Master in Occupational Risk Prevention

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Master’s Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention

Presentation

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It is unquestionable that every working activity entails a risk for the employees. This reality has generated a new business need, that requires the compliance with a set of specific obligations increasingly rigorous made by business owners.

Such obligations are based on a series of regulations and standards that are based on the highest body and that get slowly included into the countries and progressively adjusting to the local field.

In addition to that, the increasingly social demand that asks for the regulation and care of the security and health conditions, it is understandable that organizations, no matter their size, are interested in managing work health and safety in order to control the risks and comply with the legislation in force.

It is in this aspect where the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention turns into an optimal tool for the development of some quality training on safety and health, thanks to the experienced gained and the teaching practice in this field.

The online program presented here responds to the new demands that are required, giving some criteria, rigor and common sense when transferring policies regarding safety and health to the organization.

The master in Occupational Risk Prevention has been approved in accordance with the convergence criteria of Bologna and counts on the official recognition of every country from the European Union.

Competences

Graduates in the Master’s Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention will be able to integrate or lead multi-disciplinary teams with ability to adapt to the market needs and technological changes and cover safety and health issues using professional criteria. With that aim, throughout the program, the following specific competencies will be developed:

Designing, executing and maintaining an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 standard that makes it possible for the integration of continuous improvement and the environmental variable in the business operations.

  • Understanding the fundamental concepts the occupational conditions are based on, as well as its possible repercussions on the worker’s safety and health and the precise preventive techniques to be applied for its evaluation and improvement.
  • Planning prevention, related to reducing occupational risks in specific activities: gas and pressure vessels management, machines and electricity use, welding, hazardous and dangerous waste, storage operations in general, among others.
  • Planning prevention, related to identifying, assessing and controlling environmental factors, in order to reduce the risk of work-related diseases in specific activities: measuring, analyzing and manipulating chemical and biological agents, noise and vibrations control, radiations, etc.
  • Knowing the objectives and specific action protocols that occupational medicine uses to watch and control the employees’ health in the framework of the prevention legislation.
  • Identifying the preventive ergonomics with the principle of relative action to the way how it adapts the work to the capacities and abilities of the employee within the legislative framework.
  • Analyzing those factors that may influence the mental workload by identifying the effects of an inadequate mental workload (physiological, psychological and behavior alterations) and subsequently proposing preventive actions.
  • Assessing the training needs in a safety and health issue of the different business groups and organizations, selecting later the most adequate didactic method to promote the prevention culture. Knowing the particularities of communication between organizations, essential aspects, bases and current trends, identifying the most common interferences as to overcome them and achieve an efficient communication.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining a prevention management system based on the OHSAS 18001 Standard which makes possible creating and maintaining a culture of prevention that avoids work-related accidents and diseases.
  • Knowing the tools and mechanism that ease the development of abilities in managing working equipment and that allow to guarantee the security in the decision-making process in safety and occupational health.
  • Using cognitive tools to identify, describe, analyze and solve conflicts in the professional and personal field.
  • Designing, executing and maintaining a quality management system based on the ISO 9001 standard that makes it possible for the integration of the continuous improvement in the processes, making the client’s satisfaction and the business benefits the essential objectives for the business’s evolution.

Career Opportunities

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The graduate in the Master’s Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention will be able to access to the following job posts:

  • Educator of employees in the company or through an external occupational prevention service, excluding freelance professionals [Art.19 of the Spanish Law of Occupational Safety & Risk Prevention].
  • Occupational Risk Prevention technician in the company, dedicated to planning prevention and being a link with the managerial works integrated in the acts to be done in case of an emergency and first aid.
  • Head of evaluation, control and risk reduction program in the company
  • General coordinator of the occupational risk prevention service in the company.
  • Consultant in safety and health management systems at work. Head in health insurances.

Degree

Once the program is completed, the student will obtain the diploma MASTER IN OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION issued by the European University of the Atlantic.

Study Programme

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The Master in Occupational Risk Prevention is organized in 60 credits distributed into the subjects, the external internship and a masters’ degree final project. Estimated time for completion is a whole academic year.

Attention to diversity in the case of students with special educational needs arising from a disability, the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

SUBJECTS CREDITS NATURE
1st Semester Foundations of the occupational risks prevention. 3 MAND
Job security 4 MAND
Workplace hygiene 4 MAND
Occupational medicine 3 MAND
Ergonomics 3 MAND
Applied psychosociology 3 MAND
OHSAS 18001 and auditing 3 MAND
Training and Communication 3 MAND
2nd Semester Team Management Techniques 3 MAND
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Techniques 3 MAND
Quality management ISO 9001 3 MAND
Environmental Management System ISO 14001 3 MAND
Specialization in “Job security”
Job security
6 EL
Specialization in “Workplace hygiene”
Workplace hygiene
6 EL
Specialization in Ergonomics and Applied Psychosociology
Ergonomics and Applied Psychosociology
6 EL
INTERNSHIP
External internship
6 EL
FINAL PROJECT
Master’s Degree Final Project
10 MFP
TOTAL   60 ETCS  

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) offers financial aids for these master degrees.

