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Bachelor of  Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours)

Program code: 2331
QTAC code: 729201
CRICOS code: 078842B


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

As work safety becomes a growing global concern, you'll be in high demand as an occupational health and safety (OHS) professional tasked with ensuring workers can return home safe from the workplace.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) is a multidisciplinary program that combines the study of health, science, law, and management with practical skills developed through work-site visits and industry experience.
  • Develop key skills that will allow you to monitor and modify work environments, analyse data, ensure compliance with legislation, undertake auditing and inspections, and complete accident investigations.
  • Learn scientific approaches to identify, assess and control chemical, physical and biological hazards that may negatively affect workers. You'll also learn about psychosocial health factors, such as stress, bullying, harassment and fatigue.
  • Study the foundation sciences in year one followed by the core OHS areas of occupational health, ergonomics, safety science and occupational hygiene. You'll also study management, law, ethics and aspects of the environment.

UQ OHS professionals are employed in small businesses through to global multinational corporations to protect workers and comply with national and international legislation.

  • Employability

    Join a growing profession

    OHS graduates are in demand in Australia, North America, Europe and, increasingly, in Asia and South America. Our OHS graduates enjoy high salaries working everywhere from mining sites to corporate offices.

  • Professional experience

    Industry engagement

    You'll meet and work with OHS professionals to gain industry insight. In Year 4, you'll complete a minimum of 480 hours of placement with one or two industry partners to ensure you are work-ready on graduation.

  • Why study

    Meet Zoe, she studies OHS at UQ

  • Professional membership

    Industry accreditation

    This program is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board and our teachers have expertise across ergonomics, occupational hygiene, safety management systems and leadership.

Career outcomes

OHS professionals with sound scientific knowledge are in short supply and high demand, so you'll have many career options. Where you choose to start your career will depend on both your career goals and aspirations.

Roles in large organisations and consulting firms offer mentoring by senior OHS staff, and often involve travel within Australia and overseas. Comparatively, solo positions allow you to be more hands-on across the full range of OHS issues, and expose you to other business activities, such as human resources and production.

Legislative requirements in many countries mean all workplaces require OHS advice, and there is a growing demand in developing nations to improve worker safety. This allows you the opportunity to work in all occupational settings and sectors around the world, including:

  • agriculture
  • construction
  • government
  • healthcare
  • hospitality
  • manufacturing
  • mining/resource industry
  • retail
  • tourism
  • transport.

According to the annual Hays Salary Guide for 2019/20, there is a growing demand for OHS managers with knowledge of health and safety regulations. This demand is driving salary increases for OHS professionals.

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  • Careers

    Be a leader

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader in your field. Many of our honours alumni continue their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing further postgraduate studies.

  • Campus Life

    Vibrant student experience

    UQ St Lucia is always buzzing with activity. Visit museums and galleries, attend gigs and festivals, catch a movie or live performance, or hang out in cafes, shops and 24-hour libraries. You can also keep fit at gyms, pools, tennis courts, playing fields and more.

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  • Alumni
    "While studying at UQ, I worked with a large engineering company and a first-tier construction group, which positioned me well to gain full-time employment after graduating." Grace Carroll, Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety (Honours)
    Safety Coordinator, Sydney Metro Transport, NSW
  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English and Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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