Master of Safety Science - Major

CQUniversity Australia

The aim of this course is to provide students with a sophisticated set of safety science related knowledge, analysis and research skills that will allow graduates to become safety leaders and manage complex safety and investigation environments. Two major streams in the first half of the course prepare graduates for professional level entry into the occupational health and safety field or professional level practice into accident investigation. Students then have an opportunity to enhance their skills further by choosing an advanced specialisation. All students will have an opportunity to complete authentic learning tasks in the state of the art, purpose-built Forensic Accident Investigation Crash Lab, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Course Fee:

Australian: $47,520
International: $49,920

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree; or five years relevant experience in a safety science related role in upper or middle management; or a Graduate Diploma in Safety Science or equivalent (such as OHS or Accident Investigation). Students applying on the basis of experience may be required to provide evidence of writing skills. Entry into the course under criteria 2 or 3 must be approved by the Head of Program or Discipline Lead.


9 to 11 units (96 credit points)

Subjects you can Study:

Risk engineering, Human factors engineering, Accident forensics, Transport safety management, Emergency services safety, Air safety investigation, Road safety investigation, Rail safety investigation, Industrial accident investigation

Study Pathways:

Exit awards: Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation; Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety; Graduate Certificate in Accident Phenomenology; Graduate Certificate in Fatigue Risk Management. Interim award: Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation; Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety; Graduate Certificate in Accident Phenomenology; Graduate Certificate in Fatigue Risk Management.

Further information:

Some units require students to attend residential schools.


Graduates may be eligible to apply for Chartered Professional Membership with the Safety Institute of Australia once they have completed the appropriate years of service. The course meets the requirements for accreditation by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Online Study No info Yes Online
Online Study No info Yes Part time 4 years
Online Study No info Yes Full time 2 years

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