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Occupational Safety, Health and Environment, BSc Hons (Top-up)

Expertise in occupational safety helps to prevent workplace accidents and illness. This top-up degree in occupational safety, health and environment lets you boost your skills by distance learning.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • This course offers a novel approach to delivering health, safety and hygiene training and will allow a wider range of applicants to gain access to this growing industry
  • Equip yourself with skills in health, safety and environment, to assist you with work in the private and public sectors
  • Access online course materials and support from tutors via e-mail, telephone and Skype
  • Develop a systematic understanding of how work activities may present a risk to the environment and the consequences of the uncontrolled release of harmful or hazardous substances
  • Consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge and understanding to initiate and carry out projects relating to occupational ergonomics.

UCAS points

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Course/institution codes



Built Environment


2 years distance learning

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and to certificate level for the British Occupational Hygiene Society.

If you have a passion for keeping people safe, and making sure things are done correctly, a career in occupational safety might well be the perfect thing for you. Especially as The International Labour Organisation estimates that each year 2.2 million people worldwide are killed by accidents in the workplace or die from work-related illness and 15% of the world's population suffers a work related accident or ill-health.

What will I learn?

Our BSc Hons Occupational Safety, Health and Environment by distance learning is a novel approach to delivering health, safety and hygiene training and will allow a wider range of applicants to gain access to this growing field of employment. This programme is accredited by both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and to Certificate level for the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

The programme should be able to be completed in two years by part-time distance learning study. Students will normally complete four courses each academic year on a part-time distance-learning basis. The maximum period of registration is five years. 

The overall aim of the programme is to produce an individual with competence across the core disciplines of environment, safety and health practice. In particular, the course aims to engender the necessary skills for managing environment, safety and health activities, and will encourage a 'team' approach in environment, safety and health practice. 

During this course you will:

  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills required to effectively manage environment, safety and health programmes
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding and competence in environment, safety and health practice
  • Develop a detailed knowledge of the relevant legislative base with respect to environment, safety and health
  • Be aware of the role and function of other environment, safety and health professionals and the value of the team approach to environment, safety and health practice
  • Develop a full appreciation of the physiological and toxicological effects of exposure to, or contact with, various physical and chemical agents within the occupational environment and be able to identify the means of controlling the hazards presented
  • Develop the necessary scientific and technical skills associated with analysis and the evaluation and interpretation of data
  • Be capable of communicating effectively with other professionals, and non-technical people.

Why Greenwich?

Each course is supported by a study guide and course texts, and of course, University of Greenwich's online learning resources. A study school will be held twice each year during which students will be introduced to the courses, course materials and assessment requirements. Although not compulsory, it is anticipated that students will attend the study schools.

The department has offered health, safety and hygiene programmes at both postgraduate and undergraduate level since 1992. Our graduates have gone on to build successful careers in their chosen discipline and many of them now hold senior positions in their organisations.

The close relationship with professional bodies forms a key part of programme development and delivery and emphasises the wider context of the programme and students are encouraged to engage fully with the appropriate professional body. The use of novel teaching methods including extensive use of the university's virtual learning environment for both programme delivery and assessment encourages participation in the learning process beyond the traditional student body.


The university has invested £76 million in a new building to house the campus library, TV studios and academic facilities for disciplines including architecture, design and construction. Stockwell Street is just a short walk from the university's buildings on the Old Royal Naval College site.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Enable safety professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve graduate status
  • Provide membership of leading professional organisations through part time distance learning study
  • Act as a launch pad for professionals new to occupational safety and health.

What you will study

Entry requirements

All Applicants:

  • A degree or equivalent in an appropriate science or engineering related subject OR a Diploma, Higher Diploma, HND, Advanced Diploma or Professional Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) fields, with evidence of having gained substantial knowledge, skills and experience
  • OR appropriate professional qualifications with relevant professional experience in the OSH field.
  • Applicants are expected to be working in an appropriate professional field
  • Applicants must have successfully achieved competence in mathematics

Applicants from a UK educational background

Applicants must have successfully achieved competence in English (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

For more information, please contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


Students are assessed through coursework.


Graduates will be equipped for careers as advisers, managers and officers in health, safety and environment within the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.

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