Master of Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
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  • Career Outcomes:
    Occupational Health Professional | Environmental Health Professional | Health Safety & Environment Coordinator | Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officer | Hygiene Technician | View All

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Course Rundown

Start a meaningful new career helping to manage occupational threats and hazards with this online Master of Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology course from Edith Cowan University.

Designed for students with backgrounds in general science, this specialised course will help you quickly and effectively build advanced knowledge and skills to identify, evaluate and control a broad range of hazards that may adversely impact on the health of teams, individuals and communities.

In an increasingly regulated business world, managers are seeking skilled professionals to help them meet their occupational health and safety requirements and to ensure the health and performance of their teams. With this accredited and industry-focused qualification, you’ll be able to help.

In this course you’ll learn the foundations of hygiene science, toxicology and occupational health and safety, and develop tailored skills for identifying, controlling, evaluating, monitoring and analysing a range of health, hygiene and environmental hazards. Grounded in research principles, this qualification will equip you with the interrogative skills to test and evaluate samples, and to apply critical thinking skills to interpret relevant legislation.

If you’re a strategic thinker with an eye for detail, and want a career helping others, this qualification may be your next career step.


You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU if you meet the following:

  • Hold a Bachelor Degree in a related science field from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent); AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course

In this workplace health and safety course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Occupational hygiene science
  • Occupational epidemiology
  • Health, safety and workplace environment
  • Occupational hygiene 1: Chemical aspects
  • Occupational hygiene 2: Physical and biological aspects
  • Occupational hygiene 3: Control
  • Occupational hygiene sampling and study design
  • Occupational toxicology
  • Health and safety principles in practice
  • Health science research project 1
  • Health science research project 2
  • Research preparation: Principles and approaches

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology course from Edith Cowan University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in the field of occupational hygiene. You may choose to seek employment as a hygiene technician, occupational hygienist, or workplace health adviser, helping managers meet their occupational hygiene requirements.

You may choose to seek employment across a broad range of industries, including in mining, construction, finance, engineering, technology, and hospitality.

This qualification is accredited by the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Graduates of this course will be exempted from the BOHS Diploma.


Curious about where a career in whs could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees may be paid up-front, or students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the costs of all or part of the fees (eligibility criteria applies).

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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