Programme Specification









Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellbeing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences



MSc Environment, Health and Safety (on line)

PgD Environment, Health and Safety (on line)






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  1. Name  of programme 


MSc Environment, Health and Safety


  1. Award title


MSc Environment, Health & Safety

      PgD Environment, Health & Safety

PgC Environment, Health & Safety Studies.



  1. Programme linkage

Is this part of a group of linked programmes between which students can transfer at agreed points? (eg a group of programmes with a common set of taught modules)






  1. Is the programme a top-up only?





  1. Level of award: Level 7 only


  1. Awarding body: University of Sunderland


  1. Which department is it in?


     School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing


  1. Programme Studies Board: Safety, Health & Environment


  1. Programme Leader: Dr Mary Argyraki


  1. How and where can I study the programme?


At Sunderland:


Full-time on campus


Part-time on campus


As work-based learning full-time


As work-based learning part-time


As a full-time sandwich course


As a part-time sandwich course


By distance learning



At the University of Sunderland London campus: 


Full-time on campus


Part-time on campus


As work-based learning full-time


As work-based learning part-time


As a full-time sandwich course


As a part-time sandwich course


By distance learning



At a partner college:


Full-time in the UK 


Part-time in the UK


Full-time overseas


Part-time overseas


By distance learning


As a full-time sandwich course in the UK


As a part-time sandwich course in the UK


As a full-time sandwich course overseas


As a part-time sandwich course overseas


As work-based learning full-time in the UK 


As work-based learning part-time overseas


Other (please specify)



  1. How long does the programme take?


Min number of years / months

Max number of years / months



Min number of years / months

Max number of years / months


14 months

42 months



10 months

30 months


2 years

6 years



18 months

54 months



These programmes are offered in both full time and part time modes running from the University of Sunderland campus. 

Full time programmes have a start date of September.

Part time programmes have a start date of August.















Use Outline Programme Proposal Form for ADC (AQH-B2-2), for questions 12 to 22


  1. Learning and teaching strategy.


This programme is designed to support and develop a broad spectrum of students who are not able to attend on campus programmes due to distance or work/family commitments and who wish to follow a career in Environment, Health and Safety (EHS).  In this respect you can study whenever and wherever you like, without the need of obtaining a Visa or the need to spend extra on travel and accommodation, as a result of moving to Sunderland/UK.  On line students come from different countries including the UK, and have a variety of professional and academic qualifications.  This enables a cross fertilisation of expertise and a high level of on line debates with both peers and tutors.  This is an additional advantage of this on line and wider community. 


The focus of the programme is on providing students with both the necessary subject knowledge together with a range of employability skills relevant for the workplace in a real life and practical way.   Many on line students are professional, mature students from a variety of disciplines related to EHS or complimentary disciplines such as Law, Business, Engineering and Education.  These students are normally motivated by career promotion or change.


A choice of PgD or MSc allows students to set their own goals and needs early on.  A PgD is suited to individuals who wish to progress within the workplace or gain an accredited qualification in EHS for graduate membership of IOSH. The MSc is appropriate for students who seek to gain a higher level academic qualification, progress in higher positions or progress to higher qualifications such as PhD or professional doctorate.  However, students who complete the PgD and wish to progress to the MSc can do by applying for the MSc using your PgD as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).


It is intended that a wide range of strategies will be used to help students improve their own ability to learn and to acquire the skills and techniques which are essential for the profession in EHS sector.  We also aim to assist in developing students in thoughtful and reflective practitioners in line with the IOSH revised curriculum and strategies.   The strategies employed in any part of a module have been selected for their appropriateness to the needs of the students as learners as well as practitioners of an Integrated EHS Management system. 


The learning within the individual modules is achieved through a variety of guided self-study materials that are written in distance learning format including video introductions and lectures.   Throughout the programme, great importance is placed on the identification of students’ individual needs and a range of strategies are in place to address them.  Students require access to the internet from their home computer and those who have not studied for a while or do not have distance learning experience, may require additional support at the start of their study.  This is firstly addressed at the Induction period, where various readings and exercises are there to check and confirm the individual needs of students.  We also provide additional support through the Library links and staff and provide a series of guidance in relation to Skills for Learning with additional support from the teaching team.  The aim is to provide knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of issues within the fields of Environmental Management and Health and Safety.



