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Master of Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology

Course code I01

Aims to develop professionals in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene.

In particular, this coursework Masters aims to develop the skills of identification, evaluation and control of workplace hazards that may adversely impact on the health of workers and/or the local community.

On completion of the program it is expected that students should be able to: demonstrate a high level competence in identification, evaluation and control of potential occupational and environmental stressors; demonstrate a good understanding of the potential impacts of a range of occupational agents and conditions on exposed populations; evaluate the qualitative and quantitative occupational aspects of exposure assessments, including dose-response and risk; recommend and evaluate appropriate control measures using the hierarchy of control to reduce or eliminate exposures to occupational and/or environmental hazards; participate in the development and implementation of appropriate occupational hygiene monitoring programs; interpret and advise on legislation and standards as it may apply to a range of occupational hazards; solve multifaceted problems by a combination of site observations, review of the literature, exposure measurement and data analysis using scientific methodology; and communicate effectively to a wide audience base on a range of occupational hygiene issues.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I01

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,300

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I01

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have an appropriate undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in relevant sciences such as physics, chemistry, human biology or health and safety management.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

This course is not offered for study on-campus to international students with a student visa.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OHS6144Occupational Hygiene 1: Chemical Aspects20
OHS6162Occupational Hygiene 3: Control20
OHS5118Occupational Hygiene Science20
OHS6136Occupational Epidemiology20
OHS6159Occupational Hygiene 2: Physical and Biological Aspects20
OHS6178Occupational Toxicology20
OHS6176Occupational Hygiene Sampling and Study Design20
OHS6205Health, Safety and Workplace Environment20
OHS6135Health and Safety Principles in Practice20
HST6106Health Science Research Project 120
HST6107Health Science Research Project 220
RES5115Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches20

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students are required to attend compulsory workshops held at the Joondalup campus for the 3 practical-based units (OHS6144, OHS6159 and OHS6162). The workshops will be held on both weekdays as well as weekends. In these workshops students will undertake typical occupational hygiene assessments dealing with specific issues in workplaces.

  • Students can apply for membership with Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH). Students can join the AIOH as an Associate member before they graduate.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect critically on a complex body of discipline knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of Occupational Hygiene professional practice or scholarship.
  2. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex occupational hygiene ideas, concepts and theories in workplace situations.
  3. Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative contributions to professional occupational hygiene practice or scholarship.
  4. Use high level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute an occupational hygiene project.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)

Accredited by: British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)

Graduates from this course will be exempted from the BOHS Diploma and can apply to take the BOHS Diploma oral examination.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,300 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $33,850 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course are in demand to handle the many issues relating to occupational hygiene in both Australia and internationally. Graduates are suitable for roles as occupational hygiene technicians or occupational hygienists in a range of industries including the mining, oil & gas, construction, manufacturing, government and non-government sectors, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Hygiene Technician, Industrial Hygienist, Industrial Hygiene Technician, Occupational Health.

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Master of Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology student Constanze Spicer talks about study at ECU.

Student stories

Constanze Spicer

ECU Postgraduate Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology

"The course is offered online which is fantastic if you need flexibility"

Master of Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology student, Constanze Spicer, talks about studying the course with Edith Cowan University (ECU). Constanze discusses why she chose ECU's Master of Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology as well as some of the activities she's undertaken in her studies, including exposure monitoring in the field.

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    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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