational Hygiene 6 Autumn
HAS 965 Occupational Hygiene Workplace Project 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring
RISK MANAGEMENT SPECIALISATION

Subject Code

Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 2
HAS 941 Research Methods 6 Autumn
HAS 967 Advanced WHS Risk Management 6 Autumn
HAS 963 Workplace Project 12 Autumn, Annual and Spring
 HEALTH PROMOTION SPECIALISATION

The Health Promotion specialisation must be taken by all students commencing in Spring session.  Health Promotion is not available in combination with the WHS Research specialisation.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 2
HAS 911 Contemporary Public Health Issues II 8 Autumn, Spring
HAS 910 Health Promotion Competencies II 8 Spring
Plus one of the following two subjects:
HAS 914 Health Promotion II 8 Autumn
HAS 937 Nutrition Promotion 8 Spring
 WHS RESEARCH SPECIALISATION

 Admission to the WHS Research specialisation requires students to achieve 65% average in the core subjects and permission of the Director of Academic Programs.  It may only be taken in combination with the specialisations in Ergonomics, Occupational Hygiene or Risk Management.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 2
HAS 942 Major Project 24 Annual, Autumn, Spring, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Accreditation for the Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced is being sought from The Australian Occupational Health & Safety Educators Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB). 

The Master of Work Health and Safety Advanced (Occupational Hygiene) is accredited by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Accreditation is being sought from the The Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and the The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)

Why choose this course

UOW is home to Work Health and Safety scholars who are leaders in their field. The strong pedagogical basis of the course is informed by a team of experienced teaching staff from a range of professional backgrounds, including allied heath, engineering, occupational hygiene and risk management. The multidisciplinary approach to learning and teaching at UOW enables valuable interdisciplinary experience with Public Health and Social Sciences students, and academic input from engineering, medicine, various allied health professionals, law and business.

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