CANVAS, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), has a number of benefits for students and lecturers as it provides a large suite of interactive tools and platforms. The University is continually updating the use of such technologies as part of its Teaching and Learning Strategy. For example, throughout the VLE there are facilities to alert both staff and students with activities using the VLE’s calendar.  This particularly helps students to efficiently manage their workload and monitor their own progress, link to calendars and alert systems. Students can view their own grades, access their files anytime, from anywhere, and view content based on their learning preferences.  CANVAS also provides support 24/7 and students can link to their module or programme community at any time.   Canvas can be also be accessed directly at:



  1. Retention strategy


Before programme starts


Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the Programme Leader such that expectations are understood and any queries and concerns can be addressed early.  As the programme offers two different awards, PgD (120 credits) or MSc (180 credits) and in two modes, part time and full time study, it is important that students select their intended award based on their career,  personal aspirations and realistic expectations.  The options recognise the needs of students who need to work or have other commitments.  It also recognises the needs of students to select the PgD route and who may not necessarily be interested in doing academic research.  Should these students be inspired to continue their studies, this option could be extended to a full MSc.  


Initial Programme – Induction


To get a better insight of the programme and its modes of delivery, a pre enrolment Information pack is sent to applicants who have been accepted on the programme. 


To support students and identify their individual needs at an early stage, an extensive 6 week Induction Programme is designed to be taken by all students prior to the start of the modules. The Induction contains full Programme Handbook, guidance and links, as well as past student feedback which shares experiences with past students and their adjustment to the distance learning mode of study. 


The induction Programme starts with students getting to know each other, become familiar with how the course and VLE operates, how to access the library and its resources or other student services.  This helps students to build their confidence in working with the VLE and the induction sessions will bring all students together into a supportive on-line community.  Induction is assessed and completion of all tasks is required before students embark on their first module. 


Ongoing programme support


During the programme we are operating a Personal Tutorship scheme, where students are allocated a personal tutor in line with the University’s Tutorial Support Policy.  A contact system is devised to aid the timely contacting of students at the end of each semester or post Assessment Board Meetings to discuss progress.


The library participates actively in the Induction process and throughout the programme by:


Finally, during the delivery of the programme the team have considered the guidelines developed by the University on ‘Inclusive Programme Design – Disabled Students’ guidance.  We believe all these mechanisms make the transition to learning and assessment smoother and more successful.  Furthermore, students are encouraged to participate in all activities, so they feel part of the wider University community.  This, to our experience, influences positively your studies at the UoS.



  1. Any other


The integration of the topic areas of environment with health and safety is of relevance to practice.  These functions are often integrated at workplace as they share common principles and practices, often staff too.  It is through this integration that conflicts may arise and need to be resolved so that organisations move towards a more sustainable future.  We believe such approach will enhance students experience as it is more relevant to the workplace environment. 


The programme content and delivery is driven continually by IOSH, local partnerships we have developed with industries at Sunderland, as well as the new communication technologies employed as part of our VLE. 



Relationship with IOSH


The programme is accredited by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) and the H&S contents of the programme have been designed to meet the requirements of the IOSH core curriculum.


Once students complete and pass the first four modules for the programme they are eligible to join IOSH as a graduate member. During your time studying here in Sunderland we would encourage you to attend the meetings/seminars held by your relevant branches, wherever you are.

These meetings will enable you to make contact with a range of health & safety professionals. They will also provide you with topical up-to-date information about H&S issues.



Relationship with IEMA


Whilst not accredited with IEMA (Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment) the programme maintains close links with this organisation. Full information on IEMA can be found at their web site


IEMA also have a regional branch and full details of the North East regional group can be found at



  1. What is the programme about?

The programme covers two key areas of management for any organization:  Environment and Health & Safety (EHS).  Organisations need to identify and improve their impacts to the external environment (air, water and land) and stakeholders, as well impacts to own employees, focusing on management and performance improvements. In this respect the programme deals with Identification of hazards, their potential impacts to environment and employees, and consequently the assessment and management as well as communication of risks posed by such hazards.   The positions of EH&S or Sustainability Manager increasingly play a very important role for many organisations as they need to increase efficiencies and survive competition.


