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Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

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Campus
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Kelvin Grove
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Delivery
On-campus or external
Course starts
February and July
February
CRICOS
061160A

Highlights

  • Gain expert knowledge in risk assessment, risk management, ergonomics, occupational health, law, and safety technology.
  • Complete in 2 semesters full-time, or 4 semesters part-time.
  • Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
  • Opportunity to progress into the Master of Health, Safety and Environment

Highlights

  • Gain expert knowledge in risk assessment, risk management, ergonomics, occupational health, law, and safety technology.
  • Complete in 2 semesters full-time, or 4 semesters part-time.
  • Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
  • Opportunity to progress into the Master of Health, Safety and Environment

Why choose this course?

This course focuses on developing occupational health and safety professionals who are able to apply current knowledge and analytical methods to the management and improvement of occupational health and safety in an organisation. The course explores a number of areas of fundamental importance to OHS practice to ensure graduates are prepared to work across a range of industries and have the advanced knowledge and skills suitable for leadership positions.

Students may have the opportunity to complete up to 240 hours of placement during this course. This placement is not compulsory but does provide a valuable opportunity for career development and networking. You may also access QUT's career mentoring program which connects you with external industry professionals who are able to offer advice and coaching to support your career goals.

Leading industry professionals are contributors to the development and ongoing sustainment of our programs. They provide insight into emerging trends and are regular guest lecturers and presenters in many of the occupational health and safety subject areas.

What to expect

The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is multidisciplinary in design and equips students with advanced knowledge and skills in risk assessment, risk management, ergonomics, occupational health, law, management, and occupational hygiene.

Graduates of this program can pursue management positions in a variety of industries locally and overseas.

Flexible delivery

The course is offered internally and externally and all the study material and lecture recordings are made available to both internal and external students. In some units, on-campus workshops are held for both internal and external students. Attendance at these workshops is not compulsory, although it is encouraged. Students, particularly external students, will need a reliable internet connection and up-to-date hardware (including a multimedia headset with microphone) and up-to-date software. Some units include podcasts and online discussion forums.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Occupational Health and Safety graduates take responsibility for leading and facilitating organisations to attain healthy and safe working conditions, safe systems of work and to comply with work health and safety legislation.

OHS graduates are employed throughout industry, however the majority of OHS positions are in construction, mining, manufacturing, transport and human services. OHS professionals work in corporations, government and consulting firms. Entry level professionals will generally spend considerable amounts of time at workplaces interacting with workers and frontline management. This course provides a pathway towards mid to senior level employment in diverse organisational contexts.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Course articulation

The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety articulates into the Master of Health, Safety and Environment.

 

Possible careers

  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
  • Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Occupational Health and Safety Manager
  • Senior Advisor (Health and Safety)
  • Work Health and Safety Advisor
  • Work Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Work Health and Safety Manager
  • Work Health and Safety Officer

Details and units

Students complete eight core units. The course is available full-time and part-time. Internal and external modes are available. During your studies you will examine all facets of occupational health and safety practice. You will also develop the skills to assess the relevant literature so that you can base your advice and decisions on sound evidence.

 
As a student you will:

  • Discuss and analyse risk assessment methods including risk analysis techniques such as HAZOP, FMEA, hazard indices, fault trees, event trees, reliability analysis, statistical analysis and probability.
  • Explore the impact of legislation and industrial relations on the management of OHS, including the regulation of physical, biological, and chemical hazards.
  • Learn about the nature of materials in regards to failure, fire, and explosions and how to configure appropriate safety systems including storage, handling and transport of hazardous materials.  
  • Analyse the theory and practice of OHS management and how the structure of an organisation, its environment, and potential loss exposures contribute to risk management.
  • Understand the role of ergonomics in optimising OHS and productivity, and develop skills in analysing the relationships between the worker, the work space, and the environment.  
  • Explore health hazards in the workplace which can result in disease and disorders, including occupational skin conditions, respiratory diseases, mental disorders, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and the needs of special groups.
  • Learn about toxicology and the recognition, evaluation and control of chemical and physical hazards and how to provide professional judgement in investigating, analysing, and evaluating workplace hazards.

 

Students complete eight core units. The course is available full-time and part-time. Internal and external modes are available. During your studies you will examine all facets of occupational health and safety practice. You will also develop the skills to assess the relevant literature so that you can base your advice and decisions on sound evidence.

 
As a student you will:

  • Discuss and analyse risk assessment methods including risk analysis techniques such as HAZOP, FMEA, hazard indices, fault trees, event trees, reliability analysis, statistical analysis and probability.
  • Explore the impact of legislation and industrial relations on the management of OHS, including the regulation of physical, biological, and chemical hazards.
  • Learn about the nature of materials in regards to failure, fire, and explosions and how to configure appropriate safety systems including storage, handling and transport of hazardous materials.  
  • Analyse the theory and practice of OHS management and how the structure of an organisation, its environment, and potential loss exposures contribute to risk management.
  • Understand the role of ergonomics in optimising OHS and productivity, and develop skills in analysing the relationships between the worker, the work space, and the environment.  
  • Explore health hazards in the workplace which can result in disease and disorders, including occupational skin conditions, respiratory diseases, psycho-social stress, musculoskeletal injuries and the needs of special groups.
  • Learn about toxicology and the recognition, evaluation and control of chemical and physical hazards and how to provide professional judgement in investigating, analysing, and evaluating workplace hazards.

Requirements

Course code
PU65
CRICOS code
061160A
Delivery
  • On-campus or external
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
1 years full-time
2 years part-time
Duration
1 years full-time
Entry
February and July
The July entry point is only available in part-time mode.
Entry
February

Academic entry requirements

  • A completed recognised bachelor degree(or higher award) in any discipline; or
  • A completed recognised diploma in occupational health and safety with at least three years full-time equivalent work experience in an occupational health and safety role

 

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4 (on QUT's 7 point scale) in any discipline.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 21

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Advanced standing

Students with relevant postgraduate studies may be eligible for credit, subject to recency of study.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $9,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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