12 months
6000 EUR/year
6000 EUR/year
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The increasing awareness for health, safety and environment results in a growing number of rules and regulations at the European level. The Master of Safety Engineering at KU Leuven meets the existing need and growing demand for safety experts for society and industry. 

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The Master of Safety Engineering at KU Leuven teaches you on safety management systems, prevention policy, safety of products, processes and installations, risk evaluation methods, explosion safety, and offers specialisations on occupational safety (prevention) and on safety of industrial processes (process safety). You will obtain in-depth knowledge on technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant, and risk management including qualitative and quantitative risk evaluation methods. Further differentiation is being obtained in two options: process    safety and prevention. 


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.

In some countries, companies above a certain size dealing with specific risks are required by law to hire or even employ a certified prevention advisor. For Belgium, this certification can be acquired through the Prevention option of the Master of  Safety Engineering (Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1- Prevention Advisor Certificate Level 1).

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

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Holders of an academic Master degree in Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry), a Master degree in Engineering Science (including Architecture), a Master degree in Engineering Technology, a Master degree in Bioscience Engineering, or a Master degree in Nautical Sciences are admitted to the programme.
  • Others may be admitted based on a review of their academic curriculum and professional experience, but a minimum of a 4-year academic bachelor degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

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 1750 Euro.


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