The content of the programme is driven by IOSH and IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). This ensures that it covers all aspects of the knowledge and skills required to operate in the field of EHS. The entire programme has a very practical basis enabling students to develop the skills that they will need to gain employment in the field of environment, health & safety. 

The learning outcomes of this PgD/ MSc programme can be readily applied at any workplace. 



  1. What will I know or be able to do at the end of the programme?


Learning Outcomes Postgraduate Certificate – Skills

By the end of this part of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following:


  • S1 Critique factors within the workplace that may impact on the environment and workplace health & safety.


  •     S2 Implement a broad range of skills associated with EH&S hazards and their management.



Learning Outcomes Postgraduate Certificate – Knowledge

By the end of this part of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following:


  • K1 Identify and critically appraise EH&S issues in the workplace


  •     K2 Relate the concepts associated with EH&S to the workplace or to case study situations.



     Learning Outcomes Postgraduate Diploma – Skills


By the end of this part of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following:


  • S3 Make recommendations for the most suitable means by which EH&S hazards can be controlled for a range of situations.


  • S4 Communicate to a range of audiences, using a variety of means the results of deliberation in the field of EH&S.


  • S5 Design research methodologies to critically evaluate an aspect of EH&S



Learning Outcomes Postgraduate Diploma – Knowledge

By the end of this part of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following:


  • K3 Critically evaluate the means by which EH&S hazards can be identified, evaluated, monitored, controlled and managed.


  • K4 Conceptualise and critically synthesise the means for controlling and measuring EH&S hazards.


  • K5 Discuss the role of critical reflection in the professional development of an EH&S manager.



Learning Outcomes Masters – Skills

By the end of this part of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following:


  • S6 Formulate and execute a research project in the topic of EH&S and be able to communicate the results of the research to your peers.


  • S7 Apply theoretical concepts and design and implement a research project.


  • S8 Collect and critically evaluate research data using an appropriately justified methodology.


Learning Outcomes Masters – Knowledge


By the end of this part of the programme successful students should know, understand or be able to do the following:


  •                    K6 Conceptualise and critically synthesise contemporaneous evidence from the field of EH&S to design and execute an applied research investigation into a negotiated               area of relevance to the discipline.






  1. What will the programme consist of?


The programme begins with an extensive Induction and an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the VLE and to discuss and share hopes, fears and expectations. 

Taught postgraduate programmes generally consist of a number of taught modules leading to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). A Masters qualification (180 credits) usually culminates in a major piece of independent work such as a project or dissertation. All modules are at postgraduate level (level 7 in the UK’s national scheme). The summary below describes briefly what is contained in the programme. The programme structure, including a detailed list of modules, can be found in the programme regulations (section E).


There are four modules of 30 credits each that make up the programme to PgD level. Three modules that cover the Environment, Health & Safety content and a fourth that covers a range of academic research and professional practice skills that will be needed both at the workplace and for completion of the programme. During the three EH&S modules you will learn how to identify hazards, evaluate the risks associated with them and then consider how to control and manage these hazards in the workplace.


The content of the three modules follows the sequence of a management system.  The first module will take you through the “planning” stage and cover general EH&S issues/hazards together with an introduction to the legislative framework and management systems. The second module progresses to the “do & check” stage and covers a range of methods that can be used to evaluate EH&S hazards in the workplace. The third module further details the “act” phase of the system by covering the management hazards and their impacts at local, national and global levels. The content of each of these modules will prepare you for the world of work as an Environment, Health & Safety manager.


The fourth module will enable students to develop the skills that are needed both for professional as well academic development.  Progress to the research project is optional for this on line programme, as we offer two intended awards: PgD and MSc.  Students are advised to discuss the two options with the Programme Leader at the application stage to decide their suitability for registration directly to MSc. 


