MSc in Environmental, Health and Safety Management
- Award: Masters Degree
- Level: 9
This is a one year full-time course aimed at honours degree graduates of science, engineering or related areas. Graduates will be able to manage the environmental, health and safety (EHS) affairs of organisations and will be capable of developing management strategies as part of the management of quality and other organisational functions.
The main focus is the practical application of theory using a combination of individual effort and teamwork, practical assignments, site visits, report writing, presentations, organisational audits and a dissertation focusing on the implementation of one or more of the key areas of
The taught element of the course occurs over two academic semesters, each student is assigned a dissertation supervisor, and the write-up typically takes place from January to September. A dedicated classroom is provided for the course and is equipped with facilities for teaching, presentations, group discussion work along with a dedicated computer for each student.
In the first semester, modules include environmental systems and technologies dealing with the technical aspects of environmental science such as, water pollution; air pollution; waste management, noise and vibration, energy and ecology. The occupational safety and health modules deal with hazard identification and risk assessment, machine and electrical safety, accident investigation and reporting, occupational hygiene, chemical safety, handling, storage and transport of hazardous materials, occupational health and ergonomics.
Modules in the second semester include environmental legislation, safety and health legislation, environmental impact assessment, policy and planning, environmental systems and auditing, safety and quality management systems and management theory and practice. Visits to industrial and municipal workplaces form a significant part of the course.
Further Study Opportunities:
Graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to the award of PhD at IT Sligo or at other third level institutes.
More and more organisations are now implementing EHS management systems based on international and European standards. These systems enable companies to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to managing their EHS affairs. Since the introduction of IPPC licensing under the EPA Act, 1992, approximately 1,000 Irish organisations have been issued with licenses, a condition of these includes a requirement to implement an Environmental Management System. Many other organisations are also considering or are in the process of installing, systems to ensure better management of their EHS affairs. Once these systems are implemented, considerable resources are required for their continued operation, management and improvement.
Applicants with a level 8 honours degree in science or engineering or in a related area are eligible to apply.
Duration: 1 year
Course places: 16
For further information, contact:
Blaithin McGrath, Lecturer
T: +353 (0) 71 91 55282
David Mullarkey, Lecturer
T: +353 (0) 71 91 55260