MSc in Environmental Health and Safety Management (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 90
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Taught Masters Degree by Thesis
  • Duration 2 years

Course Summary

Providing a healthy and safe work place whilst protecting the environment is now paramount for every business and industry. Our MSc in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management will provide you with practical management skills. Our online course is designed for busy professionals who wish to develop their knowledge base, network with like-minded individuals and further their career.

This is a two-year part-time course aimed at Honours Degree (Level 8) graduates of Science, Engineering or related areas. Graduates will be able to manage the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) affairs of organisations and will be capable of developing management strategies for these areas compatible with other organisational functions.

The course is delivered over two academic years.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Natural Resource Management and Assessment (Semester 1 - 10 credits)
  • Risk, Management and Technical Safety (Semester 1 - 10 credits)
  • Occupational Health, Hygiene and Chemical Risk Management (Semester 2 - 10 credits)
  • Environmental Licensing and Industrial Efficiency (Semester 2 - 10 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

  • EHS Regulation (Semester 1 - 10 credits)
  • Integrated Management Systems (Semester 1 - 10 credits)

A Dissertation (30 credits) is also completed as part of the course in Year 2, with Semester 2 being devoted solely to the Dissertation. Students are encouraged to undertake this research on a topic of interest to them (or their employer) and students are mentored through the research by an IT Sligo academic supervisor.

There is an option to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental, Health and Safety Management after completing the 6 taught modules of the course (60 credits).

Frequently asked Questions:

Q: How is the course delivered?

A: Lectures are delivered online, via adobe connect or panopto. The online lectures are normally scheduled between 6-10pm from Monday – Friday during the term. Normally your lectures will take place on two of these evenings. If you cannot attend the live lecture, you have the option of watching a recorded lecture later at your convenience. Assignments are completed/uploaded using the online moodle platform.

Q: How often do I need to attend IT Sligo?

A: This is an online course. We do meet up once per semester for workshop/site visit activities. However, if you are abroad it is still possible to complete the course, and provision can be made to take exams remotely.

Q: When does the course start and how long are the semesters?

A: The course starts in mid-September. Semester 1 runs from September to December with exams in January. Semester 2 runs from January to May with exams in May.

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Key Course Information

Application Closing Date : 24th September 2021

Entry Requirements

Applicants with a Level 8 Honours Degree in Science or Engineering, or in a related area, are eligible to apply.

Applicants with a Level 8 Honours Degree in other areas must demonstrate appropriate experience in the EHS area.

Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through IT Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Career Opportunities

An ever increasing number of organisations are implementing EHS management systems based on International and European standards. These systems enable companies to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to managing their EHS affairs. Since the introduction of EPA licensing approximately 1,000 Irish organisations have been issued with licenses, a condition of these includes a requirement to implement an Environmental Management System.

Many other organisations are also considering, or are in the process of implementing, systems to ensure better management of their EHS affairs. Once these systems are in place, considerable resources are required for their continued operation, management and improvement.

Further Study

Graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to the award of PhD at IT Sligo or at other third level institutes.

Did you know?

This course is one of the only courses accredited by the following professional organisations:

  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

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 is an accredited course with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the largest professional body for chartered environmental scientists. All students on this course are eligible to become student members of this professional body.


Programme Fees



Total Programme Fees:


Fees per annum:


Per 10 credit module:


Per 5 credit module:


·€3000 for 30 credit Dissertation

·Year 1 (4 no. 10 credit modules) €3000

·Year 2 (2 no. 10 credit modules plus 30 credit Dissertation) €4500