The final element of the MSC programme on line is the research project.  This last 15 weeks for full time students and follows immediately after the completion of the first four modules.  For part time students the project lasts for 30 weeks and starts in October of the 3d year.  On line students base their project normally using their place of work as a case study.  We provide other ways of completing a research project for students outside employment.  Many of the projects are practical in nature with popular topics including: behavioural safety and environmental behaviour (how can employees be encouraged to separate waste streams and minimise energy use), perception studies of health and safety and the environment, waste and waste management, environmental and safety management systems, carbon footprints/calculators plus projects which may be based on secondary publicly available data. 


Lastly, sustainability and ethics are key issues in the study of environment, health & safety. Sustainability is a theme that goes through the programme with the three strands of economics, environmental and social issues being covered in all of the modules.


Ethics will be introduced when considering the impacts of environmental pollution upon health together with the ethical issues associated with the study of health and safety. Decisions on ethical issues need to be made for any research projects evaluating the impacts of both the environment and the workplace upon health.


The content of the programme meets the requirements of the core curriculum of the professional body (IOSH) and the changing requirements for employment in the field of EH&S. It is therefore suitable for our international students as it covers aspects of EHS at work place whether in UK, Europe or overseas.  As we are based in the UK, the legislation will mainly be EU/UK based however, we will also consider the appropriateness of this legislation in other countries as well as the suitability of legislation as a means for the effective control of EH&S issues. Increasingly issues become a global concern, for example climate change, with global controls through the Kyoto protocol being seen to impact on businesses at a local level. 




The Programme is approved for two types of intended awards: PgD (120 credits) and MSc (180 credits).  The exit awards are as follows:

PgC is an exit award for both PgD and MSc programmes.  PgC is titled: PgC Environment, Health and Safety Studies and is not accredited by IOSH. 

PgD is an exit award for the MSc.  This is the part that is accredited by IOSH.

Regulations for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science are contained within the University of Sunderland Postgraduate Regulations. 

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Environment, Health and Safety Studies 

PgC, is awarded when 60 credits are achieved from any two of the four modules ESDM 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) Environment, Health and Safety*

PgD is awarded when 120 credits are achieved by completion of all four modules ESDM 1, 2, 3 and 4. This is this part of the programme that is IOSH accredited.  

Master of Science (MSc) Environment, Health and Safety

MSc is awarded when students additionally complete the Research project thus achieving all 180 M-level credits. This award is also accredited by IOSH.


*PgD is awarded when 120 credits are achieved by completion of four modules: ESDM01, ESDM 02, ESDM03, and ESDM04. Completion of these modules will enable you to join IOSH as a graduate member. Once you have passed these modules we will provide you with a letter that states that you have successfully completed these modules, enabling you to join IOSH as a graduate member. Unless you withdraw from the programme at this stage you will not be awarded a PgD you will go on to complete the research project and progress to the completion of your MSc.





  1. How will I be taught?


Scheduled teaching activities

Discussions and self-assessment questions  in each Unit of learning materials

Independent study






This Programme is taught in distance mode, totally on line.  The VLE and learning materials are organised with a Programme space and 5 Module spaces.  The Programme space is used to provide a central hub for all students enrolled on the programme and allows them to access all important documents related to the Programme and Modules. 


The modules on the programme will be delivered in an attractive and stimulating Virtual Learning Environment in which students can develop their subject knowledge and skills. The team is committed to trialling new developments and initiating different approaches to using the VLE. 


The on line modules have all distinct periods and activities as described below:

Period 1: reading, activities and discussions


The learning materials for each module consist of a series of Units with practical activities which are discussed by all students and where tutor feedback is provided.  You will be engaging in a number of interactive activities, ranging from watching short films or simulated scenarios, to carry out some tasks including reading of a current topic of debate.  All discussions have an ‘invitation’ which provides a ‘spark’, indicates time required, type of input and the role of the e-moderator.   The students “meet” in the discussions forum within the VLE, where there is also capacity to record contributions, post pictures or video clips and use of other interactive technologies.


Learning materials are supported by provision of key texts, on line sources of information, copies of articles and references on key textbooks.  The learning is also achieved with the aid of embedded web-links, simulated scenarios and other interactive study aids. The module descriptors identify appropriate e-resources all included within ‘My Module Resources’. 


