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Excellent job prospects

With a master's in Risk, Reliability and Safety Engineering (MSc) graduates are qualified to fill demanding positions in companies, government authorities and organizations with safety and security functions, such as the fire services. The degree is also an excellent basis for a career as a self-employed service provider or appraiser, e.g. for insurance companies.

Areas of work could be: advising company management on all areas of safety and security; the development of prevention, fire protection and security plans; the development of management systems; and carrying out management functions.

What our graduates have to say

Because the Risk, Reliability and Safety Engineering master's programme started in summer semester 2018 there are not yet any graduates. However we expect that the career perspectives of our graduates will be just as good as those of the graduates of the previous "Security & Safety Engineering" programme.


Jochen Jeske

Jochen Jeske is a paramedic and a trained nurse with a bachelor's degree in Rescue Engineering.

He moved from Hamburg to Furtwangen to take his master's in "Security & Safety Engineering" and is happy that he did: "The Security part of the course complements my existing knowledge well," says Jochen who wants to go into event security planning in the future. What he also likes about the course is the short duration of 3 semesters and the personal support by the teaching staff.

His master's thesis deals with the DIN CEN/ TS 16850:2015 norm, a technical specification for security management in healthcare institutions. Based on the requirements of the specification, he has carried out a risk analysis for a hospital where he has also been working during his degree, and has produced a catalogue of recommendations.

Cathrin Nolte

As a member of the voluntary fire brigade, Cathrin Nolte is interested in the subject of fire prevention. She found out about the "Security & Safety Engineering" bachelor's programme through the career counselling at her school " It's a very broad-based programme which not only deals with workplace safety and fire prevention, but also with the human factor," says Cathrin Nolte. That's why the psychology content of the programme is especially interesting for her.

After graduating, Cathrin Nolte started her master's in "Security & Safety Engineering" in 2016. She particularly likes the fact that the programme teaches methods which can be applied in all areas of work. "It is also an advantage that I took the additional "Fire Prevention specialist" qualification," says Cathrin. She is not yet sure exactly what area she would like to work in, but can imagine working in disaster management or crisis management.

Christian Schweißgut

Christian Schweißgut was a regular in the army. After serving his time in the military, he decided to take a bachelor's in "Security and Safety" at Furtwangen University because he was particularly interested in organizational security. Now he is doing his master's at Furtwangen, too. "The master's programme is a good way to study the subject in more depth," says Schweißgut. He found the small class sizes and the support from the teaching staff in both programmes especially good. "You could always speak to the professors."

Christian Schweißgut's masters thesis deals with the demands and reality of the "National Business Protection Strategy" which protects German companies from business espionage and criminality. When he has completed his degree he will likely seek a management position in a large security services company.

Uwe Riesterer

Although Uwe Riesterer originally planned to become a forestry engineer, he decided to take a degree in "Security & Safety Engineering" after it was recommended by a friend. It was a lucky decision because during his bachelor's degree he discovered he was fascinated by the subject of radiation protection. He followed up his bachelor's degree with a master's at Furtwangen. "With the University's SUR-100 research reactor I have ideal conditions for scientific research on radiation protection," says Riesterer. In his master's thesis he simulates the radiation field of the reactor using FLUKA software.

Uwe Riesterer also plans to work in the area of radiation protection either in a research lab or in practical work. Career prospects are good because radiation protection specialists are in demand, e.g. in companies or in the dismantling of nuclear power stations.