18 April 2016
The first three students just graduated from AAU in Esbjerg, Denmark and can now call themselves Master in Science in Technology in Risk and Safety Management. There is a great demand for these skills.
There will be a rise in the numbers of employees within risk and safety management in the future. According to The University of Aalborg, a recent market survey among companies in offshore wind, offshore oil & gas and other industries such as transportation and civil engineering, 94% of the respondents answered that they were expecting a rise in the number of employees within the field. This makes the new Master degree within risk and safety management more relevant than ever.
“On the basis of the demand from the industry and the politicians, Aalborg University (AAU) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) have jointly developed the Master’s Degree together,” explains Dewan Ahsan.
As an Assistant Professor at The Danish Centre for Risk and Safety Management (RISK) at University of Southern Denmark (SDU) he is responsible for the new education which is carried out in English at the campus in Esbjerg, Denmark. RISK is a cross-disciplinary research centre that focuses on carrying out research and providing education in the field of risk and safety management.
“In many cases risk and safety is handled with a gut feeling and in a learning-by-doing-manner. The objective with the education is to teach the students to get analytic approach - to identify critical situations and to work out plan for managing them,” the assistant professor adds.
Theory and practical knowledge
This implies among others learning about data collection, about the social conditions that exists in connection with risk regulation and management and fundamental probability calculation. There is a blend between theory and practical knowledge.
“During the two years’ study the students also need to work with real cases within different industries such as the offshore wind, offshore oil & gas, the aviation, transportation etc. They work with real scenarios and analyse each incident to find out why it happened and come up with solutions as to how it could have been prevented. They will also gather knowledge how to manage natural and manmade emergency situations.” explains Dewan Ahsan.
Even though the education is new, it has already attracted students from all over the world. In 2015, the university welcomed 25 new students from different continents.
“About 60 % of the students come from abroad, from China, Japan, Venezuela, Pakistan, Italy, France, Africa, Lithuania whereas the last 40 % are Danish,” says Dewan Ahsan.
When the students graduate they have job opportunities around the world, for example as risk managers and analysts, as work environment coordinators, project managers within the various industries and public sectors.
Read more about the education at: www.en.aau.dk/education/master/risk-safety-management
Facts about the Master in Science in Technology in Risk and Safety Management
- 1st semester: System engineering, applied statistics and probability theory, risk analysis, industry standards and legislation.
- 2nd semester: Risk management, decision making, risk communication or maintenance management, risk analysis and management.
- 3rd semester: Simulation of emergencies, emergency management, risk and reliability in engineering and health or health and safety management, operational risk management in projects.
- 4th semester: Final academic thesis.
Each semester gives 30 ECTS