In terms of Reflection, and as emphasized by IOSH, the accrediting body, students will be encouraged to be critical and self-reflective in their learning but also they to be conscious of the methodological underpinnings of such reflections.

Period 2: assessment


Each Module will be assessed at the end of the period 1.  Assessment will cover a variety of styles to address most students learning styles.

Research Project


In view of the breadth of modules on the MSc programme, there is provision for considerable flexibility with regard to choice of topic, scope and approach to the Project. Themes typically arise from the workplace and related needs in the EHS field.  Both the dissertation and the research project will be supervised by members of the academic teaching team.



  1. How will I be assessed and given feedback?


Written examinations




Practical assessments




A summary of the types of teaching, learning and assessment in each module of the programme can be found in the Matrix of Modes of Teaching (section C, 32).


The assessment throughout this programme uses a range of methods appropriate to the learning outcomes of the programme and modules


  1. The induction is assessed to ensure that the students:
  • Become familiar with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Become familiar with the e-library and the searching for resources
  • Exercise the skills of academic reading and writing
  • Check plagiarism scores and
  • Learn from tutor feedback.


  1. Module Assessments will be set at the start of the module and is part of an extensive Module guide.  Work will be submitted via Turnitin through the VLE.  Each module will be assessed through coursework.  This includes academic reports, posters, professional logs and time constraint tests.   Posters and time constraint tests will develop writing skills for the workplace, whilst longer academic reports will help develop critical evaluative skills.  


  1. Full feedback on final submitted assignments will be documented and communicated to students via the VLE and Turnitin. Assessment methods are designed not only to grade performance but also, through the feedback on assignments, to motivate learners, influence their learning strategies, and alert them to further issues and ideas.


  1. Marks will be recorded through e-vision and once confirmed through the Postgraduate Programme Board will be communicated formally to students.  Referred/deferred work will be set and treated as per all other taught postgraduate programmes.  This again will be communicated to students concerned via the VLE and e mail system.


  1. The research and professional development module will be assessed by a portfolio containing a range of elements, thus developing skills needed in the work place. The portfolio will comprise: report on the analysis of some data, a research proposal and a reflective log. The ability to reflect and report that reflection is another key skill required for progression through the professional body IOSH.


  1. The final module of the research project is assessed by two reports:  The first report is a research proposal, whilst the second report is the final Project report.

Marking schemes adopt the University’s Postgraduate Regulations detailed in section 30.


In addition this programme provides you with opportunity to develop other key and transferable skills.  Distance learning abilities will be fostered by encouraging students to draw on their own reading and from their experience of EHS issues in their own countries or in the company where they are employed.   All such learning should be critically assessed in the light of course materials and the academic literature supporting these. The research project module will, of course, place particular emphasis on additional independent research abilities. As the majority of students will be in employment they will need to develop and strengthen skills of time management and planning ahead.  In particular:


  • Students will develop IT skills by using the VLE and e learning resources
  • Students will participate in group discussions (some of which will be assessed via reflection logs);
  • Students will develop of critical skills in assessing, analysing, and synthesizing information; this is assessed in all coursework
  • Students will gain the ability to write in a clear and coherent way, supported by evidence.
  • Students will enhance further their time management and independence in learning.  



The generic assessment criteria which we use can be found here. Some programmes use subject-specific assessment criteria which are based on the generic ones.


This programme uses the Generic University Assessment Criteria



This programme uses the Subject Specific Assessment Criteria




The University regulations can be found here.
























  1. Teaching, learning and assessment matrix


Stages 1 & 2



Core / optional

Modes of T&L

Modes of Assessment
















Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety





On line learning materials, interactive discussions SAQs,  private study,


2 reports



































Environment, Health & Safety Assessment










On line learning materials, interactive discussionsSAQs,  private study,



1 report


































Control & Management of Environment, Health & Safety Risks








On line learning materials, interactive discussions, SAQs,  private study,


1 poster


1 report











































Research Methods & Professional Practice (Dissertation)








On line learning materials, interactive discussions, SAQs,  private study,


1 data analysis

1 reflective log

1 research proposal and 1 dissertation































Stage 3


Research Project







On line learning materials, interactive discussions, & private study/research


Proposal Report


Project report






























  1. How does research influence the programme? 


Both the environmental modules and H&S modules enjoy the support of research active subject areas as well as consultancy experience of staff in the teaching team.  Their experience drives the design of the curriculum. 


