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Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety

Enhance your knowledge of work health and safety by completing a Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety.


The Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety develops knowledge and skills in the scientific, behavioural, legal and business aspects of Work Health and Safety.

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Course description, features and facilities

This graduate diploma is underpinned with the theme of providing the science behind policy and practice and involves opportunities for students to network with industry representatives and participate in work health and safety teams through practicum placement. The course is taught with sufficient content to satisfy the requisite knowledge for professional membership in a number of organisations.

Two of the core units have unit pre requisites that may require an applicant to undertake a bridging unit/s. Students may enter the course without the pre-requisites, but must have completed the pre requisite requirements prior to enrolment in either of the core units:

· PHYS5405 Radiation Safety (a pass in WACE physics, or equivalent; or completion of a foundation general physics unit at tertiary level)

· CHEM4309 Occupational hygiene and chemical safety (a pass in WACE chemistry, or equivalent; or completion of a foundation general chemistry unit at tertiary level)

For more information please contact the course coordinator Winthrop Professor Tim Ackland.

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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

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

Career opportunities

This degree prepares students for work in the education, government and private sectors. Potential roles include Safety and Health Managers, Ergonomists and Educator roles in government departments such as Worksafe.

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Further study opportunities

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

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.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

Additional information

Applicants must have completed foundation units (or year 12 equivalent studies) in Maths, Psychology, Physics and Chemistry to comply with the prerequisites for the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety. Please refer to the following document for information about how to meet these requirements and contact if you have any further queries.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):

Contact details - admission information


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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

Apply online

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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Contact details - admission information

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Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety: the details

Available 2015
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook
Standard full-time completion
1 year
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Senior Administrative Officer
School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health
6488 2360
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