Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

301104 v.2 Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety


Course CRICOS Code: 032975B
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course attracts students from a wide variety of professions and industries who are practising or intending to provide occupational health and safety, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physical education or human movement graduates, environmental health officers, teachers, engineers and chemists. The course is recognised by several professional bodies including the Australian College of Occupational Medicine. Upon successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, students may apply for admission into the Master of Occupational Heath and Safety, Master of Science (Health Sciences) or the Master of Public Health. The postgraduate diploma comprises the first year of the two-year Masters program.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A relevant bachelor degree from a recognised institution. Candidates with degree equivalent qualifications may be considered, particularly if already employed or experienced in occupational health and safety.

Specific Requirements

Evidence of completion of an approved certificate in senior first aid is required before the course can be awarded. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is four semesters part-time with study principally conducted on an external basis. Some optional units are available in internal mode. Full-time study is available if required.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management.

Course Organisation

There are two streams: a management stream for those with occupational health and safety experience or aiming towards a management career in occupational health and safety and a technical stream for those who are new to the profession intending to develop knowledge and skills in occupational health and safety. Each stream consists of core units followed by a selection from a range of optional units. The optional units provide the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of occupational health and safety. All units are offered in Distance Education mode with some units requiring attendance at an on-campus session of up to one week.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

301105 v.2   Management Stream (Occupational Health and Safety)   200.0
301106 v.2   Technical Stream (Occupational Health and Safety)   200.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1       Y  
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2       Y  

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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