Master of Applied Science - Occupational Health and Safety

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

This program aims to produce OHS researchers who can evaluate OHS interventions and add to the evidence base for the subject. The main coursework component of the program is given in its first two years. The coursework in the final two years part-time is designed to develop research skills and support the candidate's research project. In the final component of the Masters program (third and fourth year for part-time study), candidates examine the context of their research and the process of critically evaluating OHS interventions. Candidates conduct a literature review, assisted by information literacy sessions from the Information Services Branch. Candidates begin to practice the public presentation of their occupational health and safety messages, assisted by presentation skill exercises. These presentation skills help prepare the candidate for their seminar or conference presentation. Candidates also analyse OHS students' research projects - projects that involve quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. The candidate narrows down their research topic and develops a research design, appropriate to the time and resource constraints of a Masters by coursework. They apply as appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodological skills to their project. With this preparation, MAppSc(OHS) candidates are ready to collect data appropriate to their research aim, supported by a rigorous research design. Finally, candidates prepare, under supervision, a seminar or conference paper or poster, built on their literature review (of the previous year). It is important that what they have already learned is applied to, communicated to industry. The seminar or conference paper has to be presented to an audience outside the University. With the help of their supervisor, the candidate develops a peer reviewed journal article from their seminar or conference paper or poster.

Designed for

Occupational health and safety specialists


4 courses


  • Occupational health and safety

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission as a Candidate for a Masters by research degree a person must: have graduated with or qualified for a four year Honours Bachelor degree, or Degree with Honours, at least second class honours level, that included a dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at Masters level
  • Or hold qualifications and/or have demonstrated skills, experience, research, or publications which are assessed as being at least equivalent to the qualifications above. Applicants who do not meet the requirements will be required to undertake an additional programme of study equivalent to a fourth year of advanced undergraduate study and research in the relevant field.

Study pathways

Recognition of Prior Learning is available, especially for those candidates with considerable industrial or research experience, and those who have completed Graduate Diploma or Masters studies elsewhere. Up to 50% of the program can be covered by recognition of prior learning. A PhD is also available in this field.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Helen (Ballarat) Domestic: $42,300
International: $47,850
No information available No
  • Online/Off-campus : 1.5 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 1.5 years

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