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Specialise in Occupational Health and Safety for your Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science at Massey
Note: This qualification is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) is a 120 credit qualification. If you are a health and safety practitioner looking for advanced studies in creating healthy workplaces, this qualification is ideal.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Occupational Health and Safety is a good fit if you:
- want to create healthy workplaces
- want to prevent injuries and ill health at work
- want to improve the health and wellbeing of workers.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 251731 Advanced Occupational Safety and Health credits 30
An examination of current issues in Occupational Safety and Health and issues commonly found in the work environment.View full course details
Compulsory course selection
Course code: 168711 Health Research Design and Method credits 30
Philosophical, ethical and methodological issues in relation to health research are examined. Selected quantitative and qualitative methods are explored in depth, in preparation for developing a research proposal for a thesis, or research project.View full course details
Course code: 168713 Evidence-Based Practice credits 30
Evidence based practice (EBP) is an approach to problem solving and service provision based on the integration of “best evidence” with expert opinion and client/consumer perspectives. Students will develop EBP skills needed to critically evaluate information available from research findings, professional consensus statements and other sources of information, as well as communicating the results.View full course details
Course code: 179702 Advanced Research Methods credits 30
An examination of research methods, traditions and techniques used in social and health research. The course is designed to assist the planning of Master and Doctoral theses.View full course details
Course code: 251770 Health and Safety Auditing credits 30
A comprehensive examination and critical analysis of current theories and practice in relation to auditing and assessing organisational health and safety performance.View full course details
Course code: 251772 Advanced Occupational Hygiene credits 30
An advanced course studying the current issues in occupational safety and health, which involves the recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards in the work environment, including the study of noise, ventilation systems and air pollution.View full course details
Course code: 251773 Hazard Management credits 30
A comprehensive analysis of Hazard Management and the application of Hazard Management methodologies and legislation.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) you will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Health Science degree or an equivalent qualification.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
Career options for graduates include:
- health and safety managers
- WorkSafe New Zealand and ACC employees
- occupational health and safety consultants
- occupational health nurses
- environmental health, air pollution and noise control specialists
- occupational hygienists
- human resource managers and advisors.