Taught course

Partnership Masters Programme

University of Portsmouth · Learning at Work

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent. Other qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees, supported by several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts, may also be acceptable. Applicants are usually working at a professional level. Applicants to the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management and the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management should have appropriate experience and proven aptitude in health and safety, a certificated professional/vocational qualification or an undergraduate degree or equivalent. If you do not hold a level 6 qualification you may be required to present evidence of your ability to study at level 6.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Our Learning at Work degree courses allow you to get an undergraduate Bachelor's or postgraduate Master's university degree alongside your current job, without going to university full time.

You choose what you learn based on your professional and personal aspirations, and you can mix online modules and work based projects to suit what you need to learn. We'll help you build an approved study programme over the first 3 months of your course.

Our courses are a different way to learn. Firstly, you are not studying on campus in structured lessons. Our Learning at Work courses are driven by self-study, where you'll use your motivation, enthusiasm and time to complete your studies. Second, the structure of your studies is individual to you, and can contain mandatory and optional distance learning modules and work based projects that create learning opportunities.

Teaching and support

How you're taught will depend on which modules you study and the work-based learning projects you do.

Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment called Moodle. This includes online tutorials, lectures, webinars and virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, allowing you to interact with subject specialist teachers, other staff and fellow students. Some modules do not have taught sessions and require you to read materials, watch videos and then attempt the formal assignment.

You’ll also have access to the Library’s electronic resources with library staff to help you make the most of all the materials. You can chat with them in person or online.

Our Academic Skills Unit (ASK) provides additional support you in areas such as academic writing, referencing, note taking and time management.

Example work-based learning projects

The implementation of an occupational health programme in a mining company in Ghana

Development of emergency response and recovery plans

Analysis of piracy as a threat to maritime security in Nigeria

Developing conservation objectives for offshore oil and gas operations in the Gabon

Design and development of pneumatic test bench for cylinder test purposes

Management processes for removing redundant equipment safely and cost effectively

Incorporating a vessel traffic information management system (VTIMS) and a marine simulator facility (MSF)

Licence application for self-production power using solar/photovoltaic system

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Flexible duration

Course contact details

Learning at Work
023 9284 6260