MC282 - Master of Occupational Health and Safety

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Plan: MC282 - 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: MOH&S
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Property, Construction & Project Management (325H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061301
CRICOS code: 107034A

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Purpose of the Program

As a successful graduate of the MC282 Master of Occupational Health and Safety program, you will have the specialised knowledge and skills required to identify, prevent and manage complex and diverse occupational and environmental health risks and related health problems. The program emphasises design and entrepreneurial approaches to complex problems and aims to produce professionals that can systematically prevent and control hazards and exposures within a broad range of workplaces and community environments.

The first year of the program provides an opportunity to develop a wide range of knowledge and theory of:

  • the global concepts of health, safety, and work, and the implications that these have in organizations
  • the socio-political and organizational 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

In the second year of the program there is the opportunity to choose a minor in one of three areas:

  • Occupational Hygiene 
  • Construction Safety
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

These minors provide you with skills and knowledge required for competitive professional practice both in Australia and internationally.

You can also choose to generalist path in studies. If so, you will select courses from two or more minors which will provide you with a wide span of skills and knowledge applicable to multiple areas of occupational health and safety.

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

In year two of the program you will undertake a capstone experience either through Research Investigation 1 & 2 (BUSM3213 & BUSM3214), Industry Project Investigation (BUSM4415) or Occupational Hygiene Project (PUBH1404). In these courses you will synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

The delivery of this program is blended comprising of face-to-face learning supplemented by online learning.

Graduates of this program are employed in a wide range of industries, usually in national and international companies or as consultants in industries such as:

Occupational Hygiene: High risk industry such as construction; manufacturing; oil and gas, transportation including aviation, railways, shipping; military, healthcare and agriculture.

Human Factors and Ergonomics: Manufacturing, Design, Aviation, Healthcare, Automotive Construction and Offices.

Construction Safety: Construction

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.  

The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (GD052) is available as an exit award of the Master of Occupational Health and Safety (MC282) if you have successfully completed the 96 credit points listed in that structure. If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points.  

The Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (GC035) is available as an exit award of the Master of Occupational Health and Safety (MC282) if you have successfully completed the 48 credit points listed in that structure.  If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Certificate you must have completed all 48 credit points.  

Upon successful completion this program, you may be eligible to undertake further studies into a Masters by Research or a Postgraduate Research program in Applied Science or other related programs at RMIT, subject to each program’s entry requirements. 

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a minimum of 8 years professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with professional experience at a senior level that is less than 8 years may also be considered.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Accreditation and Memberships

The Master of Occupational Health and Safety (MC282) is accredited by the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS). All graduates of MC282 will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS). The AIHS is the body representing occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals and practitioners in Australia.

Graduates can apply to become an AIHS Graduate Member and with three years of industry experience can become certified professional members.

See details regarding AIHS membership at: 


Industry Links 

The Master of Occupational Health and Safety program and the School of Property Construction and Project Management maintain strong industry links both within Australia and globally. Integrating this industry expertise into the coursework is a key distinguishing aspect of this program. 

The program regularly consults with an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) that consists of high-profile industry representatives. Part of the IAC’s brief is to ensure that that program’s links with industry standards and practices remain current. 

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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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses on the RMIT student website.

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
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at

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