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Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

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  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

To enrol in this qualification meet the University admission requirements and have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have completed at least two years of relevant professional experience or equivalent.

The GradDipOHS is a professional qualification designed to provide advanced education in the fields of safety management, occupational health, environmental control, loss control, and occupational hygiene. The course includes the physical, human, and financial aspects of occupational safety and health. Among those likely to benefit from the study of this Graduate Diploma are health and safety coordinators, occupational health nurses, human resource management and industrial relations specialists, production managers, industrial chemists, industrial engineers and OSH consultants.

To be eligible to graduate, each student must show that they have met the requirements of a set of regulations for a specific year in which they were enrolled for the qualification they seek. This set of regulations defines the 'relevant year'.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


All candidates commencing study towards the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety on or after 1 January 2017 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.

All candidates who commenced study towards the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health prior to 1 January 2017 may complete under the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health regulations in the 2016 Massey University Calendar until 31 December 2020.

In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.
These transition arrangements expire in 2020.

Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety structure

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety shall follow a course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

  1. At least 75 credits at 300-level; and including:
  2. Any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification;
  3. Attending contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, tutorials, and laboratories as required

Candidates seeking graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (UK) must include courses 114.240, 251.370 and 251.372.

In cases of sufficient merit, the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety may be awarded with distinction or merit provided that the course of study does not extend beyond 36 months of part-time study.

The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is awarded without an endorsement.

Note: You must take all courses as outlined above. However, if you have already passed one of these courses or a course with substantially the same content at a similar level, you may be allowed by College Board to include another approved course instead of the required course.

Students with a previous Bachelor degree wishing to start with 300-level courses in their first semester of study must get advice for recognition of previous study prior to enrolment.

Several courses have Contact Workshops.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


Students must complete the following:

251.271 Occupational Health & Safety I
251.272 Occupational Health & Safety II
128.300 Ergonomics/Human Factors: Work Performance, Health and Design
251.370 Health and Safety Auditing
251.372 Occupational Hygiene
251.374 Project in Occupational Health and Safety

1 course from:
114.240 Organisational Behaviour
114.242 Human Resource and Development
114.254 Managing Employment Relations
128.200 Healthy Workplace Design

1 course from:
214.312 Environmental Monitoring and Investigative Methods
214.316 Bio-Physical Effects of Noise and Vibration
251.375 Special Topic in Occupational Health and Safety

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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