Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management

Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management


Andreea Miller


MO: 10AM - 11AMWE10AM - 12AMFR: 8AM - 9AM

HSE Overview

Health (H), Safety (S) and Environment (HSE) is an acronym for the set that studies and implements the practical aspects of protecting the environment and maintaining health and safety at occupation.

From a safety standpoint, it involves creating organized efforts and procedures for identifying workplace hazards and reducing accidents and exposure to harmful situations and substances. It also includes training of personnel in accident prevention, accident response, emergency preparedness, and use of protective clothing and equipment.

Better health at its heart, should have the development of safe, high quality, and environmentally friendly processes, working practices and systemic activities that prevent or reduce the risk of harm to people in general, operators, or patients.

From an environmental standpoint, it involves creating a systematic approach to complying with environmental regulations, such as managing waste or air emissions all the way to helping site's reduce the company's carbon footprint.

Regulatory requirements play an important role in HSE discipline and HSE managers must identify and understand relevant HSE regulations, the implications of which must be communicated to executive management so the company can implement suitable measures.

The program delivers distinct, but integrated, HSE and management units taught by practitioner academics, so you can develop your skills with true industry perspective. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals and you will have flexibility in your choice of electives, including an option to undertake a research project under supervision.

A graduate certificate and graduate diploma in occupational health, safety and environmental management are available as exit awards from this course.


  • Duration
  • Credit
  • Type
  • Major
  • Specializations
  • Learning
  • Languages
  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Thesis
  • Certificate
  • Students
  • Prerequisite
1-2 Years
45 hrs.
Professional Education
Master Degree
Bachelor Degree


HSE Program Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) and Learning Outcomes (PLO) of the HSE program have been designed in line with the vision of the GUST and are based on inputs received form all stakeholders. The PEOs of the HSE Program are:

  1. To impart knowledge of the fundamentals of Management theory and its application in problem solving.
  2. Select and apply appropriate tools for decision making required for solving complex HSE managerial problems.
  3. To develop capabilities in students to independently conduct theoretical as well as applied research.
  4. To develop sound knowledge of the HSE process and inculcate creativity and innovation among students
  5. To produce industry ready graduates having highest regard for Personal & Institutional Integrity, Social Responsibility, Teamwork and Continuous Learning

HSE Program Outcomes

On successfully completing the program the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of HSE management science to solve complex corporate problems with limited resources
  • Review literature, define and analyze management research problems.
  • Identify HSE opportunities, design and implement innovations in work space.
  • Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal, and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to management practice.
  • Apply ethical principles for making judicious managerial decisions.
  • Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in    multidisciplinary settings.
  • Communicate effectively with various stakeholders.
  • Engage in independent and life-long learning.


Through this course, you will understand the importance of the dynamic nature of the organizational culture, and role dynamic and adaptive role of management and leadership strategies to enhance safety performance. The critical importance of good risk communication will be demonstrated, as based upon strategic risk decision making, hazard analysis, risk assessment, risk modelling, and determined risk acceptability.

You will gain practical understanding of workplace, work-equipment, chemical, physical and biological hazards and their potential to act synergistically to impact detrimentally on safety and health. You will explore the core components of environmental management systems and their role in pollution prevention, together with the role of legislation and environmental regulators. Building on your existing knowledge ,the risks arising from common commercial and industrial processes and the concept of Best Available Technology (BAT) in the context of industrial environmental management and control will also be covered when you create and develop your own case study.

What will you gain?

This course will support those of you already with OH&S roles and for those new to the world of OSH prepare you for a career in occupational safety and health through the development of knowledge, understanding and the application of practical and professional skills necessary for future practice. You will develop an informed, critical and imaginative attitude towards professional practice.

You will be able to problem-solve at both an individual level and within a complex range of problems, and prioritize a range of options and select appropriate communication formats to convey solutions.

You will have the knowledge to select, apply and evaluate, autonomously, a range of inspection and investigation techniques. Using this collected evidence, you will be confident to make decisions, recommendations and articulate solutions on a proposed course of action in relation to HSE problems in often complex situations and environments.

You will have the ability to operate successfully in a culturally diverse and globally oriented society.
Finally, you will exhibit applied competence in the use of management techniques in the assessment, evaluation and solution giving to commercial environmental aspects of environmental performance improvement.


Environmental Assessment and Management (6 credits) - Compulsory

This module seeks to provide knowledge/insight of environmental pollution prevention, focusing on skills development using common pollutants.

Factors Affecting Risk and Strategic Risk Intervention (6 credits) - Compulsory

This module aims to provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management as it is applied at a strategic level from a multi-disciplinary, science-led perspective. You will explore the frameworks that can be used to relate the functions of risk management to better understand the process of decision making and the factors which influence it.

