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Master in Risk Analysis

Become a highly qualified risk expert, with strong competence in risk science, risk assessment, risk perception, risk communication, risk management, risk governance and policy.

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Duration

2 years/4 semesters

Number of study places

25 for local applicants 26 for international applicants

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Study start

August every year

No tuition fees

See why you should study Risk Analysis at UiS.

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You will be an expert that can support risk knowledge generation for all types of issues and help treating current and emerging risk problems facing societies today, such as terrorism, pandemics, complex technological risks and climate change.

New perspectives 

There is an increasing focus on risk, safety and security issues in society today, and the challenges are many. However, current Risk Analysis and governance practice suffer from severe weaknesses and there is an urgent need for improvements. New ideas and perspectives on Risk analysis and governance are required. The study programme highlights such ideas and perspectives and aims at contributing to strengthen the scientific basis for the risk field and science, including relevant safety and security issues. A Master of Risk Analysis from the University of Stavanger will give you advanced knowledge in the fundamentals of risk analysis; attractive competencies either you are looking for future work as a risk scientist, or a risk practitioner or manager.

The programme opens up for positions in both private and the public sector.

The Master of Risk Analysis builds on concepts and ideas developed by the Society for risk analysis over the last 40 years. ‘Risk Analysis’ is used in a broad sense to include risk assessment, risk characterisation, risk perception, risk communication, risk management and policy relating to risk, in the context of risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at a local, national, and global level.

The programme includes subjects covering all aspects of risk as highlighted above. Key aspects of safety, security and resilience are covered, as well as topics linked to emergency preparedness and crisis management.

The programme has two specialisations:

  • Specialisation in Engineering Risk Analysis and Management
  • Specialisation in Risk Analysis and Governance

Read more about the study programme and specialisations.

As student in the Master of Risk Analysis programme at the University of Stavanger, you will become a member of one of the strongest scientific groups on risk worldwide, and be trained to be a risk expert by some of the leading professors in risk analysis and governance.

E-learning 

A modern teaching platform is adopted, with use of different types of e-learning.

Career prospects

Depending on the student’s background and on the profile created through selection of elective subjects, graduated candidates qualify for a range of different jobs. Both in industry as well as in public sector, there is generally a high demand for people with strong competence in risk assessment and risk management. Graduated candidates typically find work as analyst, advisors, consultants, or managers.

A completed master’s degree with a minimum average grade of B and a minimum grade of B on the master’s thesis may qualify for admission to the PhD programme in Science and Technology with specialisation in Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger.

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

After having completed the master’s programme in Risk Analysis, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills and general competences:

Knowledge

K1: The candidate has advanced knowledge within the academic field of risk science, related to concepts, theories, principles, approaches, methods and models for understanding, assessing, characterising, communicating, managing and governing risk, safety and security.

K2: The candidate can apply this knowledge to new types of problems and issues, in particular practical cases and problems in society, industry, business, etc.

Skills

S1: The candidate can plan and conduct analyses (interpreted in a wide sense) of risk, safety and security, using the above knowledge.

S2: The candidate can develop methods and models within Risk Analysis.

S3: The candidate can guide decision makers and other stakeholders on how to understand, assess, manage and govern risk, safety and security.

S4: The candidate can use relevant methods for research and scholarly work in an independent manner.

S5: The candidate can analyse and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.

S6: The candidate can evaluate critically principles, methods and models that are used within risk analysis.

S7: The candidate can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.

General Competence

G1: The candidate can analyse relevant risk, safety and security problems.

G2: The candidate is able to evaluate the applicability of different managerial tools and approaches relevant to risk analysis and examine the short- and long-term effects of different practices and solutions.

G3: The candidate can apply his/her knowledge and skills for tackling risk analysis issues.

G4: The candidate is familiar with - and can use - the current terminology of the field.

G5: The candidate can communicate about scientific issues within the field, both with

specialists and the general public.

G6: The candidate can contribute to new developments within the field.

