Graduate Diploma of Safety Science

Murdoch University

The welfare and protection of people in the workplace from incidents such as accidents, explosions, fires, and generally health-threatening conditions is the responsibility of industry and government agencies. Their role is to avoid costs for individuals, workplaces and the entire nation. This has created a huge demand for professionals with qualifications in Safety Science, as employers are hiring staff to manage and minimise such risks. The discipline of Safety Science is applied world-wide in areas such as teaching, learning and research in the science and technology of human and industrial safety. It also extends to transport, energy or infrastructure, as well as other hazardous activities. In this course you'll develop the critical skills needed by Safety Scientists to recognise, evaluate and control situations to prevent harm to people, property, and the environment. Experts in this expanding field range from social scientists to engineers. The graduate diploma is designed for working professionals who wish to advance their career in this growing field. It also provides the opportunity for recent graduates to gain post-graduate qualifications in Safety Science and enhance their employment opportunities. The curriculum in Safety Science is rich in the disciplines of science, safety, health and environment and will also provide you with a valuable insight into engineering, systems analysis, management, human relations and communications. Graduates of the Diploma in Safety Science can find employment in industrial or government organisations as safety professionals in a managerial OSH role, which requires a minimum Postgraduate Diploma level degree. While the degrees currently in the market are lacking a strong engineering and psychological focus in their courses, businesses demand knowledge of process safety and engineering concepts to improve safety culture through understanding assessment, behavioural based safety and change management principles. As these skills are becoming essential employment requirements of OSH professionals, the Graduate Diploma in Safety targets this niche within the OSH market.

Entry Requirements:

Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) in the environmental or chemical engineering discipline. Students with recognised prior learning in other disciplines or practice are also eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00125J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info No Full time 1 year
Murdoch No info No Part time

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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