Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Safety and Risk Management

The course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of risk assessment techniques, the public and individual perception of risk, and how decisions are made in competitive business markets; the focus is on practical applications of safety methodologies, ergonomics and human factors, and safety and risk management techniques.

Entry requirements

For MSc level entry applicants must have a minimum of 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For Postgraduate Diploma level entry applicants must have a 3rd Class Honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area plus 2 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level completed post qualification; cognate or semi-cognate ordinary degree plus 3-4 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level following graduation. If English is not the applicant's 1st language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Course modules

Risk assessment and safety management; human factors methods; human factors in the design and evaluation of control rooms; fire safety, explosions and process safety; environmental impact assessment; learning from disasters; project management, theory and practice; value and risk management; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Various awards are available on a competitive basis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (EU) 24 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (England) 24 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (International) 24 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (Wales) 24 months
MSc Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MSc Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (Wales) 24 months
MSc Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (EU) 24 months
MSc Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (England) 24 months
MSc Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (International) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (EU) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (England) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (International) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (Northern Ireland) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (Scotland) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 1,162 per Module (Wales) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (Scotland) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (Wales) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (EU) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (England) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (International) 24 months
PgDip Distance learning January 2017 GBP 1,162 per Module (Northern Ireland) 24 months

Campus details

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Administrator, School of the Built Environment
Telephone number: 
0131 4514650