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The Master of Workplace Health and Safety at the University of Newcastle has been designed to offer extended education to health and safety professionals enhancing career opportunities in the field.

Health and safety in the workplace is a legal requirement for businesses to operate. Keeping abreast of occupational health and safety principles and practice is essential for health and safety professionals, to ensure they meet complex and changing requirements and legislation introduced by State and Federal Governments.

Knowledge of legislation, organisational requirements and the work environment are essential for occupational health and safety officers, inspectors and consultants in developing, implementing and educating employees on key health and safety initiatives in the workplace.

With this qualification you will be able to work in roles such as an occupational health and safety manager, inspector or consultant.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Workplace Health and Safety at a time that suits you.


The Master of Workplace Health and Safety is a 120-unit postgraduate coursework program that provides training in occupational health, safety, injury management and rehabilitation. It can be completed wholly on-line as there is no requirement for on-campus attendance.

The program prepares graduates for work in the preparation and implementation of occupational health and safety programs at the workplace. It is designed to develop advanced knowledge, critical understanding and problem solving approaches to the complex ranges of issues and processes associated with practice in occupational health and safety and workplace injury management.

Students will, in many cases, be working in a variety of roles within this area, in positions of managerial or professional responsibility, through which they are required to develop policies and strategies in response to the OH&S and workplace injury management needs of their organisations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of roles within the field of workplace health and safety. This may include OH&S Officer / Manager / Inspector / Consultant. Professionals can seek continuing education points from their respective professional bodies for completion of these programs or parts thereof.

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety from the University of Newcastle encompasses the most industry relevant areas of study to provide you with a comprehensive, industry relevant and accredited qualification.

The Master of Workplace Health and Safety has been structured with ten core mandatory courses including injury management, ergonomics, current practice and applied research; alongside two elective courses from health and environment or management streams (see the details tab for the full list).

The core courses focus on advancing your knowledge of occupational health and safety management, legislative requirements, occupational hygiene and toxicology, ergonomics, current health and safety practices, injury management and research skills. With options from a list of management, environment and health courses, the two electives provide you with the opportunity to direct your course in a way that best leverages your career needs.

Program requirements

Domestic Australian and International applicants must lodge a formal application through and provide evidence of:relevant Bachelor degree from an approved institutionGraduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety (AQF level 8) with a GPA of 5.0English Language Proficiency Requirements Applicants for whom English is not the first language must provide evidence that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirements English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5


The Master of Workplace Health and Safety (MWHS) is accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board. This will allow students to apply for registration as Occupational Health and Safety Professionals. This is a new initiative within Occupational Health and Safety nationally and will enhance the recognition of our program, and the professional recognition of graduates. The MWHS is accredited by IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health and Safety) which is a recognised UK accrediting body of OHS programs and enables students to become Graduate members of IOSH, which is professionally recognised internationally.

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