Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG442
  • Duration 4
  • Points Required 289*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

On completion of this four year course you will be qualified to act as a health and safety or environmental, health and safety manager in any workplace.

This is the longest running Occupational Safety and Health honours degree course in the country and our graduates are employed across all sectors, from manufacturing to construction, retail to public bodies.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to put in place environmental, health and safety management systems in the workplace. This combined with the fact that our graduates will also be qualified to act as trainers makes them highly sought after by employers.

The course engages students in a dynamic and innovative way from first year through to fourth year. Students learn how to effectively work with people by working within groups and teams to solve real workplace safety and health issues. The course gives a blend of theoretical and practical learning from lectures, laboratory based monitoring, site visits, case studies, enquiry based learning and work placement.

By the end of year three of the course you will have gained practical experience in monitoring workplace contaminants such as noise, vibration, chemicals and biological agents. You will be qualified to act as a manual handling instructor and workstation assessor. You will also have learned how to promote workplace health and wellbeing. All modules have a practical emphasis, preparing the student for professional work placement, which takes place from May to October of third year.

In the final year of the course, the class work on a collaborative project with an industry partner to develop an environmental, health and safety management system and training programme. This practical experience leaves our graduates confident to take up a health and safety position in any work place.

Our course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and qualifies you to take up a career as a Health and Safety Advisor/Manager in any type of industry anywhere in the world.

If you would like a career that involves variety and you enjoy working with people then this may be the course for you.

Please watch the video link below of a description of the course by one of the lecturers.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the only Chartered body for health and safety practitioners and the world’s largest health and safety professional membership organisation.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the BSc. Occupational Safety and Health you will be a qualified Occupational Safety & Health Advisor/Officer. Graduates from the programme work in a wide variety of workplace sectors; Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Energy, Oil & Gas Industry, Medical Devices, Food industry, Biopharmaceutical, Construction, Healthcare, Local Authorities, Semi State Companies, Retail and Consultancy.

Further Study

On successful completion of the BSc. Occupational Safety and Health (Level 7) there is an option to progress to the BSc. (Honours) Occupational Safety and Health (Level 8) at Institute of Technology, Sligo and the MSc. (Level 9) Environmental Health and Safety Management.


“Over the past number of years, Glanbia has be delighted to host Health & Safety placement students from IT Sligo. The quality of students has been excellent, with students showing a high level of technical knowledge, enthusiasm and strong interest in Health & Safety. Two of our core values here at Glanbia are ‘Find a Better Way’ and ‘Performance Matters’. Our placement students have demonstrated these values through their ability to question our methods and systems, and their willingness to learn new skills”.



"One of the main things I noticed when studying Occupational Safety & Health at IT Sligo, is that each module begins at a basic level. Through a great mix of theory lectures and practical labs, my knowledge grew gradually over the semesters. Group work is a huge focus in the course, especially Enquiry Based Learning (EBL), which has greatly boosted my confidence in presenting in front of crowds, communicating professionally and working efficiently as part of a team. When I chose this course a few years back, I could never have imagined the huge range of opportunities that it would open for me."

Michael Murray (2020 Graduate)

Course Format

Semester 1

Introductory Biology05
Mathematics for Science 105
Information Technology 105
Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 110
Chemistry And Chemical Hazards 105

Semester 2

Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 210
Mathematics for Science 205
Biological Science05

Semester 3

Hazard and risk control05
Electricity, Machinery and Fire Safety05
Occupational Safety And Health Enquiry Based Learning 305
Environmental Water Quality05
Occupational Hygiene Physical Agents05
Safety Legislation 105

Semester 4

Construction Technology05
Manual Handling Instructor Training05
Data and Statistics in Health05
Workstation assessor training05
Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 405
Biological Health Hazards in the Workplace05

Semester 5

Safety and Health Legislation 205
Occupational Health and Health Promotion05
Occupational Hygiene Theory & Practical (Chemical & Biological Agents)05
Environmental Topics in the Workplace05
Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 505
Management of Hazardous Materials and Processes05

Semester 6

Construction Safety and Contractor Management05
Occupational Hygiene - Control of Hazardous Substances05
OSH Enquiry Based Learning 6 - Safety Statement and Risk Assessment05
Applied Statistics and Data Management05
Environmental Management for the Safety Practitioner05
Hazard and risk management05

Semester 7

EHS Management Systems and Auditing 05
Behavioural Based Safety Programs05
Project Management for OSH professionals05
Regulatory Affairs05
Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning 7 & Workplace Studies05

Semester 8

Training and Development 10
Management of Workplace Health & Wellbeing05
OSH Enquiry Based Learning 8 -EHS Management Systems Project15