MC135 - Master of Occupational Health and Safety

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Plan: MC135 - Master of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc(OHS)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 years part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061301
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Master program builds on the educational objectives of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

The educational objectives of the Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety are:

  • to develop and demonstrate to you risk management models that are used in workplaces, and the use of statistics in monitoring safety;
  • to inform you with principles and application of occupational health and safety law and the process of injured worker compensation and rehabilitation;
  • to develop and demonstrate to you the range of occupational hazards and their associated control measures; and
  • to develop and demonstrate the principles underpinning ergonomics and its application to the work environment.

In addition, the educational objectives of the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management are:

  • to develop, familiarise and demonstrate to you the different OHS management strategies, systems and ethics that are used in the occupational environment;
  • to develop and demonstrate to you a more advanced level of occupational hazards and counter measures, together with understanding epidemiology behind exposure standards;
  • to develop and understand methods of implementing change in the workplace through a practical project.

In addition, the educational objectives of the Master of Applied Science (Occupational Health & Safety) are:

  • To enable you to perform an in-depth research project within your own area of interest focused on improving OHS within organisations.


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Articulation and pathways

Students are initially enrolled in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma program. On completion of the appropriate modules, students may exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma students may apply for entry to the Master program.

Entry into the Master program is dependent on a distinction average grade achieved in the Graduate Diploma, the availability of places, and a specific topic for research to be undertaken.

Alternatively individuals who have graduated from other tertiary institutions with a Graduate Diploma in OHS may be considered for entry if they have a distinction average and an appropriate research topic.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements for the MAppSci (OHS) entail completion of Graduate Diploma (OHS) (or equivalent) at a distinction average, plus a clear idea of a relevant research topic.

Students must have English Language capability of one of the following:

  • IELTS-6.5+ (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL- Paper Based = 580+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • TOEFL- Computer Based = 237+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • REW- English for Academic Purposes Advanced 1 & 2


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External accreditation and industry links

The Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing OHS professionals and practitioners, recognises the Master of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety) as meeting the educational requirements for professional membership. Graduates are able to become a member, and with three years experience can become a Chartered Professional Member (CPMSIA).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

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