MC135 - Master of Occupational Health and Safety

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Plan: MC135P13 - Master of 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 Occupational Health and Safety
Award abbreviation: MOHS
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 years part time, 6 semesters part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Property, Construction & Project Management (325H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061301
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

After completion of MC135, you will be able to work at a professional level in  OHS or, if you have completed the Major occupational hygiene, as an Occupational Hygienist. Graduates of this program are employed in a wide range of industries, usually in national and international companies or as consultants.

You will understand the OHS Body of Knowledge and be able to apply this in a range of organisational contexts. RMIT focuses on the science and technology of risk management through assessment of hazards and development of specific control mechanisms.

Specifically, the program includes:

  • the global concepts of health, safety and work, and the implications that these have in organisations
  • the socio-political and organisational context in which work occurs and how this impacts work design and its effects on the workers
  • the causes of fatalities, injuries and ill health arising from work
  • recognition of hazards, assessment of their risk and development of suitable controls

You will learn to apply these concepts in a range of contexts, allowing you to develop confidence and proficiency in your professional OHS or occupational hygiene practice. Many of your assessments will incorporate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by focusing on OHS or occupational hygiene issues in your work situation.

The Masters in OHS provides an opportunity to engage in a substantial work based research project or to extend your knowledge base through courses in business management or occupational hygiene.

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Articulation and pathways

On completion of GD052, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety you may apply for entrance into the MC135, Master of Occupational Health and Safety.

If you have completed a Graduate Diploma from another university, you may be eligible for up to 48cp credit applied to the MC135. Please discuss the details with the Program Coordinator.

After completion of the MC135, Master of Occupational Health and Safety you may be eligible for acceptance into a Masters by Research or a PhD in Applied Science.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs after successful completion of this program. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

You must have:

  • Successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or
  • Significant work experience or professional practice

To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:

-a CV

-a personal statement that demonstrates your academic foundation for masters study. This may include:

  • details on how your professional experiences relate to the program
  • demonstration of critical thinking in personal and/or professional practice
  • communication and problem solving skills 
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External accreditation and industry links

The Graduate Diploma Occupational Health & Safety (GD052) and the Masters of OHS (MC135) are accredited by the the Australian Occupational Health & Safety Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB) The Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health & Safety (GD052) is a nested program of the Master of Occupational Health & Safety (MC135).

The Masters of OHS (MC135) with Major in Occupational Hygiene is accredited by the Austrailian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (AIOH) See list of accredited courses at:

The Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals and practitioners, recognises both the Graduate Diploma and the Master Occupational Health and Safety as meeting the educational requirements for Certified Professional Membership. Graduates are able to become a SIA Graduate Member, and with three years experience can become a Certified Generalist OHS Professional

The AIOH considers this accredited course as one component of meeting membership criteria. See FAQ regarding AIOH membership at

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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

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library and most areas of the campus.

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.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Occupational Health and Safety refer to

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Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services for Students

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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