Access Requirements

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Student profile

The Master in Occupational Risk Prevention is specially aimed at:

  • Graduates in Engineering and Architecture or equivalent (Higher or Technical Engineers).
  • Graduates in Experimental Sciences (Chemical Sciences, Physics, Biological and Environmental Sciences) or equivalent (Bachelor’s Degree or “Diplomado” Degree).
  • Graduates in Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, etc.) or equivalent.
  • Graduates in Legal Sciences (Environmental Law) or equivalent (Graduates in Law and holding a “diplomado” degree).
  • Graduates in Health Sciences (Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Nursery, etc.) (Bachelor’s Degree or “Diplomado” degree).
  • University graduate of any qualification equivalent to the ones above, may they be future qualifications in the Spanish university system, may they be existing qualifications in the university systems in other countries.
  • University degree in any specialization accrediting to have received specific training in occupational safety and health.
  • University degree in any specialization accrediting to have received been working in occupational safety and health for a long time.

Requirements to access to master’s degrees studies

According to what is established in artículo 16 del Real Decreto 1393/2007, as amended by the Real Decreto 861/2010, access to these studies will be granted for students who meet either of the following conditions:

  • Be in possession of an official Spanish university undergraduate or any another issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies in the issuing country for the access to Master's degree studies.
  • Those students that hold an undergraduate not belonging to the educational systems of the European Higher Education Area can access without the need for the accreditation of their degrees, after the University has verified that they have an equivalent level of education to the corresponding Spanish official university undergraduate studies, and that allows to access to postgraduate studies. Access by this via does not denote, in any case, the approval of the prior diploma held by the applicant, or its recognition for purposes other than entering the master’s degrees’ studies.
  • In the case of students with special educational needs arising from a disability, the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies. Once these requirements are met, the admission process is done in two phases: preregistration and enrollment.

Preregistration and Enrollment

Preregistration and place payment.

The admission process to the Master begins with the submission, via postal service or courier company to the Postgraduate Admission Section the following documentation:

  • Completed Admission Application Form
  • Up-to-date resume
  • ID photocopy (only Spanish applicants), NIE or passport (only foreign applicants)
  • Academic record photocopy (finished studies or taking the last year of the studies)
  • Two color passport-sized photos.

To ease the admission process to the master’s degree the European University of the Atlantic allows the submission of the documentation via e-mail: Likewise, to formalize the admission process it is necessary to submit the required documentation via postal service or a courier company to the Postgraduate Admission Section.

Once the documentation is received, the Admissions Committee for Master’s Degrees made up by the Academic Planning head, the Admissions Department Management, the Master’s Degrees Academic Manager and two professors teaching at the Master’s Degree will check that the diploma enables the admission to the studies and will analyze the applications received in order to determine the applicants’ adequacy. In this admission phase, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Student’s academic record (80%)
  • Other merits linked to the diploma’s field (scholarships and prizes relates to the diploma, postgraduate studies in similar studies, professional experience related to the diploma) (20%)

The Master’s Degree Academic Committee reserves the right to interview the applicants, in case it deems so necessary as to complement the information stated in the submitted documentation. Once the applicants assessment and analysis has concluded, the Admissions Committee approves or rejects the application form. The number of places is 90 per group for every academic year, as established in section 1 in this present document.

Once this phase is finished, the applicant is informed, via phone or e-mail, about the result of the admission process and the registration process, the documentation required, dully legalized if required by the nature of the documentation submitted, documents that have to be submitted to start the preregistration process/place reservation and then the enrollment.

Enrollment

Admitted students will be contacted by the Student Secretariat, who will indicate which documents must be submitted in order to formalize the enrollment to the master’s degree program.

Enrollment via Internet: The self-enrollment service from the university’s web allows the admitted students to make all the academic, economic and administrative procedures, without having to go the university in person.

This Master’s Degree has more than one call per year. For more information about dates and deadlines, contact with the University’s Academic Secretariat.

Transfer and credits’ acknowledgment systems

With the objective of making more effective the students’ mobility, “recognition” means the acceptance on the part of the European University of the Atlantic of the credits which, having been obtained in any official program, in this or another university, are valid for obtaining an official diploma.

The acknowledgment of credits must be requested by the student at the time of the enrollment. In exceptional cases, and with an explicit authorization, a different deadline from the one stated may be established and the student will have to pay for the academic fees established.

The credits obtained by the student included in the following list will be eligible for acknowledgment:

  1. The credits obtained in university studies leading to other degrees, mentioned in artículo 34.1 of the Ley Orgánica 6/2001, December 21st, de Universidades, modified by the Ley Orgánica 4/2007, April 12th.
  2. The experience and professional accredited experience if such experience is related to the competences inherent to the master’s degree. In this sense, those profiles defined for the master’s degree will be the general criterion.
  3. The rest of credits may be acknowledged by the University taking into account the competences and knowledge associated with the subjects taken by the student and those foreseen in the study plan or that have a cross-cutting nature.

The maximum number of credits of the assumptions (a) and (b) shall not be greater than 15% of the total number of credits that constitute the study plan. The credits’ transfer also implies the inclusion, in the official academic documents, proof of each student’s studies, of the credits earned in previous official studies, in this or another University, which have not led to an official degree.

For more information about dates and deadlines, contact with the University’s Academic Secretariat.