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Master of Safety Engineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Leuven
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

Master of Safety Engineering

The Master of Safety Engineering meets the existing needs and growing demands for safety experts coming from society and industry. The programme 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.

The Master of 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. 

Programme outline

The Master of Safety Engineering comprises atotal of 60 credits. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (23 credits) that are taken up by every student. This party contains courses with themes that are of interest to every safety professional, irrespective of the specialisation option. All courses 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.

After a general introduction to safety engineering, prevention policy and safety management systems are treated. Safety of products, processes and installations are discussed next and qualitative risk analysis techniques, fire and explosion safety complete this section.

Furthermore, students choose between one of two available options (22 credits each):

  • Option Process Safety

Provides students with a detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant from concept to design, construction and operation to decommissioning. Safety concepts of representative operational units are presented in a series of case studies. Examples of required safety oriented competences in industrial operations are also discussed. It is shown how risk evaluations and estimates based on qualitative and quantitative methods are performed.

  • Option Prevention

Focuses on occupational safety and health-related issues. The compulsory courses in this option also discuss non-technical aspects concerning safety. This option is mainly of interest to candidates who want to obtain the Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1.

In turn, each option contains a number of compulsory courses (16 credits) and elective courses (6 credits). 

Each student also needs to choose elective courses either from a short indicative list, or from any Master’s programme within the Group of Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Finally, students have to complete a Master’s thesis of 15 credits, which represents an effort that is consistent with a programme of 60 credits in total.

The programme can be completed normally in one-year on a full-time basis. However, to facilitate the participation of working professionals, it can also be followed on a two year part-time basis.

Strenghts

  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Synergy and cooperation with industrial stakeholders. This interaction is present at several levels. The Option Process Safety was introduced as a response to a request and need from industry. The Option Prevention gives access to the legal certificate of prevention adviser in Belgium. External guest speakers from industry are invited to give seminar talks, company visits are organised for the students and several Master’s theses are undertaken together with an industrial partner. Financial support is available via sponsoring by Essenscia or the Chair Safety Engineering.
  • The scheduling of lecturers and seminars is adapted in such a way that the participation of working professionals from industry or government institutes is highly facilitated. Also the mixture of fresh graduates and professionals in the same class room gives rise to mutually beneficial interactions.
  • Graduates have no problem whatsoever in finding a suitable job. Next to the job opportunities already available to them, the Master of Safety Engineering diploma opens up extra job possibilities for our graduates.

International experience

You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Faculty: eng.kuleuven.be/en/study/student-portal

Tuition fees

The current tuition fee is €6,000. The tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2020. Please consult the website for the most recent information: kuleuven.be/tuitionfees.

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 €1,750.

Master Mind 

Excellent students who are eligible for a Master Mind Scholarship are invited to submit their application before 1 February.

Accommodation

Leuven offers a wide range of housing opportunities at reasonable prices. Most students choose to rent a room (‘kot’ in Dutch) in a privately-owned student house with shared common spaces and facilities. If you need any help with this, the KU Leuven Housing Service can offer some assistance. The university owns and manages a number of student residences and a limited number of rooms in these residences is reserved for international students with specific scholarships.

About school

KU Leuven

KU Leuven

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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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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