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Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Management with Honours

Offered by: Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Exam BodyInternal Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration4 Yrs 8 Mths
Part Time/Full TimePart Time studies/Weekend classes
FacultyFaculty of Science & Technology
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyBusiness Management & Administration
Course Description

Successful organisations treat their employees as valuable assets and with increasing cut throat competition and emphasis laid on human resource policies and practices, safety and health of employees cannot be ignored for the success of business entities. Employers are being called upon to strengthen the need to better equip themselves with tools that effectively guard their employees against occupational hazards, including psychosocial ones.

Occupational safety and health (OSH) has become an integral part of business in Malaysia. The BSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management (BOHSM) programme offered at OUM is a part-time open and distance learning (ODL) undergraduate degree programme, which is designed for OSH professionals, who are both practising and experienced at either management or technical level.

The program will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplinary approaches. This programme differs from other programmes, which integrate OSH and management perspective. The programme has strengths in a number of areas including occupational hygiene, hazard management, OSH management systems development and evaluation. You will also explore legislation and regulations applicable to occupational health and safety. Our program incorporates experiential learning concepts with project-based learning and provides hands-on experience, ensuring students graduate with ‘real-world’ experience.

MPU Courses
Subject Name Credit Hours


University Courses
Subject Name Credit Hours
Learning Skill for Open Distance Learners 3
English for Written Communications 3
English for Oral Communications 3
English for Workplace Communications 3
Professional Ethics 3


Basic Courses
Subject Name Credit Hours
Principles of Management 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Basic Concepts of Information Technology 3
Thinking Skills & Problem Solving 3


Core Courses
Subject Name Credit Hours
Occupational Safety and Health Management 3
OSH Legislations 3
Financial Management I 3
Industrial Relations 3
Human Resource Management 3
Elementary Statistics 3
Project Management 3
Essential Mathematics 3
Basic Science 3
Basic Security Management 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
OSH Risk Management 3
Industrial Hygiene 3
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3
Plant and Construction Safety 3
Environmental Health Practices 3
Ergonomics 3
Bio-Hazards Management 3
Food Safety and Health 3
Emergency Response Management 3
Environmental Management 3
Occupational Safety 3
Organisational Behaviour 3
Industrial and Organisational Psychology 3
Research Methodology 3
Project 6
Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

Passed the STPM/ Matriculation/ A-Level/ Foundation or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 in these subjects:

  • Biology/ Physics
  • Chemistry

Passed SPM/SPMV/MCE or equivalent with 5 credits in any 3 of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • English

*Note: Candidates may be required to have 5 credits in the listed subjects for some fields of study. OR
Relevant Diploma from a recognised institution with a minimum CGPA of 2.75; OR
Relevant Diploma from a recognised institution with CGPA less than 2.75 and minimum 3 years (36months) of working experience in the relevant field



APEL Admission

More than 21 years of age on 1 January in the year of application; AND
Relevant work experience / prior experiential learning; AND
Pass the APEL Assessment (Aptitude Test & Portfolio) conducted by OUM

English Language Proficiency for Foreign Students

Candidates must obtain the minimum of 6.0 in IELTS/ 550 in TOEFL (written) or their equivalent.

Career Prospects

The programme providing improved career prospects and advancement in the variety of industries including mining, oil, gas, manufacturing, construction, hotels, marine and aviation industries and many others. There is also demand for graduates in corporate, government, health and academic sectors. OSH professionals work alongside with other professional in the organisation to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.

With Malaysia steadily and increasingly strengthening its position as a quite formidable economic participant in the immediate region as well as the global economic community, we are bound to face challenges in terms of the working environment. To add on with the stringent legislative requirements for in OSH and the future demand for tertiary qualified occupational health and safety professionals is expected to be high.

This programme is recognized by DOSH as continous education programme (CEP) for Registered Safety and Health Officer.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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