Master of Occupational Health and Safety
DurationPart-time 3 years
AU$15,360 (2019 annual)
Next intakeJuly, February
Next intakeNot applicable
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) concerns the application of scientific principles to understand the nature of risks to the safety of people in workplaces. It is a multidisciplinary profession with applications in all industries and commerce.
Both community expectation and government legislation demand an increasingly higher level of protection for employees and the community from risks that threaten their safety and health. As such, there is also an increasing demand in society for professionals with experience and qualifications in OHS.
The Master in OHS builds on your learning from the Graduate Diploma in OHS and provides you with the opportunity to undertake:
- a substantial research activity, allowing you to reflect on OHS theory and practice
- specialist occupational hygiene courses in addition to an occupational hygiene research project - this minor is suitable for students wanting to become occupational hygiene specialists
- courses from the RMIT MBA program in addition to an OHS management implementation project - this option is suitable for students looking to move into OHS management roles.
The program is run face-to-face in block mode supported by real time online tutorials.
Generally, courses are held over one week (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), before the beginning of the traditional academic semester, e.g. during mid-Feb, and mid-July. Online tutorials are usually held during one evening per fortnight per course.
The Master degree includes an individual research project in the final semester to ensure that you can reflect critically on the OHS theory and practice.
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Many assignments are designed to put theory into workplace practice providing an education that is directly applicable to your role as an OHS professional.
On completion of the Graduate Diploma you may apply for entry to the Master program (144 credit points). Entry into the Master program is dependent on a Distinction average grade achieved in the Graduate Diploma.
After completion of the Graduate Diploma, you can choose one of three options, depending on your career goals:
Option A - research-intensive
Complete the following courses:
- Research Methods
- Research Project 1
- Research Project 2
Option B - Occupational Hygiene minor
- Toxicology and Epidemiology
- Measurement and Control of the Workplace Environment
- Assessment and Control of Physical and Biological Hazards
- Occupational Hygiene Project
Option C - Management option
- Introduction to Business Management
- Leadership and Management
- Management 1 - Managing People
- Work Health and Safety Implementation Project
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3 years part time
6 semesters part time
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Program code: MC135
Graduates find work within industry, government, the service sector, consulting or in workers' compensation insurance companies.
Generalist practitioners are called health and safety executives (HSE), OHS managers, risk managers, OHS coordinators or safety officers.
Graduates with the Occupational Hygiene minor would be called occupational or industrial hygienists or occupational hygiene managers.
Positions with additional environmental responsibilities are known as EHS or SHE (safety, health and environment) managers.
The Master and Graduate Diploma in OHS are accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.
Application has been made for accreditation of the Occupational Hygiene minor with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
An accredited qualification in the minimum education requirement for professional certification as an OHS professional and/or Occupational Hygienist.
Graduates are eligible for professional membership with the Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing OHS professionals and practitioners, and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
With appropriate experience graduates can become a Chartered Professional Member (CPMSIA) or Certified Occupational Hygienists.
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or
- Note: Applicants wishing to study the Occupational Hygiene stream and become certified must have a Bachelor degree or post graduate qualification in a relevant area such as chemistry, engineering, health and safety management, human biology or physics. Other degrees that contain a minimum of one year of science based subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.
- significant work experience or professional practice
- As a guide, significant experience would generally be a minimum of five years of experience in occupational health and safety based roles.
To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:
- a CV
- a personal statement that demonstrates your academic foundation for masters study. This may include:
- details on how your professional experiences relates to the program
- demonstration of critical thinking in personal and/or professional practice
- communication and problem solving skills
2019 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$15,360*
* This program is usually run on a part-time basis. The 2019 tuition fee quoted is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Fees shown above apply to 2019 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.