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Master of Occupational Health and Safety

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM126

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management is an area of prime importance in the management of enterprises and other workplaces, generating a demand for qualified occupational health and safety professionals. These programs are designed to enable graduates to work effectively in a range of OHS professional roles.

The program is recognised by SafeWork SA and Safework Australia, as well as the Safety Institute of Australia, the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and other relevant OHS professional organisations.

The courses are offered in a partnership between the University of Adelaide (Discipline of Public Health) and the University of South Australia (School of Psychology). Students must complete a cross-institutional enrolment form to undertake courses at the University of South Australia.


For additional information, phone (08)8303 4637 or email the Discipline's Postgraduate Administrative Officer.

  • Program Structure

    Both the Masters and Graduate Diploma require the core courses plus electives—four for the Grad Dip and eight for the Masters. The Graduate Certificate comprises the four core courses.

    Core Courses:

    • Diseases of Occupation
    • Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics
    • Occupational Safety and Statistics (UniSA)
    • OHS Law and Risk Management (UniSA)


    Choose from the following:

    • Advanced Occupational Hygiene (intensive mode only)
    • Advanced OHS Management (UniSA)
    • Introduction to Biostatistics
    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • National Short Course in Environmental Health (intensive mode only)
    • Occupational & Environmental Health Studies
    • Occupational Safety (UniSA)
    • Occupational Toxicology
    • OHS Management & Law IIG (UniSA)
    • OHS Practicum (counts as two courses)
    • OHS Research Thesis (counts as four courses)
    • OHSM Dissertation (counts as two courses)
    • Practical Occupational Health
    • Social Science Research Methods for Public Health


  • Assessment

    Exams, presentations and written assignments

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  • Admission and Fee Information

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3CM126
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $7,756
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    Completed Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management or equivalent with at least a credit average.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM126

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    IELTS Overall 6.5 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $19,500
    Mid-year entry? Subject to availability
    CRICOS 031023C
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
    Equivalent Scores
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $19,500
    Mid-year entry? Subject to availability
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Core Courses

    All candidates shall complete the following core courses:

    Offered by the University of Adelaide:

    • Diseases of Occupation (3 units)
    • Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics (3 units)

    Offered by UniSA:

    • Occupational Safety & Statistics (3 units)
    • OHS Law and Risk Management (3 units)

    All candidates shall complete 24 units selected from the following elective courses:

    Offered by the University of Adelaide:

    • Occupational Health & Safety Practicum (6 units)
    • Occupational and Environmental Health Studies (3 units)
    • Advanced Occupational Hygiene (3 units)
    • Occupational Toxicology (3 units)
    • Practical Occupational Health (3 units)

    Offered by UniSA:

    • Advanced OHS Management (3 units)
    • Occupational Safety (3 units)
    • OHS Management and Law IIG (3 units)

    Offered by both universities:

    • OHS Research Methods (3 units)
    • OHSM Dissertation (6 units)

    Or, other courses offered by the University of Adelaide or other universities which the Faculty approves for presentation in lieu of elective courses listed above to the value of 6 units.


    Candidates may complete a research course and dissertation in lieu of 12 elective units, provided that the course OHS Research Methods, or equivalent, is completed prior to commencement.

  • Career Opportunities

    OHS managers and program coordinators, occupational health nurses, OHS inspectors and advisers and OHS educators.

    Potential careers

    Workplace Consultant, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Health, Safety and Welfare Manager, Ergonomist, Occupational Hygienist, Safety Specialist

  • Graduate Attributes

    Students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing the following attributes:

    • Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised.
    • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner.
    • An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems.
    • Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication.
    • A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies.
    • A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life.
    • A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community.
    • An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities.
  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

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The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Friday, 18 Oct 2013


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