As work safety becomes a growing global concern, you'll be in high demand as an occupational health and safety professional working to ensure workers can return home safe from the workplace.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Science is a multidisciplinary program that combines the study of health, science, law, and management with practical skills developed through worksite 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, like 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 will 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.

  • Employability

    Industry engagement

    You will meet and work with OHS professionals to gain industry insight. In fourth year, you will complete a minimum of 480 hours of placement with one or two industry partners to ensure you are work-ready upon graduation.

  • Professional membership

    Industry Accreditation

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

  • 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

Career outcomes

OHS professionals with sound scientific knowledge are in short supply and high demand, so you will have many career options. Where you choose to start your career will depend on both your career goals and personal 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
• health care
• hospitality
• manufacturing
• mining/resource industry
• retail
• tourism
• transport.

A 2013 National Safety Recruitment Survey in Australia reported average graduate salary packages of $71,997 per annum and average workplace health and safety group manager salary packages of $300,939 per annum.

  • Why study

    Learn more about OH&S


  • Employability

    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.


  • Program code
  • 729201
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


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

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:

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