H&S research includes:

  • the role of human factors in relation to safety behaviour and performance


  • the relative contribution of key individual characteristics (personality and cognitive abilities) and perceived sociotechnical factors (safety culture, climate, job characteristics / demands)


Environment research includes:


  • the measurement and monitoring of airborne particulate matter,
  • epidemiological studies investigating the impacts of secondary air pollution on respiratory health
  • Bioremediation
  • Life cycle assessments and carbon footprints


Consultancy experience includes


  • Environmental auditing
  • implementation of environmental management systems to published standards
  • Life cycle assessments and carbon footprints
  • Business sustainability


Staff memberships with IOSH, IEMA and Contaminated Land Forum are important drivers of its design and delivery.  


During the programme students will be encouraged to become more research active themselves around the subjects relating to health, safety and environment. This will be achieved by reading appropriate academic literature and developing skills around critical reading. This information is used as part of the module units either as discussions or part of structured activities or quizzes. Furthermore, the research process is embedded within the assessment methods. The research methods and professional practice module will take students through the research process, from research designs, methodologies, and procedures to handling a range of data types. For MSc students the final element will provide an opportunity to apply research methods in a topic of their choosing during the research project module.





  1. How will the programme prepare me for employment?


The programme gives you the opportunity to develop advanced skills and knowledge which you can use in the future. Some postgraduate programmes are associated with a particular career path but most skills can be applied to a range of employment situations. The particular skills that this programme provides you are explained below.


Although the majority of the distance learners of this programme are already in employment, some are not in the sector of their choice so they use this MSc for promotion or change of their career. For the ones who are not in employment, our experience shows that that this programme enhances students’ opportunities to find employment, and this in EHS has not been declined whether in the UK, Europe or globally. 


Graduates from the programme will serve well positions as Environment, Health & Safety managers across a range of industry sectors. They may also choose to work for the regulators so either the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) or the Environment Agency (EA). A range of consultancy businesses also support the area of EH&S. The necessary knowledge and skills required to gain employment in these sectors will be taught throughout the programme. The professional practice module will provide students with the generic skills demanded by employers in this sector.


Very importantly the programme is accredited by IOSH Institution of Occupational Safety & Health and the knowledge and skills taught in the programme are designed to meet the IOSH core curriculum


The on line programme is aligned with the on campus programme which enjoys links with a variety of local companies, local IOSH and IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) committees.  These provide feedback to the teaching team to ensure that the content of the programme is both relevant and topical.



For information about other opportunities available to our students who study on campus, click here.



  1. Particular features of the qualification.


As the programme is accredited by IOSH, students who successfully complete the PgD or MSc programme will gain graduate IOSH membership. 



  1. Professional statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation. Choose one of the following.


PSRB accreditation is not relevant to this programme 


PSRB accreditation is currently being sought for this programme


This programme currently has PSRB accreditation

Yes by IOSH

The programme is currently accredited until: 2023


The relevant PSRB(s) is/are: IOSH – Institution of Occupational safety & Health.


The terms of the accreditation are as follows:


Progression at least to PgD level by completing modules ESDM01, ESDM02, ESDM03 and ESDM04 enables a student to become a graduate member of IOSH.


Accreditation gives graduates (status / exemption): Graduate Status of IOSH


There are programme-specific regulations relating to the following. Details are given in the programme regulations:



The modules to be studied


Pass-marks for some or all modules and/or parts (elements) of modules




Requirements for progression between one Stage and another


Placement requirements


Attendance requirements


Professional practice requirements


Degree classification



  Naming of the PgC award


The PgC will be named Environment, Health & Safety Studies and is not accredited Registration period for part time







The PgC will be called: PgC Environment, Health & Safety Studies.






