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Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management will teach you personal and professional skills that are necessary to be successful in demanding and evolving business environments.

This programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning, with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skill. High importance is placed on the development of occupational health and safety management skills (such as communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem solving skills) in addition to the development of specific business knowledge.

You will learn to:

  • Critically analyse strategic occupational health and safety issues facing organisations,
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures management,
  • Undertake an influential leadership role.

Course Content

Students must complete one of the following two elective papers:

  • MGT608 Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)
  • MGT617 Occupational Health and Safety Intervention Programme Design and Evaluation (15 credits)

Compulsory papers

  • MGT615 Occupational Health and Safety Management Practice Leadership (15 credits)
  • MGT702 Research Methodology (15 credits)
  • MGT712 Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategies (15 credits)
  • MGT713 Occupational Health Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • MGT714 Occupational Safety Strategic Management (15 credits)

Compulsory - Choose either 730 or 731

  • OHS730 Management Research Project (30 credits)
  • OHS731 Internship (30 credits)

Career opportunities:

Recent graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management have gained employment in private and public sectors including training institutions and industrial businesses, or furthered their career in their current employment, gaining additional responsibilities.

Satisfactory Completion

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management, students will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers. The total credit value of the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management is 120 credits.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Mature Applicants
Applicants must supply evidence of at least three years relevant work experience. Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma programme.

All enrolments in the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management are approved at the discretion of the Programme Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty and teaching staff, as required.

Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
    TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
    TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
    Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
    OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
    NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
    Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
    Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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