Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health

Choose Ergonomics, Safety and Health at La Trobe

Improve wellbeing, health and safety in the workplace with a career in the rapidly growing Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) industry, or in ergonomics.

  • Get the skills and qualifications to work in the field of OHS and ergonomics.
  • Benefit from a growing need for qualified OHS graduates.
  • Take advantage of overseas study opportunities

Career outcomes

With government regulators like WorkSafe Victoria emphasising the need for OHS professionals in the workforce, demand for graduates in this field is growing quickly. Graduates work in a range of areas including industry, government, not-for-profit organisations and consulting, in roles such as OHS manager, ergonomist, risk manager and OHS coordinator.

Professional Recognition

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course to see what professional registration and membership options exist.


What you'll learn

How to:

  • apply your specialist knowledge in a range of Australian and international work environments
  • assess the safety and ergonomics of the workplace
  • monitor hazardous substances in the workplace
  • develop modern workplace risk management principles

Course content

Your first two years of study are made up of core subjects. In your first year you'll develop foundational knowledge of OHS principles and legislation. In your second year you'll develop skills in practical workplace assessment, monitoring and prevention.

In your final year of study you'll determine the future of your career as you choose to follow either a practical (Mode 1) or research (Mode 2) stream.

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.Insert New Container

Scholarships and financial support

Inside look: a smart career move

For students looking to progress their career, Elizabeth Van Deventer highly recommends La Trobe's Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health. She credits the course for helping her achieve her goal of working in OHS at a national level.

'I really like studying the Master of Economics, Health and Safety… it is very industry specific, so I've been able to relate a lot of the assignments and a lot of the learning to my current workplace. Overall it's helped me progress my career.'

Elizabeth - Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health

Featured staff

Rwth Stuckey

Rwth Stuckey has worked as an OHS and ergonomics consultant and occupational rehabilitation adviser for more than 35 years. She started out as an occupational therapist but her interest in OHS and ergonomics took her from working in health environments to working in industry, where her particular interests include preventing and promoting healthy workplaces and improving work design. She has worked in varied environments including meat and sugar industries, other manufacturing environments, and more recently with workers in postal, animal rescue, art gallery, educational and office environments. Rwth teaches and undertakes research as a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe and Monash Universities.

Ms Victoria Weale

Ms Weale teaches Ergonomics, Safety and Health subjects at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level at La Trobe. She is a qualified occupational psychologist and has previously worked for the UK Health and Safety Executive's Health and Safety Laboratory. She has also worked extensively for Telstra in the Human Factors Section of the Telstra Research Laboratories. Ms Weale is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (UK), Registered Psychologist (Victoria) and Associate Member Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. See Ms Weale's full staff profile here.

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