Name of programme: Environment Health & Safety

Title of final award: MSc/PgD

Interim awards[1]: PgC Environment Health & Safety Studies (for both MSC and PgD) , PgD Environment Health & Safety (for the MSc only)


Accreditation: PgD & MSc Environment Health & Safety are accredited with IOSH, Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.


University Regulation (please state the relevant University Regulation):


6.1.3 A variation from the university regulations has been given to allow the PgC award title to be different from the main award


2.3.2 A variation of the University regulations has been given to allow max years of PT study to 6 years




Regulations apply to students commencing their studies from August 2018



Regulations apply to students

Date the regulations apply

Intakes affected

Cohort recruited August 2018

August 2018




PgC Environment Health & Safety Studies


Core modules:






Introduction to Environment Health & Safety



Environment, Health & Safety Assessment



Control & Management of Environment, Health & Safety Risks



Research Methods & Professional Practice (Dissertation)




NOTE to complete the PgC students must complete and pass any 2 modules from a combination of ESDM01, ESDM02, ESDM03 and ESDM04


Elective Modules – there are no elective modules for this programme.

Progression Regulations - There are no programme-specific progression regulations



PgD Environment Health & Safety


Core modules






Introduction to Environment Health & Safety



Environment, Health & Safety Assessment



Control & Management of Environment, Health & Safety Risks



Research Methods & Professional Practice (Dissertation)



NOTE – to complete the PgD students must complete and pass all of the four core modules listed above


Elective modules - There are no elective modules.

Progression Regulations - There are no programme-specific progression regulations



MSc Environment Health & Safety


All above Core modules plus:






Research Project




Optional modules  - There are no optional modules.

Elective modules - There are no elective modules



NOTE – to join IOSH as a graduate member you must complete and pass all of the PgD modules. Credits from the project module EHSM06 cannot be used to compensate for any PgD modules that have not been passed.








  1. What are the admissions requirements?


To join the programme applicants need to have a first degree at 2:2 or above. Applicants who have relevant experience and who can demonstrate their suitability for the course should contact the programme leader to discuss any potential application.


The University’s standard admissions requirements can be found in the university regulations.

Programme-specific requirements which are in addition to those regulations are given below. 



Can students enter with advanced standing?





Stage 1PgC


Stage 2 PgD


Stage 3 MSc





Students can join the MSc Environment, Health and Safety after successfully completing the PgD Environment, Health and Safety from UoS.  However, students with a PgD from another institution need to contact the Programme Leader to discuss its suitability for APL for this MSc Programme. 


See Articulation and Related Processes for details or consult Academic Registry.




Reasonable IT skills and access to Internet is essential










  1. What kind of support and help will there be?


  1. in the university as a whole:

The University provides a range of professional support services including health and well-being, counselling, disability support, and a Chaplaincy. Click on the links for further information.


  1. Teaching Team Support and Guidance


The course leader will be the central point of contact, normally through e-mail, for student academic and pastoral support. Where appropriate, this may be followed up by telephone/skype. The course leader may draw on and refer to the University’s Student Services for support regarding personal or financial matters. Additionally all staff members and module leaders will be identified to students for contacting if they have any problems with particular modules.


You will be also supported by the allocation of a personal tutor when you join the programme. However, as the programme is managed by a small team you will also be provided with support from both the module and programme leaders, who are always willing to provide support.  An extended Induction programme will be there to support you in using the VLE and in understanding of the academic requirements in reading and writing.


Students will be supported in the dissertation and research project through preparation materials and scheduling of progress report sessions, and regular skype meetings.  A supervisor is allocated to each student for these research elements of the programme where you will be encouraged to develop as a researcher.



  1. What resources will I have access to?


On campus


In a partner college


By distance learning



Tick all that apply

General Teaching and Learning Space





e library







Performance space


Other specialist


Technical resources 




During your time studying this postgraduate programme you will have access to a range of facilities in both the Faculty and the University.  These include:


  • Staff

The academic teaching team have research, reach-out and extensive postgraduate teaching experience. Their expertise covers a broad range of EHS assessment and management tools.


All academic staff, teaching on this programme, have also been teaching on the on-campus Environment, Health and Safety and other related programmes for over 20 years.  


