Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG433
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 224*
  • NFQ Level 7

Course Summary

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

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

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage workplace safety and health in order to protect workers from injuries and illnesses. You will gain 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 learn how to promote health and wellbeing within the workplace so that workers can remain healthier for longer and be more productive.

The course engages students in a dynamic and innovative way from first year through to third 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 and enquiry based learning.

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 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)