Risk and Safety Management, Master

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During the Master’s programme in Risk and Safety Management, you will work with engineering subjects such as probability calculation, risk assessment analysis, simulation, management of emergency situations and safety and health at workplaces.

The teaching combines lectures and project work. On semester 1 and 2, you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing a semester project. Each semester has an overall theme and within this theme, you conduct a semester project with your project group, where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within your field of study.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.



1st semester is about the legislation that construction projects are subject to, and the different industry standards that are in force in the given area. Through the project work, you will investigate how the different statutory requirements have influence on the projects, including the possibilities and restrictions they cause.


  • Systems Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Applied Statistics and Probability Theory (5 ECTS)
  • Risk Analysis (5 ECTS)


  • Industry Standards and Legislation (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Drone transportation in the offshore wind turbine industry
  • Potential use of drones for fire emergencies
  • Unmanned aircraft system state of art for package delivery beyond visual line of sight
  • Occupational health and safety within the offshore wind turbine industry
  • Reducing risk of transporting wind turbines by changing legislation
  • An analysis of the legislation and risk analysis standards
  • Improvement of near-miss incident reporting in the offshore oil and gas industry


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 is 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.


  • Risk Management (5 ECTS)
  • Decision Making (5 ECTS)


  • Risk Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Maintenance Management (5 ECTS)
  • Integration of Risk, Resilience and Sustainability (5 ECTS)


  • Risk Analysis and Management ( ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Implementing Emergency UAVs in the Danish Society: An assessment of influential stakeholders, future risk communication efforts and the UAV as an alternative tool in the Danish Fire Brigade
  • Stakeholder uncertainties and the smart grid
  • The Danish Defense - identifying and mitigating the risk associated with the HBU at the shooting range: Analysis of safety at the shooting range
  • Risk analysis and management of a high altitude wind energy concept
  • Risk management during the installation of offshore wind turbines
  • A risk perspective on the Elliott Wave Principle
  • Safety of personnel transportation in the offshore wind industry


During the 3rd semester, you will work with the operative part of risk management in connection to construction projects. In the project you and your project group will investigate how you can use risk management to prevent and handle the emergencies that can occur when carrying out a project.


  • Simulation of Emergencies (5 ECTS)
  • Emergency Management (5 ECTS)
  • Electives (5 ECTS): Risk and Reliability in Engineering / Health and Safety Management


  • Operational Risk Management in Projects (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Emergency management improvement for Fredericia Maskinmesterskole Esbjerg in the event of fire: Preparedness for Emergency Management Based on Simulation
  • Evacuation of passenger trains in tunnels without radio coverage
  • Modelling and assessing an emergency evacuation at AAU-E: Simulated evacuation of building B
  • Evacuation of a hospital in an emergency
  • Fire or explosion emergency management
  • The effective emergency management for the logistics operation of dangerous goods in China
  • The risks of transporting ethanol by tank truck


On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Emergency management assessment for Esbjerg Municipality
  • Incorporation of drones into fire and rescue service for a robust emergency response
  • Port risk assessment concerning safety of marine operations
  • Simulation of emergency
  • Risks and opportunities for developing an offshore floating wind turbine


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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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