About the Master Program

Security managers are needed

The ability of security managers to recognize dangers that may come from deliberate attacks or unintentional events and the skills to develop and establish measures to defend against them are just as much needed in companies and public authorities as the ability to manage crises and emergencies. Increased technical dependencies, which have arisen not least as a result of advancing digitization, increasing natural disasters and the constantly changing dangers posed by terrorism or other forms of criminal activity require holistic security systems that emphasize both safety and security measures. In line with such a holistic understanding of security and safety, students in this interdisciplinary, consecutive master's program learn to protect the security of an organization or a socio-technical system with regard to unintentional and intentional events.


Target group

This master program is especially suitable for bachelor graduates in the fields of:

  • Risk management
  • Rescue engineering
  • Safety management
  • Safety engineering
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Civil protection and federal armed forces
  • Public administration (police officers and firefighters)

The program is also suitable for graduates who have completed a bachelor's degree in one of the following subjects and have a particular interest in specializing in security-related aspects:


  • Business Administration (if interested in business continuity management, emergency and crisis management, and risk communication)
  • Transportation and Logistics (if interested in logistics chain security and hazardous materials science)
  • Cruise Tourism Management (if interested in Maritime Security or Seaport Terminal Security)

Perspectives for graduates

Students who have completed the master's program often work

  • as safety managers in industrial companies
  • in public administration institutions
  • in companies in the field of occupational safety
  • in safety management in logistics companies
  • in media and public relations

Ideal structure of the master program

The four-semester master's program has a modular structure and consists of ten compulsory modules and three elective modules in the first three semesters. In addition, there is a practical phase and the completion of the master's thesis in the fourth semester.


The courses of the first semester deal with:

  • Hazard identification
  • Safety management in social systems
  • Legal basics in the field of safety management
  • Dangerous goods and hazardous substances

The second semester deals with:

  • Vulnerability of processes and facilities
  • Risk analysis and assessment
  • Emergency management
  • Psychological basics

The courses of the third semester deal with:

  • Crisis management
  • Public relations and risk communication (internal and external risk communication)

The lectures and seminars are accompanied by in-depth case studies on crisis management in companies and case studies on risk communication.


Practical Orientation

The ISSM master degree guarantees practical relevance. The contents of the program are taught in close cooperation with emergency response authorities and organizations. In this context, close cooperation is maintained with the Bremerhaven Fire Department, the Bremerhaven Police Department and the Havariekommando in Cuxhaven. The curriculum also includes crisis management exercises in industrial companies, which are regularly carried out with Dow and DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.