Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health

On completion of this four year course you will be qualified to act as a health and safety or environmental, health and safety manager in any workplace.

This is the longest running Occupational Safety and Health honours degree course in the country and our graduates are employed across all sectors, from manufacturing to construction, retail to public bodies.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to put in place environmental, health and safety management systems in the workplace. This combined with the fact that our graduates will also be qualified to act as trainers makes them highly sought after by employers.

The course engages students in a dynamic and innovative way from first year through to fourth year. Students learn how to effectively work with people by working within groups and teams to solve real workplace safety and health issues. The course gives a blend of theoretical and practical learning from lectures, laboratory based monitoring, site visits, case studies, enquiry based learning and work placement.

By the end of year three of the course you will have gained practical experience in monitoring workplace contaminants such as noise, vibration, chemicals and biological agents. You will be qualified to act as a manual handling instructor and workstation assessor. You will also have learned how to promote workplace health and wellbeing. All modules have a practical emphasis, preparing the student for professional work placement, which takes place from May to October of third year.

In the final year of the course, the class work on a collaborative project with an industry partner to develop an environmental, health and safety management system and training programme. This practical experience leaves our graduates confident to take up a health and safety position in any work place.

Our course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and qualifies you to take up a career as a Health and Safety Advisor/Manager in any type of industry anywhere in the world.

If you would like a career that involves variety and you enjoy working with people then this may be the course for you.

Please watch the video link below of a description of the course by one of the lecturers.

Environmental Science SG442 Honours Degree Abinitio

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the BSc. Occupational Safety and Health you will be a qualified Occupational Safety & Health Advisor/Officer. Graduates from the programme work in a wide variety of workplace sectors; Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Energy, Oil & Gas Industry, Medical Devices, Food industry, Biopharmaceutical, Construction, Healthcare, Local Authorities, Semi State Companies, Retail and Consultancy.

What are my further study opportunities?

On successful completion of the BSc. Occupational Safety and Health (Level 7) there is an option to progress to the BSc. (Honours) Occupational Safety and Health (Level 8) at Institute of Technology, Sligo and the MSc. (Level 9) Environmental Health and Safety Management.

What subjects will I study?

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8


For further information on where our students go on graduation check out the Graduate Testimonials.

Who do I contact?

Contact Number: 071-9318510

Or the course coordinator Margaret McCallig