Safety Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The Master of Safety Engineering at the KU Leuven 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 Safety Engineering programme at the KU Leuven 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.

What is the Master of Safety Engineering about? 

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. 

Career perspectives

In many countries, there is a permanent and growing need for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at the academic level in the field of safety engineering and safety management. This is due to the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the growing number of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme find employment in small national and large multinational industrial companies at home and abroad or are employed in private and/or governmental organisations. Such organisations need experts with the ability to conduct research, carry out analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of safety.

Moreover, in some countries (including Belgium), companies beyond a certain size dealing with specific risks are required by law to hire or even employ a certified prevention advisor. This certification can be acquired through the Prevention option of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering.

Career perspectives:

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 competencies to perform or coordinate a scientifically sound analysis of safety-related problems and their solutions within the governing boundary conditions (legal, organisational, technical, environmental, etc.).
The Safety Engineering programme is offered at KU Leuven.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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
For more info please visit the program website.


The Master of Safety Engineering meets this existing need and growing demand for safety experts coming from society and industry. To this end, the programme offers a university-level education that gives the participants a broad overview and a scientifically based understanding of professional expertise in the many and different domains of safety specialisation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Qualification requirements:
  • Holders of an academic Master degree in Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry), a Master degree in Engineering Science (including Architecture)
  • Others may be admitted based on a review of their academic curriculum and professional experience.
  • Language requirements (non KU Leuven-students)
  • 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).

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            6000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            6000 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
          Participants who are not active professionally and are applying no later than two years after obtaining a Master degree, pay a reduced tuition fee of €1750.

          Living costs for Leuven

          • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
            Living Costs

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