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Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours)

Overview

Make a positive difference to the lives of countless people as a qualified occupational health and safety professional tasked with ensuring workers always have the safest possible work environment.

As the world's focus on workplace safety and regulations increases, demand for occupational health and safety (OHS) graduates has never been greater.

UQ's Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) is a multidisciplinary program covering a broad spectrum of study. You’ll learn scientific approaches to identifying, assessing and controlling chemical, physical and biological hazards, and learn about psychosocial health factors like stress, bullying, harassment and fatigue. You'll also study occupational hygiene, ergonomics, occupational health, safety science and risk management law, ethics and aspects of the environment.

With these key skills, you'll be able to ensure safe work environments, deliver education programs and analyse workplace data. You'll also devise, evaluate and implement OHS management systems, undertake OHS auditing and inspections, complete accident investigations and ensure compliance with legislation.

Upon graduation, you can look forward to pursuing OHS roles in Australia, North America, Europe, Asia and South America, while enjoying high salaries in  everything from mining sites to corporate offices.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
QTAC Code
729201
Program Code
2331
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$44464 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
729201
Program Code
2331
CRICOS Code
078842B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Engage in a unique program combining studies of health, psychology, law, ethics and management with practical skills gained through placements, worksite visits and industry opportunities.
  • Develop the key skills necessary to monitor and modify work environments in the best interests of everyone's day-to-day safety and wellbeing, and become trained to act in emergency situations.
  • Combine essential university studies with the invaluable hands-on experience of collaborating with industry partners to ensure you're qualified and prepared to enter the workforce.

38 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Psychology: Minds, Brains and Behaviour
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • Professional Practice and Emerging Issues in Occupational Health and Safety

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Occupational health and safety manager
  • Occupational health and safety compliance investigator
  • Occupational health and safety infection control practitioner
  • Occupational health and safety consultant
  • Occupational health and safety industrial hygienist
  • Occupational health and safety environmental quality analyst
  • Occupational health and safety policy officer

Graduate salary

Health services & support (undergraduate)

$60K–$64K

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Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Next steps after graduation

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.

Find out more about careers that started in science

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Chemistry, Physics or Biology (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
78.0028

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the BOHSSc(Hons) for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest<5<5
Median<5<5
Lowest<5<5

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

00%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
<5<5
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

<5<5

Total

<5100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,464

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $8,484

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) is 2331.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) is 729201.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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