Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook initiative the current demand for tertiary level qualified occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals is set for continued strong growth in coming years. Government regulators such as Work Safe Victoria emphasise the need for employers to use qualified OHS professionals. This course is for you if you wish to work as a professional in the rapidly growing field of OHS, and gain specialist knowledge of ergonomics. It is suitable for you if you're already working in the field and need to upgrade your qualifications to meet new OHS professional practice requirements. You can also study this course if you're not already working in OHS and ergonomics. Our Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health will help you develop the diverse range of skills needed in Australian and international workplaces.


To qualify for the award of Master of Ergonomics Safety and Health, students must complete 180 or 240 credit points in total consisting of: 150 credit points of core subjects and 30 credit points of electives (cognate entry) or 210 credit points of core subjects and 30 credit points of electives (non-cognate entry).


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Ergonomics Principles of Work, Workstation and Plant Design
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries/disorders and Psychological Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety: Principles and Legislation
  • Principles of Public Health
  • Systems Thinking and Leadership
  • Workplace Assessment
  • Workplace Management of Hazardous Substances in Occupational Health & Safety
  • Workplace Risk Management Principles and Practice

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Specialisation - recommended: Biological or behavioural sciences, health or allied health profession, industrial engineering.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor's four year or Honours degree
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:


The Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health is accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health may apply for membership with the Safety Institute of Australia and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study pathways

Depending on grades, students may take an optional third-year Honours program (part-time, 60 credit points). Applicants may apply for initial enrolment in the Graduate Certificate if they don't meet the requirements for this course.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online (Bundoora) No
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Online (Bundoora).

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Nov 26 2021

Further information

This course is offered through distance education. Students will need access to a high-speed internet connection. Those who satisfy these requirements but choose to enrol in the Graduate Certificate initially must achieve a minimum B-grade average (70%) in first year in order to progress to Master's studies. Applicants who don't satisfy prerequisites may be granted Special Entry to the Graduate Certificate on the basis of: relevant Certificate IV-level studies, at least three years' relevant employment experience, and suitable demonstrated academic skills.

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