Health and Safety within High Risk Industries (6 credits) - Compulsory

The module aims to enhance your skills of inspection, testing and evaluation in respect to the physical and traumatic dangers presented by the nature/use of premises, plant, equipment and commonly occurring high risk processes. You will also gain the skills to promote remedial and proactive risk management improvement strategies in high risk environments.

Occupational Hygiene and Health (6 credits) - Compulsory

This module will allow you to thoroughly appraise and evaluate the legal, theoretical and practical aspects of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, controlling and managing the risks presented by a range of workplace hazardous agents. You will learn to integrate the concepts of healthy workplaces and health and wellbeing into occupational health and safety practice.

Philosophy and Leadership of Occupational Safety and Health Improvement (6 credits) - Compulsory

This module takes an organizational and strategic view of management, leadership, partnership and policy for occupational health and safety together with key legal principles on which safety law is based. You will explore differing approaches to safety management and the internal and external organizational drivers. You will also acquire skills in risk assessment and management as well as accident investigation and safety improvement initiative.

Management of Workplace Safety (6 credits) - Compulsory

This module will provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management in the context of workplace, work environment and work equipment safety. This includes risks arising from physical and organizational aspects of the workplace in a range of contexts and settings.

Research Methods and Master Project (12 credits) - Compulsory

This module will give you the organizational and research management skills required to formulate research questions, design and implement an MSc project. Where appropriate, you will undertake fieldwork to generate quantitative and/or qualitative data, whilst other projects will utilize existing datasets collected from existing studies. Research skills are supported by knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques and communication approaches. These skills will be applied in the design and completion of practitioner-based research including the development of original and independent investigations. These aim to integrate theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to investigate a program-relevant issue at the required postgraduate level.

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the program team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

Admission Requirements

  • Proving language proficiency when obtaining a minimum score of 500 in TOEFL or 5.5 in ILETS.
  • Satisfactory performance in the HSE Admission Test which assesses applicants’ quantitative and qualitative skills by scoring at least 400 on the total Admission test scale.
  • Appropriate performance during the interview with the HSE Admission Council.


Admission Documents

  • Original Bachelor Certificate
  • Original Bachelor Transcript.
  • Scanned Copy of Passport or National ID.
  • Resume (C.V)

Degree Requirements:

  1. Degree candidate students must complete all course work for the master degree within minimum 4 and maximum 6 successive semesters after enrollment in the program. Graduation requires from students to complete 48 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average "GPA" of 3.0.
  2. Students who finished 6 successive semesters and were not able to attain the required 48 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more must appeal to GUST Academic Council (GSBAC) for an exceptional and additional semester to fulfill their degree requirements.
  3. Students who have completed their requirements of credit hours, but their cummulative GPA falls below 3.0, are allowed to register a maximum of 3 courses from the second, third and fourth semesters in order to improve their cummulative GPA.
  4. Non -Thesis students who completed 48 credits of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 shall be eligible for graduation once they pass the Comprehensive Examination with a a grade "Pass".
  5. To register for a Thesis, academic HSE students are required to register for a 24 credit hour thesis after finishing their course work with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  6. Academic standing in the Graduate Diploma degrees is governed by the following regulations:
    • Students must complete all course work for the GDM degree within a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 semesters after enrollment in the program.
    • No student will be allowed to graduate from the GDM program without attaining a minimum of 24 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more.
    • Students, who finished the 4 successive semesters and were not able to attain the degree requirements must appeal to the Academic Council for an exceptional and additional semester to fulfill their degree requirements

How can the Master Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management support your career?

The need for health & safety professionals has never been greater and this course will equip you for a wide range of roles in areas such as occupational health, occupational hygiene, environmental management, risk management and consultancy, globally. A very high percentage of our students go into jobs directly related to the course.

You will be encouraged to seek and take up employment opportunities during your studies so you are able to view job roles through the occupational health and safety perspective. We will build on your experiences to embed wider understanding of safety practice. Your professors, tutors, and health and safety recruitment consultants will provide  support to enhance your employability. The team also work closely with the professional body to link research to real world work. When available, students have opportunity to apply for placements and internships that are posted on our virtual learning site.

This course can open the doors to a wide range of careers. You could work in a company as a health, safety and environment advisor, or within a specialist consultancy, or as a self-employed practitioner. Many of our graduates also work overseas for international companies. Previous graduates have found work in the following sectors:

  • Oli & Gas Sector
  • Mining & Quarrying
  • Construction & Contracting
  • Manufacturing
  • Services & Trade
  • Local Authorities
  • Government agencies
  • Universities
  • Human Factors
  • Facilities management
  • Consultancies

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