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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science

Graduate with the skills you need to meet industry demand for highly qualified OHS professionals and to work globally in remote, rural or urban regions, across all industries.

The 32-unit Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science is designed for graduates in any field who have completed first year university level science.

For your two year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll undertake 14 courses, together with an elective to suit your interests and career goals.

You'll learn to apply theory to practice, build your industry contacts, and extend your independence as a researcher through a one- or two-semester industry research project.

You'll also have the opportunity to work in a host workplace on a part-time basis and plan, design, perform, analyse and report on an OHS industry research project.

You'll graduate ready to work across Australia and overseas, and across all industries, including mining, agriculture, retail, hospitality, construction, transport, manufacturing, health care, government, private sector or consultancy.

UQ's program is accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board. As a graduate, you'll be eligible to become a member of the following professional associations: Safety Institute of Australia, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.

Program highlights

  • Learn from some of Australia's top Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) experts.
  • Benefit from an industry-accredited program developed in response to industry demand for highly-qualified OHS professionals.
  • Study a range of complementary disciplines, including environmental management, business and engineering, to further strengthen your work-readiness.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


  • Feb Deadline: Nov
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Workplace health and safety adviser
  • Health safety environment administrator
  • Occupational health and safety policy officer
  • Occupational health and safety manager
  • Occupational health and safety compliance investigator
  • Occupational health and safety infection control practitioner
  • Health, safety and environmental manager

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor¿s degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering or health sciences with two or more first-year, university-level science courses that cover human anatomy, human physiology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and/or physics.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.