Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 252*
  • Course Code AU856 (was SG433)
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

This programme gives students the knowledge and skills to protect workers from injuries and fatalities, prevent illness caused by work, promote health and wellbeing, and advise employers on health and safety law.  Students will also learn how to prepare, implement and monitor safety management systems in the workplace. 


This 3-year programme engages students in a dynamic and innovative way from the first year through to the third year. Students learn how to effectively work with people by working within groups and teams to solve real workplace safety and health issues. The course gives a blend of theoretical and practical learning from lectures, laboratory-based monitoring, site visits, case studies, enquiry based learning, and work placement.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to put in place environmental, health and safety management systems in the workplace. This combined with the fact that our graduates will also be qualified to act as trainers make them highly sought after by employers.

This is the longest-running Occupational Safety and Health honours degree course in the country and our graduates are employed across all sectors, from manufacturing to construction, retail to public bodies. On completion of this three-year course, you will be qualified to act as a health and safety or environmental, health and safety advisor in any workplace.


Students study the biological and chemical sciences which underpin Occupational Safety and Health and develop a range of communication and IT skills.


Students study important safety and environmental topics, including Safety Law, Manual Handling Instruction Training, Construction Technology, Occupational Safety and Health, Biological Health Hazards and Environmental Water Quality.


In the third year, there is a focus on applying the knowledge and skills students have developed on the programme in Years one and two. Modules include Construction Safety and Contractor Management, Management of Hazardous Materials, Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Health and Health Promotion, Safety and Health Legislation and Environmental Topics.


This course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the only Chartered body for health and safety practitioners and the world’s largest health and safety professional membership organisation. This qualifies students to take up a career as a Health and Safety Advisor/Manager in any type of industry anywhere in the world.




Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

A science subject is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the BSc. Occupational Safety and Health you will be a qualified Occupational Safety & Health Advisor/Officer. Graduates from the programme work in a wide variety of workplace sectors; Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Energy, Oil & Gas Industry, Medical Devices, Food industry, Biopharmaceutical, Construction, Healthcare, Local Authorities, Semi State Companies, Retail and Consultancy.

Further Study

On successful completion of the BSc. Occupational Safety and Health (Level 7) there is an option to progress to the Level 8 BSc. (Honours) Occupational Safety and Health

Level 8 graduates may progress to the two-year online Masters in Environmental Health and Safety at ATU Sligo or MSc or PhD awards. 


“Over the past number of years, Glanbia has be delighted to host Health & Safety placement students from ATUSligo. The quality of students has been excellent, with students showing a high level of technical knowledge, enthusiasm and strong interest in Health & Safety. Two of our core values here at Glanbia are ‘Find a Better Way’ and ‘Performance Matters’. Our placement students have demonstrated these values through their ability to question our methods and systems, and their willingness to learn new skills”.


"One of the main things I noticed when studying Occupational Safety & Health at Sligo, is that each module begins at a basic level. Through a great mix of theory lectures and practical labs, my knowledge grew gradually over the semesters. Group work is a huge focus in the course, especially Enquiry Based Learning (EBL), which has greatly boosted my confidence in presenting in front of crowds, communicating professionally and working efficiently as part of a team. When I chose this course a few years back, I could never have imagined the huge range of opportunities that it would open for me."

Michael Murray (2020 Graduate)


Did you know?

A five-month work placement takes place at the end of third year from May until October. Students find work in pharmaceutical, local authorities, manufacturing, construction, state agencies or retail. Placements are paid. 

Over the past number of years there has been a 100% employment rate for our Level 8 B.Sc (Hons) in Occupational Safety & Health graduates. 

As Occupational Safety & Health in the workplace covers areas such as chemical safety, occupational health, exposure to noise, dust, gases, this course is essentially applied science rather than the science as you would know it from secondary level.