The Master in Safety Engineering 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. You'll obtain detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant, and risk evaluations based on qualitative and quantitative methods.
The Master of Safety Engineering is an advanced academic programme comprising a total of 60 ECTS. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (23 ECTS) and a group of option-based courses (22 ECTS each).
The participant selects one of two options:
Each option contains a number of compulsory courses (16 ECTS) and elective courses (6 ECTS). In addition, students complete a Master's thesis (15 ECTS).
The entire programme can be completed in one year of full-time study. However, to facilitate the participation of active professionals, the programme can also be followed on a two-year, part-time basis. To accommodate these participants, lectures are held during the academic year on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning.
Participants interested in the mainly technical aspects of safety are encouraged to select the Process Safety option, which is geared towards the study of safe and reliable plant operation. Courses for this option are taught exclusively in English, opening it up to an international audience.
The Prevention option includes non-technical aspects and routinely refers to the local Belgian context. This option leads to the "Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1" as defined by Belgian law. Part of the teaching for this option will be in Dutch.
Participants who are not active professionally and are applying to the programme no later than two years after obtaining a Master degree, pay a reduced tuition fee of 1400 Euro.
After finishing this advanced Master's programme, the student should:
To carry out the programme's objectives, teaching activities consist of a combination of classroom lectures, practically oriented seminars and site visits. The instructors themselves come from the academic world both inside and outside K.U.Leuven, or have been recruited from reputable industrial companies because of their long-standing expertise and willingness to contribute to teaching and training.Considering the many different aspects related to safety, quality, reliability, efficiency, technical and regulatory constraints, correct management of industrial process operations is becoming increasingly complex.
No work experience is required.
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