  • VLE

University VLE Canvas will provide you access to both a programme and module spaces. We will use the VLE to study the learning materials, to interact with peers and tutors and to be assessed. We have operated this distance learning course for over 10 years. 


  • My Programme/Module Resources

Embedded within the VLE this will provide you with access to our electronic library and key resources for the particular programme/module.


  • Study skills support

Embedded within the VLE, this link will provide you with library support and guidance, for studying, one –to-one support and information on events and on line workshops. 


Information about the University’s facilities can be found here.



  1. Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?


No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.


Yes (optional) All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials. In addition there are some are additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see below)


Yes (essential) All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials. In addition there are some are essential additional costs associated with the programme (see below)



Students will need access to internet and any associated costs should they not have this access already from home or work place. 



  1. How are student views represented?


All taught programmes in the University have student representatives for each programme who meet in a Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) where they can raise students’ views and concerns. The Students’ Union and the faculties together provide training for student representatives. SSLCs and focus groups are also used to obtain student feedback on plans for developing existing programmes and designing new ones. Feedback on your programme is obtained every year through module questionnaires and informs the annual review of your programme. Student representatives are also invited to attend Programme and Module Studies Boards which manage the delivery and development of programmes and modules.  Faculty Academic Committee, also has student representation. This allows students to be involved in higher-level plans for teaching and learning. At university level on Students are represented on University level Committed by sabbatical officers who are the elected leaders of the Students’ Union.


The University’s student representation and feedback policy can be found here.


Every two years we participate in the national Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) which is run by the Higher Education Academy.


For distance learning operated from Sunderland: if you are studying by distance learning you will have slightly different arrangements from those used on campus. In particular you are likely to have virtual rather than physical meetings and discussions. However these arrangements should provide comparable opportunities for you to give feedback. Details are given below.  


Students will have access to their Personal Tutors and Programme Leaders to highlight any issues, via e mail, or CANVAS inbox, telephone or skype. 

The students of this programme can voice their issues through student Representatives and an invite for these is taking place a few times a year, prior to Studies Boards or Student Staff Liaison Committees meetings.  The Programme leader responds to these issues and takes actions where appropriate.  The annual Monitoring of Programmes involves a Programme report and matrix which is the basis of making improvements.

Student Feedback is also collected formally via the VLE at the end of each module, and at the end of the programme. 

The teaching team members are normally available during UK work hours 9am -5 pm. Full information is included in the Programme and module handbooks.






  1. National subject benchmarks


The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education publishes benchmark statements which give guidance as to the skills and knowledge which graduates in various subjects and in certain types of degree are expected to have. They do not cover all subjects at postgraduate level but those which exist can be found at here.


Are there any benchmark statements for this programme?




The QAA also publishes a Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) which defines the generic skills and abilities expected of students who have achieved awards at a given level and with which our programmes align. The FHEQ can be found here.



  1. How are the quality and standards of the programme assured?


The programme is managed and quality assured through the University’s standard processes. Programmes are overseen by Module and Programme Studies Boards which include student representatives. Each year each module leader provides a brief report on the delivery of the module, identifying strengths and areas for development, and the programme team reviews the programme as a whole. The purpose of this is to ensure that the programme is coherent and up-to-date, with suitable progression through the programme, and a good fit (alignment) between what is taught and how students learn and are assessed - the learning outcomes, content and types of teaching, learning and assessment. Student achievement, including progress through the programme and the way in which the final award is made, is kept under review. The programme review report is sent to the Programme Studies Board and the Faculty in turn reports issues to the University’s Quality Management Sub-Committee (QMSC).


External examiners are appointed to oversee and advise on the assessment of the programme. They ensure that the standards of the programme are comparable with those of similar programmes elsewhere in the UK and are also involved in the assessment process to make sure that it is fair. They are invited to comment on proposed developments to the programme. Their reports are sent to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) as well as to the Faculty so that issues of concern can be addressed.


All programmes are reviewed by the University on a six-yearly cycle to identify good practice and areas for enhancement. Programmes are revalidated through this review process. These reviews include at least one academic specialist in the subject area concerned from another UK university. Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review reports for Sunderland can be found here.


Further information about our quality processes can be found here.