University of Greenwich
School of Architecture, Design and Construction
Distance learning

BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment

The BSc Occupational Safety, Health and Environment programme was first delivered in the UK and Trinidad in 2004. In addition to those centres, it is also delivered in Malaysia at Kolej Fajar and in Singapore at Absolute Kinetics (September 2010).

The DLU offers MSc Safety, Health and Environment at both graduate and post-graduate levels. Our graduates have built successful careers in their chosen field and many of them now hold senior positions in their organisations.

Offering this programme via distance learning provides a unique approach to delivering health, safety and hygiene training, allowing a wider range of applicants to gain access to this growing field of employment.

This programme is accredited by both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and to certificate level for the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

The BSc programme is designed to challenge students both professionally and intellectually in preparation for a career in the health, safety and hygiene field.

The programme is normally studied over two years with students studying 60 credits each year.

Applicants without a suitable health and safety qualification, for example the NEBOSH Certificate or equivalent, will be required to successfully complete the 30 credit Introduction to Occupational Safety Practice course prior to joining the BSc.

The Introduction to Occupational Safety Practice is offered each term.

Programme structure


Year 1

  • Environmental Industrial Pollution (15 credits)
  • Ergonomics (15 credits)
  • Physical Agents (15 credits)
  • Chemical Hazards (15 credits)
  • Environmental Industrial Management (15 credits)

Year 2

  • Management of Risk (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)


With the exception of the Dissertation, all courses are assessed by written assignments.

There are no examinations for this programme. The Dissertation is assessed entirely on the final submitted document.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be working in a relevant professional field. Interviews may be held locally to determine a candidate's potential to benefit from this programme.

Candidates seeking admission must normally possess the following qualifications (or equivalent):

Proficiency in English such a score of 550 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent; applicants, who do not satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirement, may be required to attend an interview or take an English enhancement course.


A degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.


A diploma, higher diploma, higher national diploma, advanced diploma or professional diploma in OSH fields with evidence of having gained substantial knowledge, skills and experience in OSH (this may be provided by means of a portfolio).


Relevant professional qualifications such as the NEBOSH diploma with relevant professional experience in the OSH field. Such applicants will be evaluated on their individual merit (may be required to sit for a qualifying examination).


Fees information can be found on the student finance pages of the university website.

Programme leader

George Jones photoGeorge Jones delivers the post-graduate occupational safety and health programmes in the UK and overseas. His main teaching areas are occupational safety practice and noise in the workplace. His current research interest is the application of artificial intelligence to buildings maintenance.

If you want further information on this programme, George Jones, the programme leader.

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School of Architecture and Construction
The University of Greenwich
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