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Risk and Safety Management

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Risk and Safety Management is a two-year Master’s programme which gives you 120 ECTS credits.

During the programme, you will work with engineering subjects within risk and safety management. Among other things, you will work with probability calculation, risk assessment analysis, simulation, and management of emergency situations and safety and health at workplaces. 

Each semester consists of a number of courses and a project. In the projects, you will go into depth with complex and often interdisciplinary problems. Usually, the projects are carried out in close collaboration with companies within different sectors such as offshore, energy, transportation, and structural and civil engineering.

The study programme is structured as outlined below.

1st semester

1st semester is about the legislation the project is subject to, and the different industry standards that are in force in the given area. Through the project work, you will work with how the different statutory requirements have influence on the project, including the possibilities and restrictions they cause. Moreover, you follow courses in applied statistics and probability theory, risk assessment, and systems engineering.

Semester structure

  • Systems Engineering (5 ECTS course)
  • Applied Statistics and Probability Theory (5 ECTS course)
  • Risk Analysis (5 ECTS course)
  • Industry Standards and Legislation (15 ECTS project)

2nd semester

During the 2nd semester, you work with analysis of risk and safety management. Through the courses, you learn about risk management and decision-making. In addition to that, there is an opportunity to choose courses in maintenance planning and risk communication. The content of the courses are integrated into the project work. For instance, based on risk analysis, you can work with how you outline and choose between alternatives to a current solution.

Semester structure

  • Risk Mangement (5 ECTS course)
  • Decision Making (5 ECTS course)
  • Choose between Risk Communication and Maintenance Management (5 ECTS courses) 
  • Risk Analysis and Management (15 ECTS project)

3rd semester

During the 3rd semester, the operative part of risk management in connection with projects will be in focus. Through the project work, you will work with how you can use risk management to prevent and handle
the emergencies that can occur in connection with carrying out a project. Besides that, you also follow courses within simulation and handling of emergency situations. Additionally, you have the opportunity to choose between the courses Risk and Safety of Constructions and Health and Safety Management.

Semester structure

  • Simulation of Emergencies (5 ECTS course)
  • Emergency Management (5 ECTS course)
  • Choose between Risk and Reliability in Engineering and Health and Safety Management (5 ECTS courses)
  • Operational Risk Management in Projects (15 ECTS project)

4th semester

You will finish the study programme with a final academic thesis – the Master’s thesis. This project is larger than the projects you have carried out so far. When carrying out the thesis, you have the opportunity to combine all the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the study programme. The Master’s thesis can be in nature of industrial development, further development of a project, or actual research.

  • Master's thesis (30 ECTS)

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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