Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: 31470
Duration and Credit Requirement
65 (plus 4 practical training credits)
Dr Daniel Tsang
BEng, PhD, PG Dip (Tert Tchg), CEnv
Students who do not meet the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.
Aims and Characteristics
This programme is designed to respond to the increasing demand for local environmental and occupational safety and health legislation on the work environments of organisations and to the demand for graduates who have the skills necessary to work in these focused professional areas. This application-oriented programme aims to provide additional full-time training opportunities to allow Higher Diploma/Associate Degree graduates to gain a full degree qualification and to equip graduates with skills that they can further develop in careers as professionals in the areas of environmental and occupational safety and health.
This programme is the only undergraduate degree programme in safety and health for the construction industry offered by a local university. The programme content can be broadly divided into two areas: environmental protection and occupational safety and health. These interrelated areas are given equal weighting so that graduates are equipped with sufficient knowledge to tackle both environmental and occupational health and safety problems and to develop and implement appropriate systems or preventive measures. The programme is hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with the support of the Industrial Centre and other units in the University. PolyU has extensive experience in the teaching and research in the areas of environmental and occupational health and safety.
This is a two-year full-time programme. In the first year, in addition to core subjects, students are equipped with adequate mathematical training, particularly in applied statistics, to support their study of other subject areas. In the environmental protection area, students in the first year are exposed to fundamental knowledge in physics, chemistry and biology (including ecology), which forms the essential foundation for later works (in the second year) in more advanced areas, such as waste management and air and noise pollution control and management. The integration and application of these topics are covered in the subject Environmental Management Systems.
For the occupational safety and health side, the first year covers the fundamental knowledge and skills of safety technology, human health and environment, construction safety, occupational health and hygiene, and the second year covers more advanced, integrated studies in accident prevention and analysis, risk management and safety management and audit. The Final Year Project requires students to exercise their independent thinking and learning skills and provides them with an opportunity to individually tackle an environmental and occupational safety and health problem.
For subject details, please visit www.polyu.edu.hk/cee.
Recognition and Prospects
On completion of the programme, graduates can fulfil the academic requirements for registration as Registered Safety Officer (RSO) with the Labour Department, HKSAR and as Environmental Officer (EO) for government contracts. In addition, they can apply for the membership of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health of the United Kingdom (IOSH).
Graduates can have a wide spectrum of career opportunities in public utility, construction companies, consultants, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other private agents.
- a Higher Diploma or an Associate Degree in Science/ Engineering/ Health or a relevant discipline.
- Priority will be given to first choice applications.
- Preference will also be given to applicants who hold qualifications in engineering or science disciplines.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
Holders of Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in science/ engineering/ health, or a relevant discipline, are required to submit copies of their latest transcripts together with their applications. Current final year students who are pursuing the above awards are eligible to apply, and should submit their transcripts once available.