University of Leuven

Safety Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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The Master in Safety Engineering from University of Leuven will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master of Safety Engineering from University of Leuven meets the existing needs and growing demands for safety experts coming from society and industry. The programme will prepare you to improve and realize safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety.

  • For more than 25 years, the Faculty of Engineering has offered an Advanced Master’s programme in Safety Engineering. This programme was intended to prepare participants for the role of safety officer in large industrial plants, as required by Belgian law. The teaching was accompanied by research activities in industrial safety. In order to meet changing industrial demands and to keep up with major new developments in the field of technical and occupational safety, KU Leuven and Essenscia (the Belgian umbrella organisation of companies that are active in the field of chemistry and life sciences) joined forces to review and renew the contents of the existing programme.
  • Started in 1975, it is one of the first academic safety technology programmes in Europe, and similar programmes are even now not very frequently available. Inside Belgium, the programme is unique in offering a technically oriented safety education. The educational programme and its graduates are highly respected by the industrial partners where job opportunities for safety engineers are available.
  • Safety engineering is a university-level programme developed on top of strong scientific basis (only students with a Master’s degree are admitted). Similar to other engineering programmes where a systems approach is followed, the students acquire a broad conceptual view and knowledge of the scientific disciplines needed for understanding the many different aspects of safety engineering.
  • University professors and professionals from industry each bring their expertise to the teaching of subject matter that is not only technical or of engineering nature, but also related to human factors and organisational aspects needed in the wider context of safety and prevention.
Career perspectives

In many countries, there is a permanent and growing need for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at the academic level in the field of safety engineering and safety management. This is due to the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the growing number of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme find employment in small national and large multinational industrial companies at home and abroad or are employed in private and/or governmental organisations. Such organisations need experts with the ability to conduct research, carry out analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of safety.

Programme Structure

The Master of Safety Engineering comprises a total of 60 credits. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (23 credits) that are taken up by every student. This party cointains courses with themes that are of interest to every safety professional, irrespective of the specialisation option. All course in this part are taught in English. This relatively large core part ensures that every student is given the same broad basic education about the specialised field of safety.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Qualification requirements- Holders of an academic Master degree in Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry), a Master degree in Engineering (including Architecture) or in Bioscience Engineering, or a Master degree in Nautical Sciences are admitted to the programme.- Others may be admitted based on a review of their academic curriculum and professional experience.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6000 International
  • EUR 6000 EU/EEA


Scholarship and funding opportunities



  • Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • AXA Research Fund



  • Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
  • Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
  • Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
  • FWO Research Funding
  • Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
  • Travelling allowances for teaching staff and professors in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
  • Specialisation grants for researchers from developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for short training programme ITP (developing countries)
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Master Programmes ICP (developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for ICP PhD students
  • Science without Borders Brasil (2012-2014)
  • Belgian bilateral cooperation grants for study and training for nationals of partner countries (Algeria - Benin - Bolivia - Burundi - DR Congo - Ecuador - Mali - Morocco -Mozambique - Niger - Palestinian Territory - Peru - Rwanda - Senegal -South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda - Vietnam)
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • Latin America Fund
  • EU-ALFA III (Latin-America)
  • EU-ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific)
  • EU-SARC (South Asia)
  • EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
  • EU - Central Asia
  • EU - ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)EU - Central Asia

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