Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program is designed for people seeking a professional qualification in occupational health and safety (OHS) with specialist expertise in ergonomics. Designed to accommodate busy professionals, it is offered part-time (up to a maximum of half a normal full-time load) with no compulsory attendance requirements. Course content and assignments are adaptable to the needs and interests of a diverse range of students.


First year comprises the Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics. A part-time load is two subjects for each of two semesters per year. Students may choose to enrol in fewer subjects. Depending on grades, students may take an optional third-year Honours program. In third year, students can complete either a minor thesis on an agreed topic of interest, or continue in the coursework stream.


  • Ergonomics, safety and health

Standard entry requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of a relevant AQF Level 8 Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent) e.g. biological or behavioural sciences, health or allied health profession, industrial engineering
  • In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
  • Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health is accredited by the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health may apply for membership with the Safety Institute of Australia and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study pathways

Depending on grades, students may take an optional third-year Honours program (part-time, 60 credit points). Applicants may apply for initial enrolment in the Graduate Certificate if they don't meet the requirements for this course.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Online (Bundoora) International: $88,200 No
  • Online/Off-campus : 3 years
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Further information

This course is offered through distance education. Students will need access to a high-speed internet connection. Those who satisfy these requirements but choose to enrol in the Graduate Certificate initially must achieve a minimum B-grade average (70%) in first year in order to progress to Master's studies. Applicants who don't satisfy prerequisites may be granted Special Entry to the Graduate Certificate on the basis of: relevant Certificate IV-level studies, at least three years' relevant employment experience, and suitable demonstrated academic skills.

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