Bachelor in Occupational Health and Safety (Honours)

Bachelor in Occupational Health and Safety (Honours)

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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 course 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 you with the knowledge and necessary skills to enable you to work in the capacity of an occupational health and safety professional. The programme covers the following themes: Health and safety law; Occupational safety; Occupational health and hygiene; Risk assessment and control; Occupational psychology, ergonomics (human factors) and workplace design; Health and safety management; Practical application and professional development; and 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
By the end of the knowledge, you will:

• 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, and codes of practice.
• 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.
• 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.
• valuate 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.
• 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.
• 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.
If you would like to pursue a career in occupational health and safety, or in other roles such as a manger, human recourse personnel, supervisor or worker representative, with an interest in becoming competent in health and safety at the workplace, then this is the ideal course for you.
The knowledge, skills and competences gained from the course will enable you 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 November 2021

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