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Course overview

The MSc Occupational Health and Safety Leadership course is a programme for those who have an interest in the management of health and safety at work. The programme presents health and safety leadership within a problem-solving framework and is designed around two central activities, firstly identifying and managing contemporary risks to health and safety and secondly developing effective leadership strategies.

The programme is offered on a part-time, flexible learning basis over 24 or 36 months. Face-to-face teaching, tutorials and workshops are supported and enhanced by an e-learning environment.

For the programme, you will require a personal computer with a word-processing programme, email and internet accessibility, good organizational skills, the ability to work independently along with a willingness to engage in teamwork.


Why choose this course?

Among the most popular fields of applied psychology are those concerned with work and health. Degree programmes offered at DOAP are founded strongly on these themes. Management psychology, for example, is concerned with solving real life problems of business, organizations and management. Occupational health psychology, on the other hand, is focused on the psychology of organisations and its employees in the promotion of occupational health and safety at work.

The MSc in Management Psychology and MSc/PGDip in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership are offered on a full time and part time basis. The division has adopted a blended learning approach. Our taught postgraduate programmes are built around three learning modes:

  1. local face-to-face teaching and tutorials,
  2. workshop based teaching with ‘fly-in’ experts from Nottingham UK, supported by
  3. an e-learning environment allowing you to access your studies anywhere in the world.

This course will appeal to all graduates who are interested in health and safety management. Learn to apply newly discovered skills to practical work through modules such as consultancy skills. Learn from our expert teaching teams and invited guest speakers using written and practical applications.

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s biggest and leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. IOSH has more than 47,000 members in over 130 countries. IOSH membership is globally recognised as the benchmark for professional safety and health excellence. Successful completion of our programme also confers eligibility for graduate membership leading to charter ship with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.



The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Europe’s professional body for leading health and safety professionals. This confers eligibility for graduate membership leading to chartership with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Course content

You will complete 120 credits of taught modules plus an empirical research project worth 60 credits, or one major (40 credits) and one minor (20 credits) dissertation on topics relevant to your area of interest in occupational health and safety. The programme is organised in workshop-based modules. These 20 credit modules will be organised over two weeks with face-to-face teaching taking place during weekends and three evenings.

The schedule for the different modules will be published in advance so that you can plan your schedule accordingly. The timetable for taught modules for the year ahead will be published each July. The empirical project will be planned in the final semester of study.

Core modules

  • Applied Research Project or Major and Minor Dissertation
  • Occupational Hazards and Risk Management Strategies
  • Occupational Health and Safety Law, Policies and Compliance: International Perspectives
  • Organisations, Management and Leadership
  • Overview of Contemporary Challenges to Safety and Health
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based Problem Solving in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Specialist Issues in Contemporary Safety and Health

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant field. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Applicants with a first degree in engineering, ergonomics, medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, safety science, and other subjects allied to medicine are also eligible to apply.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation
  • Essays
  • Group presentation

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM49,500 per programme
International studentsRM54,900 per programme


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


Graduates of the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Leadership course may pursue a career in occupational health and safety. Experienced practitioners specialise in a particular area of health and safety and often work freelance as consultants.

The University’s Career Advisory Services (CAS) support students with the necessary skills and career opportunities using its strong relationship with various employers and industries. The CAS will provide students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers and training opportunities.


Our programme director is also heavily involved with providing students with the necessary career advice.

Health and Safety Officer in the field of oil and gas, engineering, and medicine. Human Factors Specialist, Health and Safety Advisor/Administrator/Consultant, Health and Safety Officer/Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Advisor/Manager, Health and Safety Compliance Manager.

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This content was last updated on 23 March 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.