UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety

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 overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety
Award abbreviationGradDipWHS
Course code52330
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code073533M
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Tim Ackland

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

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

Take all units (42 points):

S1ANHB5455Applied Anatomy for Ergonomics
S2CHEM4309Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety
S1PHYS5405Radiation Safety
S2PSYC5515Organisational Development and Work Design
S2PSYC5830Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
S1SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
S1SSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety

Take unit(s) a value of 6 points from Group A (with prior professional experience):

Group A

S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium

Take unit(s) a value of 6 points from Group B (without prior professional experience):

Group B

S1, S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II

Take units according to substitution rule, if applicable:

Group C

S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion

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



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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, Bachelor of Engineering, or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) (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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

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

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 8 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


13. The Faculty, on the recommendation of the course coordinator, may permit a student to substitute up to two units from Group C for a unit or units of equivalent value from the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety core units if the student has passed units similar to the core units concerned within their undergraduate degree course.