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BSc Human Factors in Safety

Bachelor's Degree Programme

Recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower for WSH Officer registration and accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK.

BSc Human Factors in Safety


Human Factors (also known as ergonomics) is concerned with how people interact with technology, and how their physical and operational environments affect them. It is the study of the capabilities and limitations of people applied to the design of systems, products and work environments to ensure that people are safe and healthy at work and are also able to perform effectively and efficiently.

The BSc Human Factors in Safety (BHFSY) programme covers key knowledge and skills in both the Human Factors discipline and Workplace Safety and Health (WSH). You will be equipped with knowledge on the variability of human characteristics (age, size, strength, sensory and cognitive ability, prior experience, expectations and goals, etc.) and the complexities of technologies and work processes, and organisational contexts. You will learn how to analyse and control Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) hazards, understand various safety and risk management systems, perform and report on WSH audit and investigate workplace accidents. You will also be armed with knowledge on how to evaluate and design or redesign equipment, workplaces, environments and systems to improve safety, health, performance and satisfaction using human factors principles and methodology.

You may pursue Human Factors in Safety as a single subject or in combination with a minor in Military Studies.

Unique Features of the Programme

  • Distinctive Workplace Safety and Health programme with strong focus on Human Factors.
  • Unique programme that combines both Human Factors and Safety courses.
  • Rigorous curriculum governed by strong internal and external quality assurance.
  • Earn SDU points for WSH Officers and CPD points for FSMs.
  • Prepares you for an exciting and rewarding career in Human Factors and WSH.
  • Flexible curriculum designed for working adults.

Accreditation & Recognition

  • Recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower for WSH Officer registration.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK.

Financial Assistance

There are also various types of financial aid available to students who need financial assistance. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete a total of 130 credit units (cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS Core courses and 10 cu of General Elective courses, which are courses offered under the General Studies Programme (course pre-requisites apply). All courses are 5 cu unless stated otherwise.

The curriculum is structured such that:

  • Level 1 courses consist of foundational courses such as Human Factors & Systems Design, and Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Level 1 also covers fundamental courses to allow students to have a better understanding of human psychology such as Cognition and Information Processing.
  • Level 2 courses train students to apply what is learnt at level 1 to the design and evaluation of tools, workplaces, environment and system. Some safety courses such as Behavioural Based Safety and Emergency & Response Planning are also introduced at this level. Human Factors specialists must also be equipped with knowledge on how to collect and analyse data, and these are covered in the courses such as Statistical Methods & Inference and Human Factors Methods.
  • Level 3 courses cover advanced topics such as Cognitive Systems Engineering and Safety, Risk & Resilience Engineering. Students are also trained, not just in the how but also the whys of safety and risk management as well as accident and incident investigations.
  • Created for individuals looking to join the WSH workforce to play a role in raising the work safety standards in Singapore, as well as WSH professionals wanting to further upgrade their knowledge and skills in WSH and in Human Factors (HF).
  • Suitable for safety professionals currently working in industries that require them to be involved in ensuring TOTAL WSH - Workers' Safety and Health - but have little or no human factors engineering or ergonomics knowledge.
  • Catered to those who want to know how to apply HF principles to design products, systems and services to improve usability and user experience.
  • Will be of great interest to those who are simply keen to learn more about people – e.g., how we process information and make decisions, why we make mistakes or what motivates us, etc. - and are looking for practical applications for such knowledge.

Singapore aims to reduce workplace fatality rate to less than 1.0 per 100,000 workers by 2028. In order to achieve this target, it is important that all stakeholders in the workplace play a role in keeping the workplace safe and healthy for all workers and build a strong safety culture. It is important that companies adopt a strong professional stance in the management of the health and safety of their workers through knowledge development, upgrading and training of their safety professionals.

This programme prepares graduates to join the safety workforce with a unique perspective that is grounded on a strong appreciation of human factors and equips them with the essential skills to better manage safety and health challenges that help Singapore realise Vision Zero – every workplace accident and injury is preventable.

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