Health Safety and Environmental Management MSc

Health Safety and Environmental Management MSc

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years

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Why study this programme?

If you’re a new graduate or an industry professional wanting to broaden and deepen your knowledge in a wide range of areas in health, safety and environmental management, then this master’s course is for you. Designed as a direct response of growing industry demand and shortage of skilled workforce with this crucial knowledge across a range of disciplines and profession, you’ll identify, assess and solve health, safety and environmental problems by applying the principles of good management.

The environment is becoming a global issue and international development is linked to the economics of natural resources. Health, safety and environmental management has become critical to the operation of both large and small organisations. The public and private sectors require staff with detailed environmental knowledge at regional, national and international level. Businesses are increasingly looking outside Europe to Asia, Australasia and the Americas to inform their best practices and maintain market share. You’ll complete the course prepared for a professional career requiring high levels of judgement, team-working, leadership, initiative, delegation and decision-making responsibilities.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for a MSc in Health Safety and Environmental Management degree are:

Entry can be made to the course through holding at least a lower second class award (BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) in a related subject.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Master-level studies are welcome.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language.  The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • NT4040 Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • NT4011 Dissertation or NT4034 Mater’s Project
  • NT4009 Waste treatment Technology

Semester 2

  • NT4040 Resources: Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Accounting
  • NT4011 Dissertation or NT4034 Mater’s Project
  • NT4007 Environmental Management within Organisations
  • NT4039 Emergency Response

Week workshops

  • FV4103 Risk Assessment and management
  • FV4101 Accidents and Catastrophes

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 15 May 2018

Further Information

NT4040 Environmental Legislation and Policy

The aim of this module is for the student to undertake an environmental audit at a commercial/public or private organisation.  They will place EMS in the wider context of EIA and related procedure such as CBA and Sustainability Appraisal .I will provide a critical appreciation of, and ability to commission, contribute to design processes, implement and review different types of environmental management systems (EMS) and tools.

NT4011 Dissertation or NT4034 Mater’s Project

The module provides guidance on planning a project and help with searching literature, analysing data and writing the report. Research skills: project definition and planning: aims, objectives, milestones and deliverables; investigating the state of the art - literature searches and reviewing; referencing - styles, academic good practice, plagiarism awareness; intellectual property, copyright and patents; report writing: structure and layout, writing abstracts, project methodologies in various disciplines, how to analyse and evaluate results, and conclusions - critical reflection and summary; the responsibilities of a professional. 

NT4009 Waste Treatment Technology

This module reviews and assesses technological options available for the treatment of waste. It will familiarises students with the following: (i) technical characteristics,(ii) manufacturers’ claims, (iii) operational limitations and economic implications and constraints associated with selected waste treatment options, (for example: thermal degradation with associated energy and material recovery). The module will investigate pyrolysis, gasification and biological treatment (including anaerobic digestion); waste stream management (proximity principle versus valorisation and trade in waste derived materials, sorting, use of transfer stations, volume reduction) and mitigation and energy recovery measures associated with disposal to landfill.  The module addresses waste related processes, material and energy flows, and relates these to institutional and legal structures and to the role of market forces. It identifies and evaluates opportunities and options in a range of situations, and provides opportunities for critical study and for the identification and presentation of alternatives

NT4040 Resources: Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Accounting

The aim of this module is for the student to develop a critical approach to theories, techniques and methods in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and its role in the ‘life cycle thinking’ of resource management. It will provide students with a learning environment in which they will develop their capacity for independent study, their ability to collaborate with others in team settings, and their capacity for critical thought and reflection;

At the end of the module the student will be able to evaluate the importance of resource management in European environmental management of anthropogenic carbon emissions

NT4039 Emergency Response

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of a wide range of emergency management doctrines from the UK and abroad, and their application in high hazard industries such as the aviation, nuclear, petrochemical, oil and gas pipelines and utilities industries.  The primary goal of the module is to study a variety of case studies and different techniques which can assist organisations in response to a range of serious incidents and worst case scenarios. Students will challenge whether or not lessons identified from investigation into real incidents have been implemented into the response plans of organisations that they work for.

Students will be exposed to the need for responding to a multitude of different facets of emergency response, including dealing with threats to the environment, mass casualties and fatalities, wide area evacuation, and public warning.

FV4103 Risk Assessment and management

This module aims to enable the students to understand the fundamental principles underlying the concept of risk assessment and its applications. This module is designed to develop student’s competence in qualitative and quantitative methods of risk analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, fire and explosion hazards, fire and explosion risk management and related issues. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will enhances students’ employability skills: critical thinking, independent research, problem solving, focusing on main issues, presentations and working with others.

FV4101 Accidents and Catastrophes

This module aims to develop an awareness and understanding of accident and catastrophe phenomena and their impact on society. This module will help the students to develop analytical and investigative skills applied to accident and catastrophes, and their prevention. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance students’ employability skills such as critical thinking, independent research, and problem solving and working with others.


The course will cover environmental management within organisations as well as the role policy and legislation plays. You will be exposed to a range of environmental technologies through site visits and will be able to experience how health and safety plays a significant role in ensuring safe operation of advanced technology.

Having an MSc will boost your career prospects. Students on the course come from diverse

professional and academic backgrounds, and generally hold the desire to either forge a new career in this specialist and highly rewarding field of work or enhance their existing career prospects. The course is therefore suitable for engineers, mangers, environmentalists who have recently graduated as well as those with experience who are seeking to extend their knowledge, or update their qualifications with a view to promotion or other new position.

On completion of the course you will have the skills suitable for careers in a wide range of industry, commercial and public sectors. You will have the opportunity to progress into a diverse range of careers within this role.

On successful completion of this programme, students will also be eligible to apply for progression to PhD studies within UCLan

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The course has strong links with both private and public organisations. These are links host field/site trips as well as providing lectures and workshops.  This allows students on the course to see the role Health Safety and Environmental Management has within a range of organisations.

The course team are all members of professional institutions and support students to become graduate members. 

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation will be sought from IOSH and IEMA and CIWM

Benefit to student is that they will be able to progress onto professional status with one of the organisations.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course adopts a range of approaches to the delivery of curriculum including: case studies, lectures, practical sessions, independent learning guided by a tutor and tutorial sessions.

Assessment of learning is conducted by a range of methods including: tutorial questions, examination, use of online assessment via Blackboard questions, extended assignments, presentations, poster defence and written reports.

The course benefits from world-class facilities.