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  • 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
QUT course code PU65
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Note: The July entry point is only available in part-time mode.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact Public Health
CRICOS code 061160A
  • 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


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.

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.

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.

Career 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

This course is accredited with the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Advanced standing

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

Course articulation

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



Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

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.


Entry requirements

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

Limited places

There are limited Commonwealth Supported places in this course. Places are likely to fill early so you are encouraged to apply for this course as soon as possible to secure a place.

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)

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