Master of  Occupational Health and Safety Science

Program code: 5558
CRICOS code: 077534M


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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.

  • The Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science is a multidisciplinary program taught over 18 months that combines the study of health, science, law, and management with practical skills developed through worksite visits and industry experience.
  • Develop key skills to devise, evaluate and implement workplace health and safety management systems. You will learn how to deliver education programs, undertake auditing and investigations and ensure workplace compliance.
  • Build on your previous studies to qualify as an OHS professional to identify, assess and control various chemical, physical and biological hazards, and psychosocial health factors such as stress, bullying, harassment, and fatigue.
  • Gain knowledge of the well-established industry hazards within the context of the core occupational health and safety disciplines – Occupational Hygiene, Ergonomics, Occupational Health, Safety Science, and Risk Management.

Gain a deeper understanding of how to maximise safety, security and wellbeing in the workplace as you acquire the skills needed to become a successful occupational health and safety professional.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Industry engagement

    This program provides plenty of opportunities to meet with and learn from OH&S professionals as you gain insight into different industries. Courses include industry placements, practical sessions, worksite visits, and industry projects, so you can apply what you're learning to current problems.

  • Careers

    Join a growing profession

    OH&S graduates are in demand in Australia, Asia and, increasingly, South America. Many of our OHS graduates have enjoyed high salaries and flexible working conditions, working everywhere from remote mining sites, to large corporate offices and movie sets.

  • Accreditation

    Dedicated, expert staff

    During your program, you'll learn from leading OH&S experts in a program that’s been accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. You'll also be immersed in a strong and supportive study atmosphere within the Faculty of Science.

  • Students
    "I’ve always had a strong interest in science, problem-solving and accident investigation. When I learned about UQ’s Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science I felt this would be a natural progression from my Bachelor of Science, and other interests, into this specialist field." Sybilla Casinader, BSc (Biomedical Science) (2012), MOHSSc (2014)
    Graduate Health and Safety Advisor, BHP Billiton
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Career outcomes

With a shortage of qualified OH&S professionals, particularly those with a degree based in science, our Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science graduates have a lot of options.

The industries graduates work in largely depends on both their career goals and personal aspirations. OH&S professionals work everywhere from sprawling cosmopolitan cities to small mining towns, and can be found anywhere there is a workplace.

Industries and sectors typically include:

  • mining and resources
  • agriculture
  • retail
  • hospitality
  • building and construction
  • transport
  • manufacturing
  • health
  • tourism
  • media and entertainment
  • education
  • law
  • government.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in science, engineering, health science, or an approved discipline; with approved tertiary level background in chemistry and biology.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 4 or above on a 7 point scale.

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, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science 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 entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science. 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.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Inc
  • Safety Institute of Australia Ltd
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science 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 $38,896
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science for the 2019 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

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All international student applications for the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science is 5558. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

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

The closing date for the Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • 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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