Master of Science in Risk Analysis

Become a risk expert at a time when terrorism, pandemics, climate change and complex technological risks are some of the challenges facing society. With a master’s degree in Risk Analysis, you can analyse, assess, communicate, manage and govern all types of risk.

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About the programme
Duration

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

English

ECTS credits

120

Start of studies

August every year

See why you should study Risk Analysis at UiS.

About

Society is in a rapid development where conflicts, climate change, diseases and increasing energy needs put pressure on the world’s resources - and create new risk and safety challenges. Change and sustainable development of society is necessary. Working life needs good candidates who can contribute with high competence in risk.  

The study programme in Risk Analysis gives you a unique competence in understanding and relating to risk, including risk assessment, risk perception, risk communication, risk management and risk governance, policy related to risk, and risk science. Key topics related to safety, security and resilience are also covered, as well as topics related to emergency preparedness and crisis management. The study programme has an international profile with admission of international students and with all the courses in the program being taught in English.  

The programme is suitable for you with an ability to think analytically and who are interested in achieving an advanced understanding of risk – of what creates risk and how to achieve safety.  

The study programme has two specialisations:

  • The specialisation in Risk Governance is relevant for students with different types of backgrounds. This specialisation emphasises risk governance and how risks are handled in society. The specialisation covers different perspectives on risk and society, together with different types of research methods and management approaches.  
  • The specialisation in Engineering and Technology is open to students with an engineering background. This specialisation emphasises risk assessment and risk management. The specialisation has a technical profile and covers topics such as probability calculation and statistics, reliability analysis and technical safety. 

Career prospects

The study programme in Risk Analysis gives advanced knowledge in fundamental topics within risk science. This is an attractive competence both in working life and in research. The study programme qualifies for several different types of positions in both the private and public sector, for example:

Risk analyst, advisor or consultant: Risk analysis is today in extensive use in both the private sector, for example, in the petroleum and energy industries, banking and finance, and the ICT industry; and in the public sector, for example, in health care, in urban and regional planning, and the planning and operation of public infrastructure. Risk analysis is also being used in an ever-increasing number of industries and sectors. This creates a need for candidates with strong risk analysis competence who can ensure proper assessment, characterisation, communication, management, and governance of risk. The study programme provides the necessary broad and general competence to work as a risk analyst, advisor or consultant in different sectors.

Manager: An important management task is to make decisions under uncertainty about future consequences, i.e., when faced with risk. Risk assessments constitute an important basis for decision-making in such situations. A high level of competence is then required in understanding and interpreting the results of risk assessments and in conducting risk evaluations. Furthermore, a high level of competence is needed in communicating risk and in understanding how risk is often perceived differently by lay people compared with in professional risk assessments. Finally, there is a need for high competence in risk management and governance, and in the formulation of risk policies to ensure acceptable risk.

Researcher: As a risk researcher, there are many opportunities to contribute to the development and expansion of various parts of the research front. Key fundamental questions studied in risk science are: How to understand risk and uncertainty? How to express risk and uncertainty? How to determine what is acceptable risk? UiS has a Ph.D. programme (doctorate program) in risk management and societal safety that offers research training in risk science.

A completed master’s degree in Risk Analysis with a grade point average of at least B and a minimum grade of B on the master’s thesis can qualify for admission to the PhD programme in science and technology with specialisation in risk management and societal safety at the University of Stavanger.

Study plan and courses

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  • Compulsory courses

    • Foundations of Risk Analysis and Risk Science

      Year 1, semester 1

      Foundations of Risk Analysis and Risk Science (RIS505)

      Study points: 10

    • Theories of Risk Perception and Risk Governance

      Year 1, semester 1

      Theories of Risk Perception and Risk Governance (RIS515)

      Study points: 10

    • Risk Assessment, Economic Evaluation and Decisions

      Year 1, semester 2

      Risk Assessment, Economic Evaluation and Decisions (RIS525)

      Study points: 10

    • Risk Management, Communication and Policy

      Year 1, semester 2

      Risk Management, Communication and Policy (RIS630)

      Study points: 10

    • Master's Thesis in Risk Analysis

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master's Thesis in Risk Analysis (RISMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • Specializations

    • Risk Governance

      • Risk Governance - Compulsory courses

        • Risk, Society and Ethics

          Year 1, semester 1

          Risk, Society and Ethics (SAM525)

          Study points: 10

        • Research Methods in Risk, Safety, and Security Studies

          Year 1, semester 2

          Research Methods in Risk, Safety, and Security Studies (RIS660)

          Study points: 10

      • Courses at UiS or exchange 3rd semester

        • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

          • Recommended electives 3rd semester

          • Other electives 3rd semester

            • Decisionmaking in Emergencies

              Year 2, semester 3

              Decisionmaking in Emergencies (SAM530)

              Study points: 10

            • Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

              Year 2, semester 3

              Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development (SAM550)

              Study points: 10

            • Accident Investigation

              Year 2, semester 3

              Accident Investigation (SAM600)

              Study points: 10

        • Exchange at Lund University, Sweden

        • Exchange at University of Trento, Italy

        • More options

    • Engineering and Technology

Academic requirements

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Risk Governance

A bachelor's degree within Urban Planning and Societal Safety, Customs and Border Management, 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 education
  • Journalism
  • History and philosophy of science

Admission requirements for the specialisation in Engineering and Technology

A bachelor's degree in engineering, technology, mathematics (including statistics), natural sciences or equivalent is required. Applicants must have at least 20 ECTS credits in mathematics/statistics/calculus. At least 5 ECTS credits must be statistics.

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. Applicants with a result Second-class lower Division or lower are not qualified for admission.

Supplementary rules for admission (PDF).

Application and admission

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

Schedule for the exchange

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's programme in Risk Analysis.

This semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of electives. During the exchange semester you can choose courses similar the master program specialisation. The courses you want to take abroad must be approved by the department. It is important that the courses from abroad not overlap with courses you have already taken. Some advice is to think about your specialisation and your field of interest.

Recommended institutions:

Specialisation: Risk Governance

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Trento, Italy
  • Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon

Specialisation: Engineering and Technology

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • INSA Toulouse, France

More opportunities

In addition to the recommended universities listed above, The University of Stavanger has several agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at The University of Stavanger, provided that they find a relevant course offering. Within the Nordic region and the Baltics, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks.

Find out more.

Contact your Study Adviser at the Faculty if you have questions about guidance and pre-approval of courses.

Sabrina Ebenhoch

General questions about exchange:

Go to the exchange guide in the Digital student service desk

Student exchange

  • All countries

    Catholic University of Portugal

    Benytt muligheten til å studere ved ett av de beste universitetene i Lisboa, Portugal.

    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!

    INSA Toulouse

    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.

    Teknisk högskola Lund

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

    University of Bologna

    The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in Italy. 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!

  • Frankrike

    INSA Toulouse

    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!

  • Italia

    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 Italy. 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!

  • Nederland

    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!

  • Portugal

    Catholic University of Portugal

    Benytt muligheten til å studere ved ett av de beste universitetene i Lisboa, Portugal.

  • Sverige

    Teknisk högskola Lund

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

Student Life

Meet Master student Mohaimin Khan from Bangladesh.

Frequently asked 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.

Is it possible to apply for leave from studies?

Yes, it is entirely possible to apply for leave from studies.

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

The program is set up for exchange in the 3rd semester.

Is there a student union related to this study programme?

Yes, read about the student union fRisk.

Contact

Higher Executive Officer
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Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty Administration TN
Kontor for utdanningsadministrative tjenester
Professor
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Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Safety, Economics and Planning