Bachelor in Occupational Health and Safety (Honours)

Bachelor in Occupational Health and Safety (Honours)

Course information

Course title Bachelor in Occupational Health and Safety (Honours)
Course code UBOHSHPTE
Postnominal B. OHS(Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 5 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Luke Anthony Fiorini
Delivered by Centre for Labour Studies
As organisations strive to adapt to the ever developing topic of occupational health and safety, the need for qualified and skilled professionals in the area increases. This much needed programme of studies thus aims to reflect the development of this area of specialisation. An inter-disciplinary approach towards occupational health and safety shall be adopted, including perspectives from: occupational safety; health and safety law; occupational hygiene; occupational health; management; sociology; occupational psychology; ergonomics; statistics; epidemiology; toxicology; environmental health; health and safety management; workplace design; health promotion and research. The curriculum will provide students with sound underpinning knowledge and the necessary skills to enable them to work in the capacity of an occupational health and safety professional.

The programme covers the following major themes:

1. Health and safety law
2. Occupational safety
3. Occupational health and hygiene
4. Risk assessment and control
5. Occupational psychology, ergonomics (human factors) and workplace design
6. Health and safety management
7. Practical application and professional development:
8. Research.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

(1) Applicants admitted under sub-paragraph (a) (iii) of paragraph (2) of regulation 2 of the Admission Regulations must be in possession of qualifications and experience that would satisfy the Board of Studies, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit.

(2) Applicants admitted in terms of paragraph (1) shall be in possession of a pass in an English language proficiency test as approved by the University before being admitted to the Course, provided that applicants in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 3 or higher in English Language or a pass at the same standard in a comparable qualification, shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test.

(3) Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Social Studies (Occupational Health and Safety) of this University with an average mark of 60% or over, or a comparable qualification in an area related to Occupational Health and Safety, or who have obtained ECTS credits for study-units considered by the Board of Studies to be equivalent to those in the programme of study, may also be admitted to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board of Studies to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed 60 ECTS credits.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held in September 2020. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview in September 2020. These dates cannot be changed. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 3 or better or equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 31 August 2020. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2020.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,500
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
The programme will provide students with the opportunity to achieve competences in the following areas:

1. Health and safety law: Gain knowledge about the development, content and interpretation of local and European legislation pertaining to occupational health and safety; evaluate the impact of legislation, regulation, codes of practice, quality standards and occupational health and safety standards at the place of work; compare various features of different legislation; analyses the evolution of scope and liability.

2. Occupational safety: Comprehend the principles of good housekeeping; learn how to identify and tackle the dangerous parts of machines, tools, equipment and systems; discuss the principles of working within a confined space; evaluate personal protective equipment; learn health and safety signage; analyse the principles of chemical, transport, radiation and electrical safety; recognise the challenges posed by new materials and nanotechnology; apply the principles of safety within various occupational industries and settings; understand the principles of first aid and fire safety.

3. Occupational health and hygiene: Examine the collaboration of the multi-disciplinary team in recognising hazards to health; discuss the impact of shift work on health; examine the themes of sickness absence, presenteeism, work incapacity, impairment and disability; explore the impact of various industries on worker health; study the implications of self-employment on occupational health; explore common occupational injuries and health complaints and learn how to tackle them; learn relevant occupational exposure limits and standards and their application; understand how to carry out a workplace occupational hygiene assessment; explore the various monitoring equipment and their use; learn to coordinate health surveillance and workplace rehabilitation.

4. Risk assessment and control: evaluate the meaning and use of risk assessment; explore themes such as the perception, employee involvement and acceptability of risk assessment; learn the general approaches and principles to the estimation of risk; assess the effectiveness of observational surveys, task analyses and safe systems of work. analyse the meaning, development, implementation and review of the hierarchy of control.

