Master of Work Health and Safety (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills in the area of Work Health and Safety (WHS). Specifically, the scientific, behavioural, legal and business aspects of WHS are addressed, with sufficient content to satisfy the requisite knowledge for professional membership in a number of organisations.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Work Health and Safety (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MWHS
Course code
74530
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
093380B

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Work Health and Safety (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Safety Institute of Australia.
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Tim Ackland
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students without sufficient background in chemistry, physics, psychology, functional anatomy, motor control or exercise physiology take conversion units up to the value of 24 points.

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points

Note: Students without a background in:
Functional Anatomy, take one of ANHB1101, ANGB1102, SSEH1101 or SSEH2250;
Physics take PHYS1030 or PHYS1021;
Chemistry, take CHEM1003:
Psychology, take PSYC1102:
Motor Control, take SSEH2240;
Exercise Physiology, take SSEH2250.
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ANHB1101Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S2ANHB1102Human Biology II: Being Human
S1CHEM1003Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent or more) in Chemistry ATAR or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry, or equivalent.
S1PHYS1021Applied Physics A
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR or Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or Mathematics 3C/3D or Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B or Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers; PHYS1002 Modern Physics; PHYS1101 Advanced Physics A; PHYS1102 Advanced Physics B; PHYS1141 General Physics A; PHYS1142 General Physics B
S1, S2PHYS1030Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B or WACE Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than or equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR or WACE Physics 3A/3B or equivalent or PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers or PHYS1002 Modern Physics
S2PSYC1102Psychology: Behaviour in Context
S1SSEH1101The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
Incompatibility:
SSEH1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry; HMES1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry
S2SSEH2240Motor Learning and Control
S1SSEH2250Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

Take all units (42 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ANHB5455Applied Anatomy for Ergonomics
S2CHEM4309Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent
Incompatibility:
CHEM3309 Chemistry in the Workplace or SCIE2231 Nanotechnology
S1PHYS5405Radiation Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma In Work Health and Safety (52330); Physics ATAR or WACE Physics 3A/3B or TEE Physics or PHYS1021 Applied Physics A or PHYS1022 Applied Physics B, or equivalent
Co-requisites:
If prerequisites are lacking, then co-enrolment in PHYS1021 Applied Physics A.
NSPSYC5515Organisational Development and Work Design
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the the Master of Commerce (Advanced) (coursework) (41650) or the Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (coursework) (42610) or the Master of Commerce (coursework) (41680) or the Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework) (41660) or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5715 Organisational Change for Psychologists
NSPSYC5830Human and Organisational Factors in Managing Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5730 Psychology-based Approaches in Managing Work Health and Safety
S1SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3387 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics in Industry (formerly HMES3387 Human Performance in Industry)
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)

For students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SSEH5020Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
S1, S2SSEH5021Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a master's degree in the Faculty of Science. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of the Level 3 units of a relevant bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Levels 3, 4 and 5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2SSEH5022Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Co-requisites:
SSEH5023 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
S1, S2SSEH5023Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Co-requisites:
SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal; SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1; SSEH5022 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2

For students in the course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in either the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320), Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340), Master of Biomedical Science (71520), Master of Health Science (71540), Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (51320), Master of Human Biology (53520), Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) or in consultation with the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210) or Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science 52320: ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology for students who commence their course at the start of the year, but not for the students who commence their course in July
S2EMPL5514Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
EART3304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability; EART8304 Environmental Planning, Management and Sustainability
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
Incompatibility:
FNSC5620 Expert Testimony Part 1, FNSC5621 Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
S1MGMT5660Applied Project Management
Incompatibility:
MGMT5665 Project Management
S1PSYC5542Human Factors
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580) or the Master of Business Psychology (73550), or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380);or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or honours in the Faculty of Science
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework) (51610)
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3339 Community and Work Site Health Promotion (formerly HMES3339)

For students in the course with prior professional experience, as recognised by the Faculty, take all units (6 points).

Note: Enrolment in this unit requires approval from the course coordinator.
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380)

For students in the course without prior professional experience, take all units (6 points).

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390). Students enrolled in the master's programs must have completed a minimum of 48 points (for a 96-point master's program) before enrolment in this unit is permitted.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sport Science and/or Exercise and Health, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) a bachelor's degree in a related field of study, as recognised by UWA, that included foundation units in at least two of the following sub-discipline areas: motor control, exercise physiology, functional anatomy, psychology, chemistry, physics (Chemistry ATAR and Physics ATAR also accepted);

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) at least two years of full-time relevant professional experience.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (48 points)
  • 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Work Health and Safety course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed the pre-requisites for the core units CHEM4309 and PHYS5405, as well as foundation studies in psychology, functional anatomy, motor control and exercise physiology are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an option in this course must have—

(a) (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.