The four-semester master's programme 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.
Safety and Security Managers are in demand
Companies and public authorities increasingly depend on the expertise of safety and security managers to recognise the risks that may arise as a result of malicious attacks or accidental incidents in order to develop and establish measures to safeguard against them, but also to safely manage crises and emergencies in the event of an actual incident. Our increased dependence on technology – not least due to advancing digitalisation – the rising incidence of natural disasters and the constantly changing dangers posed by terrorism and other forms of criminal activity require holistic security systems that include both safety and security measures. In line with this holistic understanding of security, students in this interdisciplinary, consecutive master's programme learn to safeguard the security of an organisation or a socio-technical system with regard to both insider and outsider threats, whether intentional or unintentional.
Why choose this programm
Hand-in-hand with real-worls practiceThe course content is taught in close cooperation with government bodies and emergency response organisations.
Closely meshed research and teachingThe strong ties between the Institute for Safety and Security Studies (ISaSS) and the study programme allow students to be involved in the latest research projects on a continuous basis.
Prospects for graduates
Activities, research and professional profile
Students who have completed the master's programme often later work
- as safety managers in industrial companies
- in public administration institutions
- in companies in the field of occupational health and safety
- in safety management at logistics companies
- in media and public relations work
Facts about the study programme
Degree of StudiesMaster of Science
Study FormFull-time study
Term of Admissionadmission-free
Term of AdmissionWinter and Summer semester
Main Course LanguageGerman
Standard Period of Study4 Semester
Unlock your potential
The standard length of study for the consecutive master's programme is four semesters. The study programme is designed as a full-time, face-to-face programme, but it can also be studied part-time alongside employment. The first semester of the programme focuses on the fundamentals of safety and security management. In the second semester, students delve more deeply into content concerning risk analysis and assessment, the mathematical methods of risk analysis and emergency management in companies. In the third semester, the knowledge acquired is applied in practice. The programme concludes with a professional practice phase and completion of the master's thesisin the fourth semester. The study content is taught through lectures, group and project work, a professional practice phase and, if possible, a practice-based final thesis. The lectures and seminars are flanked by in-depth case studies and exercises on crisis and emergency management as well as case studies on risk communication.
Admission and application
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Integrated Safety and Security Management