Academic requirements

NB! The following admission requirements are now formally approved by the faculty for the academic year 2021/2022 :

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Risk Analysis and Governance

A minimum 3-year bachelor's degree or a similar type of degree of at least 3 years duration (180 ECTS). Degrees that qualify for admission include degrees in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics or statistics. Applicants with other types of educational background will be considered by the admission committee. Other study programmes that may meet the requirements for admission include:

  • Social studies
  • Health and social sciences
  • Business and administration
  • Hotel and tourism
  • Police education
  • Teacher training
  • Journalism
  • History and philosophy of science

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Engineering Risk Analysis and Management:

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Engineering Risk Analysis and Management

The admission requirement to enroll for the programme is a bachelor’s degree in engineering or similar with 30 ECTS points in mathematics/statistics.



Students with a 3-year bachelor’s degree in engineering according to the Norwegian National Curriculum Regulations for Engineering Education or equivalent (the degree must contain at least 25 ECTS of mathematics, at least 5 ECTS of statistics, and at least 7.5 ECTS of physics), may apply for the engineering specialisation and will thereby qualify the additional title “Master i teknologi/sivilingeniør”.

All applicants:

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Meet Ingrid, former student and now ph.d

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Meet risk engineer Daniel

Application and admission

How and when to apply?

Deadlines, English requirements, documentation requirements and more

Contact

For inquiries regarding admission to international Master's programmes, send an email to: admissions@uis.no

Study plan and courses
Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here
  • Compulsory courses

    • Foundations of risk analysis and risk science

      Year 1, semester 1

      Foundations of risk analysis and risk science

      Study points: 10

    • Risk, Society and Governance

      Year 1, semester 1

      Risk, Society and Governance

      Study points: 10

    • Risk assessment, economic evaluation and decisions

      Year 1, semester 2

      Risk assessment, economic evaluation and decisions

      Study points: 10

    • Risk Management, Communication and Policy

      Year 1, semester 2

      Risk Management, Communication and Policy

      Study points: 10

    • Master`s Thesis Risk Analysis and Governance

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master`s Thesis Risk Analysis and Governance

      Study points: 30

  • Specialization choice

    • Risk Analysis and Governance

      • Risk Analysis and Governance - Compulsory courses

        • Philosophy of Science and Research Methods

          Year 1, semester 1

          Philosophy of Science and Research Methods

          Study points: 10

        • Selected topics in risk management

          Year 1, semester 2

          Selected topics in risk management

          Study points: 10

      • Courses at UiS or exchange 3rd semester

    • Engineering Risk Analysis and Management

Frequently askeed questions

Is it possible to complete the study part-time, or as distance learning?

The program is set up as a full-time program, and there are many compulsory group-based assignments in almost all subjects. We therefore do not recommend taking the study as distance learning. As the study is a full-time study, it is not possible to get a part-time admission, but a student with admission to a 2-year master's degree has access as a student for three years and can therefore also distribute the courses / study over three years instead of two year.

I have previously passed courses at another educational institution. Can I get any of these subjects approved to a new degree?

Yes, it is possible to apply for approval of previously passed courses that are not part of the admission basis to a new degree. All information can be found here: https://student.uis.no/studiehverdag/godkjenning-og-innpass/

Is it possible to apply for leave from studies?

Yes, it is entirely possible to apply for leave from studies. You can find all information about leave here: https://student.uis.no/studiehverdag/endring-i-utdanningen/permisjon-fra-studiene/

Do I have the opportunity to start an exchange during my studies?

The program is set up for exchange in the 3rd semester. There is an overview of which study places it is possible to apply for an exchange to here: https://student.uis.no/utveksling/hvor-og-naar-kan-jeg-reise/

Do you have a line association associated with the study?

Yes, the line association for masters in risk management is called fRisk. Their information is available here.

Who can I contact if I have questions about my studies?

You can contact study coordinator Stine Thu Johannessen.

Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Applicants admitted to the programme are recommended to go on an exchange semester abroad as a part of their studies. UiS regards this exchange as a highly positive component of the programme which will increase your employability. Students should select from their study programme’s recommended universities.

The recommended semester for exchange is the 3rd semester. This semester has 30 ECTS elective courses. Courses taken abroad should not overlap with the courses you have already completed. We recommend that you also take into account your field of interest.

More opportunities

In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering.

Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nord Tek networks.

Contact your student adviser at the Faculty if you have questions about guidance and pre-approval of topics.

General questions about exchange:

International office, Kitty Kielland's house

utveksling@uis.no

 

Recommended institutions:

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Trentino, Italy
  • Delft University, The Netherlands
  • INSA Toulouse, France

 

 

Exchange semester

Semester 3

Exchange scheme

Applicants admitted to the program are recommended to go on an exchange semester abroad as a part of their studies. UiS regards this exchange as a highly positive component of the program which will increase your employability. Students should select from their study program’s recommended universities.

Recommended semester abroad is 3rd semester. This semester has 30 ECTS elective courses. These courses should not overlap with the courses you have already completed. We recommend that you also take into account your field of interest.



More possibilities

In addition to the recommended institutions listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe, which are open to all students at UiS who find a relevant course offer.

Within the Nordic countries, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks. Find out more.



Contact person

Guidance and pre-approval of courses:

Sabrina Ebenhoch



General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk 

 

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Student exchange
  • All countries

    Teknisk högskola Lund

    Lunds Universitet sin historie går tilbake til 1666, og det rangeres jevnlig blant verdens 100 beste universiteter.

    Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA)

    Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, also called INSA Toulouse, is located in beautiful Southern France; if you wish to combine cutting-edge science within engineering programs in a lively and multicultural city, apply!

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    University of Bologna

    The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature; it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. Apply and enjoy Italy´s fascinating and rich culture for one semester!

    University of Trento

    Bli Erasmus+-student i Italia – reis på utveksling til Trento!

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

  • Sweden

    Teknisk högskola Lund

    Lunds Universitet sin historie går tilbake til 1666, og det rangeres jevnlig blant verdens 100 beste universiteter.

  • France

    Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse (INSA)

    Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, also called INSA Toulouse, is located in beautiful Southern France; if you wish to combine cutting-edge science within engineering programs in a lively and multicultural city, apply!

  • Italy

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    University of Bologna

    The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature; it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. Apply and enjoy Italy´s fascinating and rich culture for one semester!

    University of Trento

    Bli Erasmus+-student i Italia – reis på utveksling til Trento!

  • Netherlands

    Delft University of Technology

    Delft University of Technology, også kjent som TU Delft, er regnet for å være blant verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet innen ingeniørfag og teknologi. Dette er en unik mulighet for deg som studerer ingeniørfag!

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Department of Safety, Economics and Planning

The department carries out research and offers study programmes at all levels within Risk management and societal safety, Industrial economics and City and regional planning.

Our goal is to be an internationally leading research environment in our chosen fields. The department has, over time, consistently been among Norway's most productive research communities, measured in publication points per scientific staff.

We have a research groups for City and regional planning and Risk management and societal safety.

The Department of Safety, Economics and Planning is responsible for a wide range of studies at all levels (see full list on our Norwegian page). Several Master studies are open to international applicants.

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Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Risk Analysis and Governance:

A minimum 3-year bachelor's degree or a similar type of degree of at least 3 years duration (180 ECTS). Degrees that qualify for admission include degrees in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics or statistics. Applicants with other types of educational background will be considered by the admission committee. Other study programmes that may meet the requirements for admission include: 

- Social studies 

- Health and social sciences 

- Business and administration 

- Hotel and tourism 

- Police education 

- Teacher training 

- Journalism 

- History and philosophy of science 

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Engineering Risk Analysis and Management:

The admission requirement to enroll for the programme is a bachelor’s degree in engineering or similar.

All applicants must have at least 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus.

All applicants:

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.