Develop the critical skills needed by Safety Scientists to recognise, evaluate and control situations to prevent harm to people, property, and the environment.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
The welfare and protection of people in the workplace from incidents such as accidents, explosions, fires, and generally health-threatening conditions is the responsibility of industry and government agencies. Their role is to avoid costs for individuals, workplaces and the entire nation. This has created a huge demand for professionals with qualifications in Safety Science, as employers are hiring staff to manage and minimise such risks.
The discipline of Safety Science is applied world-wide in areas such as teaching, learning and research in the science and technology of human and industrial safety. It also extends to transport, energy or infrastructure, as well as other hazardous activities. In this course you’ll develop the critical skills needed by Safety Scientists to recognise, evaluate and control situations to prevent harm to people, property, and the environment. Experts in this expanding field range from social scientists to engineers.
The graduate diploma is designed for working professionals who wish to advance their career in this growing field. It also provides the opportunity for recent graduates to gain post-graduate qualifications in Safety Science and enhance their employment opportunities.
The curriculum in Safety Science is rich in the disciplines of science, safety, health and environment and will also provide you with a valuable insight into engineering, systems analysis, management, human relations and communications. This course is also comprised of units offered by the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and the School of Psychology and Exercise Science.
Graduates of the Diploma in Safety Science can find employment in industrial or government organisations as safety professionals in a managerial OSH role, which requires a minimum Postgraduate Diploma level degree. While the degrees currently in the market are lacking a strong engineering and psychological focus in their courses, businesses demand knowledge of process safety and engineering concepts to improve safety culture through understanding assessment, behavioural based safety and change management principles. As these skills are becoming essential employment requirements of OSH professionals, the Graduate Diploma in Safety targets this niche within the OSH market.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
- School of Engineering and Information Technology
- Graduate Diploma in Safety Science
Each course has a core set of units that must be completed for you to graduate. In addition to these core units you are free to choose other units, called general electives, to create your own course.
Entry requirements for
Candidates are assumed to have some prior knowledge and must have passed the following units at Murdoch or their equivalent elsewhere: MAS221 Mathematical Modelling (desirable) ENG201 Fluid Mechanics (desirable) CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry (essential) PEN152 Principles of Physics (essential) ENG203 Heat Transfer (desirable)
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications close at the start of semester on 27 February.
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