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Master of Safety Engineering

KU Leuven
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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Application deadline: 1 March (for non-EEA citizens), 1 June (for EEA citizens and non-EEA citizens)

About this program

Master of Safety Engineering

The Master in Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. The program 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.

This advanced master elevates your knowledge on a broad range of safety aspects and techniques. Many courses are taught by safety experts from industry. Moreover, theory is complemented by practical illustrations and cases from industry during classes and company visits.

Safety is a permanent point of attention in the chemical, life science and process industries. Taking care of the health of employees, the safety of industrial processes, and the protection of the environment requires broad knowledge and expertise from safety experts in the field. This includes mastering techniques for the assessment and control of risks, the protection of process installations, knowledge on explosion safety, an understanding of occupational safety and the impact of human factors, etc. However, many engineering graduates are only confronted with the importance of safety issues when they start to work as a professional, as many educational (engineering) program teach the subject either minimally or not at all.

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Admission requirements

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. There are two ways to be admitted to the program:

Direct admission, on the basis of a relevant degree obtained in the Flemish Community. You can check the list of relevant program here.

After an admission process, which is meant for students that obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community. They have to meet the conditions below.

All applications from students who have obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community are evaluated by both KU Leuven Admissions Office and the relevant master’s program director. Final admission decisions will made be at the discretion of the Faculty.

Applicants enrolling for the first time at KU Leuven prove their English language proficiency by means of an

  • IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English Exam (CAE).
  • The minimum score required for IELTS is 7 (with no subscore under 6.5).
  • For the TOEFL internet-based test the minimum score is 94 (with no subscore under 22).
  • The minimum score required for the Cambridge English Exam (CAE) is 185 (with no subscore under 176).

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content


  • Explosion Safety
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis Techniques
  • Safety of Chemical and Biological Products and of Chemical Processes
  • Safety Aspects of Industrial Installations
  • Prevention Policy and Safety Management Systems

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English.


Tuition fees: €2000


Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

You are prepared to function professionally as a safety officer in a work environment, particularly in those settings where technicalindustrial knowledge is essential. You find employment in small national and large multinational industrial companies in Europe and further afield. You may also be employed in private and/or governmental organisations that conduct research, carry out analyses, perform inspections and provide monitoring and certification in the broad field of safety.

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

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3000 Leuven

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