5. Occupational psychology, human factors (ergonomics) and workplace design: explore the role of psychology in health and safety practice; learn the psychological theories underpinning key concepts such as stress, perception, job satisfaction, motivation and how to tackle them within the workplace. gain knowledge about human information processing, learning and memory and the application of these to occupational wellness and performance. analyse the basics of ergonomics including anthropometrics, human sensing and cognitive processing; evaluate the biopsychosocial approach of ergonomics; comprehend the principles of system design; learn the principles of technical drawing and how to design workplaces.

6. Health and safety management: Explore the basics of organisational management; discuss the sociological perspective to the Maltese workplace; gain knowledge about the principles of industrial relations; illustrate the importance of, and how to develop a safety culture; assess the development and implementation of health promotion initiatives; learn to develop health and safety policy; explore the principles of, and how to implement common international health and safety management systems; learn how to carry out a health and safety audit; learn the principles of accidents and incidents including their investigation and prevention. Learn the principles of emergency and disaster management.

7. Practical application and professional development: Learn to apply key health and safety concepts to Maltese workplaces; explore the application of health and safety principles within different genders, ethnicities, age groups and disabilities; learn to set and prioritise realistic professional development goals; explore professional ethics in safety and health

8. Research: Learn about the broad aspects of quantitative and qualitative research methods and how to plan and carry out an independent research project; Explore the general principles of epidemiology, statistics and ethics; Learn how to analyse and reflect on given situations and how to work within limited time frames.


The programme will also provide students with the opportunity to achieve the following transferable skills:

1. Health and safety law: Apply relevant legislation to various occupational settings in a practical manner; ability to communicate legal liability to managers, employers and contractors; capacity to collect and provide statutory evidence to support or defend an OHS action; contribute towards a lawyer’s defense and act as a witness or expert witness in court.

2. Occupational safety: Ability to contribute to the design and maintenance of safe workspaces within a variety of industries, including fire safety and first aid requirements; contribute to the purchase of safe tools and equipment, including personal protective equipment; Evaluate and deal with the challenges posed by new materials and technology;

3. Occupational health and hygiene: Interact with the multi-disciplinary team to identify occupational hazards to health and contribute towards the implementation and review of control measures; Design and coordinate occupational health surveillance and workplace rehabilitation programmes; Carry out workplace occupational hygiene assessments, whilst being competent in the use of relevant monitoring equipment and in the design, implementation and review of relevant control measures.

4. Risk assessment and control: Demonstrate competency in carrying out relevant risk assessments within diverse settings and industries; ability to link assessment to the development, implementation and review of effective control measures within various occupational settings.

5. Occupational psychology, human factors (ergonomics) and workplace design: ability to carry out psycho-social risk assessments within a variety of work settings and industries; deal with psycho-social risk factors by designing relevant control measures and reviewing these as necessary; collaborate with management and human resource professionals to integrate health and safety measures with overall company strategy; carry out ergonomic assessments and develop solutions that reflect a systems approach.

6. Health and safety management: Ability to develop a safety culture within various occupational settings; competence to develop, implement and review health promotion programmes; establish and run an organisation’s health and safety management system, including the development of health and safety policy documentation and the ability to deal with health and safety audits; ability to lead accident and incident investigations and capacity to advise on solutions; establish and apply the necessary steps for emergency and disaster preparedness. -

7. Practical application and professional development: Demonstrate a proactive approach to occupational health and safety interventions that incorporates worker participation and acknowledges worker diversity; understand the links between occupational health and safety and individual career and professional development; generate ideas for new interventions and solutions.

8. Research: Utilise robust scientific principles when researching occupational health and safety problems and solutions; keep abreast of scientific developments within the field of occupational health and safety, whilst being able to critically appraise the emerging literature.
This course is primarily intended for those who wish to pursue a career in occupational health and safety and others, such as managers, human resource personnel, supervisors or worker representatives who have an interest in becoming competent in health and safety at the workplace.
The knowledge, skills and competences gained from this course will enable the holders of this degree to embark on a career in occupational health and safety.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 16 October 2020

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