BSc (Hons) Health, Safety and Environmental Management

This is a one year top up degree (for those who hold a BA or BSc in Occupational / Health and Safety Management) for the Health and Safety Professional who wishes to gain further understanding, and academic qualifications, in these areas. Incorporated within this degree, is a dissertation where the student can focus on a particular area of personal or professional interest. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Health (IOSH).

Your career

Graduates from the course will be well prepared to go on to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including local authority, manufacturing, construction, off-shore and insurance companies.

This is a one year programme. Coursework is divided into three trimesters. In trimester A you study Energy, Resource Management Health and Safety Leadership. In trimester B you study Waste Management and Contaminated Land, Water Quality Policy. Trimester C you complete your dissertation.

Energy, Resources and Management

Investigates the role of energy as a critical resource for sustainable development, both in the global economy and in the local environment. The focus is on Regulation and Assessment of buildings and energy management strategies and techniques, including the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive is discussed, together with its impact on building regulations and low-carbon buildings.

Health and Safety Leadership

This module is to enable students to develop an understanding of theories underpinning Safety Leadership and its interaction with safety management. Students will reflect on key concepts, issues and debates relating to the development and role of Safety Culture, Safety Climate and how these combine with management to influence human behaviour. They will evaluate the various methods of organisational and leadership strategies in relation to workers safety behaviour.

Waste Management and Contaminated Land

The regulatory framework surrounding waste management and contaminated land is outlined and the administrative responsibilities highlighted. Types and volumes of solid waste from household, commercial and industrial producers are identified and methods of waste minimisation are discussed. Construction industry waste management and waste to energy schemes are examined and alternative modern waste management options including recycling and incineration are considered.

Water Quality Policy

This module gives students knowledge of and insight into international and UK water policy in a wider policy context. Students will investigate how water policy applies to planning and industry and what role underlying concepts and perspectives play in this. It aims to encourage students to explore a range of water-related issues and how they are addressed by water policy; to evaluate objectives of different stakeholders and how they are reflected in policy; to understand structures of government and management approaches as applicable to water policy, and to evaluate the legitimacy of policy and decision making.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Part Time
1 Year
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
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Entry requirements

BA Occupational Health and Safety Management or BSc Health and Safety Management or an equivalent and approved qualification of proximate academic structure.

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Part-time and distance learning tuition fees

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

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Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

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This programme is divided into three trimesters and each trimester is completed in classes that run every Thursday from 1pm - 8pm.

The programme is accredited by IOSH the Institution of Occupational Health. Course modules are presented within the range and depth of subjects necessary to meet the current requirements of IOSH.