Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: 31470

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

65 (plus 4 practical training credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Nicole Yiu



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 & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

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.

More information on the subjects offered can be found here.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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).


Career Prospects

Graduates can have a wide spectrum of career opportunities in public utility, construction companies, consultants, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other private agents.


Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • a Higher Diploma or an Associate Degree in Occupational Safety/ Environmental Studies/ Science/ Engineering or a relevant discipline.



For further programme information, please contact:
General Office (tel: 2766 4789; email:

Student Message

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Programme Leaflet


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.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between December to August
Mode:Individual/Group interview, if necessary

To understand the interest of the applicants and to evaluate their potential in studying the programme.

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 10-15 minutes

  • Shortlisted applicants may be invited to sit for an admission test and/or attend an interview.