M.Sc. Safety Engineering (Adv.)

KU Leuven - University of Leuven | Leuven, Belgium
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.

Description of Safety Engineering (Adv.)

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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:

  • Process Safety
  • Prevention.

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 5600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5600 Year (EEA)

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.

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

After finishing this advanced Master's programme, the student should:

  • have a broadly based knowledge of the different scientific disciplines that are needed to study and analyse the diverse technical and non-technical issues related to safety technology, risk management and loss prevention.
  • have acquired the capabilities and competences to perform or co-ordinate a scientifically sound analysis of safety related problems and their solutions within the governing boundary conditions (legal, organisational, technical, environmental, etc.).

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.
At the same time, our modern society is being confronted with safety-related problems in many different areas, such as traffic and transport, logistics, environment and consumer products. Moreover, there are a growing number of rules and regulations at the European level with respect to health and safety issues.
The Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme teaches participants how to apply their knowledge and skills in order to improve and realise safety in the above-mentioned areas.

Requirements for Safety Engineering (Adv.)

Qualification requirements

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

Language requirements

  • Candidates should have a good oral and written command of English, and (except for native speakers) are required to demonstrate their proficiency when applying to the programme (e.g. by way of an informal interview, or more formally by submitting results of a recognised English language test such as TOEFL (PB 550, CB 213, IB 80), IELTS (6.5) or other equivalent).
  • Candidates choosing the option 'Prevention' are required to have a good knowledge of oral and written Dutch.

Work Experience for Safety Engineering (Adv.)

No work experience is required.

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