Bachelor of Occupational Health & Safety Science (Honours)

Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Occupational Health & Safety Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Occupational Health & Safety Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at or phone 3365 1888.

Study Planner Information

What will I study?

Your first year of study will incorporate a strong basis in the foundation sciences, as well as offer the opportunity to meet with OHS professionals and gain insight into their work life.  This insight into your future work life will be provided in the Introduction to OHS course.

Your subsequent years (2, 3 and 4) will be used as a basis for the study of the core OHS areas such as occupational health, ergonomics, safety science, occupational hygiene, and toxicology. You will also study management, law, ethics, and aspects of the environment. In your fourth year you will undertake a full semester of industry placement, so that on completion of the BOHSSc(Hons), you will be job ready.

Year 1 to 4 Study Planners

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory Courses– all students must complete this course
  • Elective Courses- choose an elective from the list
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOM1051 Introductory Cellular Physiology Compulsory


CHEM1090 Introductory Chemistry1

CHEM1100 Chemistry 1

OHSS1000 Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety Compulsory
PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Minds, Brains and Behaviour Compulsory

1) For students entering without Senior Chemistry or equivalent


Year 1-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOM1052 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy Compulsory


CHEM1100 Chemistry 11

CHEM1200 Chemistry 2

ENVM1002 Critical Analysis in Environmental Mgmt Compulsory
PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems Compulsory

1) For students entering without Senior Chemistry or equivalent


Year 2-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
MGTS1601 Organisational Behaviour Compulsory
OHSS2000 Occupational Health Compulsory
OHSS2001 Occupational Safety Science Compulsory


Elective - see table below

CHEM1200 Chemistry 21


1) For students entering without Senior Chemistry or equivalent


Year 2-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANAT1005 Anatomical Basis of Human Movement Compulsory
ENVM2000 Environmental Data Analysis Compulsory
LAWS2800 Occupational Health & Safety Law Compulsory
OHSS3004 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems Compulsory
Year 3-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
ENVM3103 Regulatory F/Works for Env. Mgmt and Planning Compulsory
OHSS3000 Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology 1 Compulsory
OHSS3001 Physical Ergonomics Compulsory
PLAN3001 Applied Research Method Compulsory
Year 3-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
OHSS3002 Risk Management Compulsory
OHSS3003 Occupational Hygiene 2 Compulsory
PSYC3062 Introduction to Human Factors Compulsory
Elective - see table below Elective
Year 4-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
OHSS4012 (#4) Industry Placement 1 Compulsory
OHSS4014 (#4) Industry Research Project in Occupational Health and Safety Science Compulsory
Year 4-Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ENGG4020 Systems Safety Engineering Compulsory
OHSS4000 Professional Practice & Emerging Issues in Occupational Health & Safety Compulsory
OHSS4004 Research & Evaluation of Interventions in OHS Compulsory
Elective - see table below Elective
Electives - Available Semester 1
Course Code & Title
ENVM2100 Sustainable Development
ENVM3203 Tools for Environmental Assessment and Analysis
GEOG2205 Global Population Issues
MGTS2604 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Electives - Available Semester 2
Course Code & Title
ENVM2512 Fire Management
ENVM2522 Carbon & Energy Management
ENVM3525 Sustainable Business Practise
MGTS2604 Introduction to Human Resource Management
MGTS2607 Employment Relations
MGTS3602 Managing Workplace Conflict
MINE4121 Mine Management
PUBH2004 Understanding Health Behaviours
Electives - Available Summer Semester
ENVM3104 International Regulatory Frameworks for Climate Change & Environmental

Careers in Occupational Health & Safety Science

With a shortage of qualified OHS professionals, particularly those with an undergraduate degree based on a sound background in Science, you will have many career choices. Where you choose to start your career will depend on both your career goals and personal aspirations. Positions in large organisations and consulting firms offer mentoring by senior staff, and normally involve travel within Australia and overseas. Comparatively, sole positions allow you to be more hands-on across the full range of OHS issues, and expose you to other business activities, such as human resources and production.

Legislative requirements mean all workplaces require OHS advice.  This allows you to you have the opportunity to work in all occupational settings, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining/Resource Industry
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Transport

Jobs can be in remote, rural, or urban regions, and can be found both nationally and internationally. There is currently a high demand for OHS graduates in Asia and an increasing demand in South America. As a result of this, OHS graduates currently enjoy high salaries and flexible working conditions.

With experience, you will have opportunities to progress into OHS management roles often taking on the responsibility for OHS across a range of countries.

On a day-to-day basis OHS professionals are involved in:

  • Analysing workplace data
  • Completing incident investigations
  • Conducting OHS audits and inspections
  • Delivering education programs, including wellness programs
  • Designing work environments to enhance worker health and safety
  • Devising, evaluating and implementing OHS management systems
  • Ensuring legislative compliance
  • Monitoring and modifying work environments.



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