Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety in Construction

This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other construction professionals to become familiar with the latest developments in Health and Safety legislation and practice. In addition, the course will provide them with the knowledge necessary to perform the roles of Project Supervisor, Health & Safety Coordinator, Safety Advisor, and Safety Officer.

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Information Session: Health and Safety in Construction

Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety in Construction

In general, the issue of Health and Safety related competency in design and on construction sites is comprehensively dealt with in this program. This course has been accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and students successfully completing the programme will be eligible to apply for graduate-level membership in IOSH.

Course Organisation

Lectures are held on Friday evenings from 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm and Saturday mornings from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm each week over two semesters (late September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants may be required to submit coursework as part of the student assessment. 

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Course Content

  • Health and safety legislation and legal framework.
  • Risk management for design and construction.
  • Construction regulations.
  • Other relevant legislation.
  • Health and safety management and training.
  • Health and welfare issues; physical and chemical agents - regulations and controls.


Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in April/May. Coursework, which is done throughout the year, also contributes to the overall assessment.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree in Engineering or a related discipline is required. Applications are assessed based on academic qualifications, together with the number of years of relevant experience. A candidate may be interviewed to establish his or her suitability for the course.

Recommended texts

Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.