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Security & Safety Engineering: Study security

While SECURITY deals with external criminal attacks (e.g. sabotage, industrial espionage or IT-based criminality), SAFETY deals with fire protection, explosion protection, hazard protection and occupational safety, as well as crisis and catastrophe management.

The broad-based curriculum of the Security & Safety Engineering bachelor's programme (SSB) enables graduates to work in various security and safety sectors. An overview of the modules can be found in the table below. Electives, projects and an internship semester mean students can customize their course to their own interests. While taking the degree programme, additional qualifications can be gained which open up other career opportunities.

A special feature of our programme are the security labs which give students a high level of practical experience right from the start:

Programme electives

Details of programme (I10474-1)

Some SSB students start the programme knowing exactly what they want to do when they graduate, e.g. to work in fire protection because they have already been members of the voluntary fire service for many years. Other students find out during their course what really interests them - for example occupational safety or company security. In the internship semester of the 5th semester, you gain practical experience. And often this is where you meet your future employer. Find out more about the areas that students work in during their internship semesters in the internship reports.

In your final assignment, the  bachelor's thesis,  you will usually be dealing with a subject connected to your choice of future career. The choice of topic is often developed during the internship semester. An overview of thesis topics in the Security & Safety Engineering programme can be found in this graphic and in the PDF download (names and company names are not shown for data protection reasons).

Security & Safety Engineering student ambassadors

If you have any questions about Security & Safety Engineering or would like some first-hand information, then just ask our student ambassador:

Luca Jezegou, SSB graduate and first semester RIW student!

Email: studienbotschafter-ssb(at)hs-furtwangen.de

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject specific skills

  • Fundamental knowledge in the areas of technology, engineering and the natural sciences
  • In-depth knowledge of legal principles, rules, norms and current technology
  • Comprehensive knowledge of safety science methodology
  • Understanding of connections between the various areas of safety & security
  • Practical experience in solving typical security tasks

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Ability to formulate, present and discuss opinions and solutions in this specialist field, both with colleagues in the same field and with customers
  • Project management and teamworking skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to perform academic work

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Opportunity during programme to take additional qualification as Occupational Safety Specialist (Fachkraft für Arbeitssicherheit nach §7 ASiG)
  • Opportunity during programme to take professional qualifications in following areas (specialist knowledge of radiation protection ordinance,
  • fire safety, IT, etc.)
  • Individual specialization in areas such as fire safety, explosion prevention and IT security
  • Entrepreneural skills enabling graduates to set up their own business in one of the above-mentioned areas