Process Safety and Environmental Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jul 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1292 Duration:3 semestrs

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Educational organisation

Core modules on the topics of engineering fundamentals, chemical reaction engineering, hazardous properties of materials, technical risk and risk assessment, environmental engineering, and process safety provide students from different countries and backgrounds with a fundamental understanding of process safety and environmental engineering. Each student creates his or her own study programme with elective courses from the module catalogue. In the third and final semester, the completion of a Master's thesis further deepens the student's expertise in a topic of choice and demonstrates that the student is qualified to work independently on academic topics.

Course objectives

The economical usage of energy resources, safe production and handling of materials, and the protection of the environment are gaining importance worldwide. Safety and environmental protection are indispensable elements of any industrial activity. The Master's programme Process Safety and Environmental Engineering educates experts for industry as well as for authorities, research organisations, and higher education. Graduates from the programme are versed in the natural scientific fundamentals of technical processes, especially those related to safety and environment. They can think and act holistically in the assessment of safety and environmental concerns and their prevention and mitigation.
The study programme prepares students for careers in industry, business, management, or for doctoral studies. Graduates analyse processes based on advanced methods and models and develop new products, methods, and system solutions for safety and environment-related challenges.

Language requirements

Adequate English language skills must be demonstrated through:
  • TOEFL test (550 points paper-based, 213 points computer-based, or 80 points Internet-based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), minimum score: C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum score: B
  • IELTS test overall band score 6.0

Academic requirements

Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree (210 credit points, EQF 6) in:
  • chemical engineering,
  • process engineering,
  • energy engineering,
or a related field.

Enrolment fees

Currently 94.50 EUR per semester
The semester fee covers services offered by the "Studentenwerk" (Student Union) and the student representatives. Enrolled students receive a semester ticket for free use of public transport, student discounts in the campus cafeteria, etc.

Costs of living

A minimum of 700 EUR per month must be budgeted for accommodation, costs of living, health insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

Job opportunities

Due to the compact nature of this Master's programme, outside employment during studies is not recommended. Foreign students with a residence permit for study purposes are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. A limited number of student research assistant (HiWi) positions are available through the university. German language knowledge is usually required for off-campus positions.

Funding opportunities within the university

Scholarships cannot be provided for new students. The university provides a limited number of excellence scholarships. Eligible candidates are students in advanced semesters who clearly show above-average results.

Arrival support

Before arrival, a welcome package with relevant information will be sent to incoming students. There is a pick-up service if desired. Please inform the student group IKUS ( of your arrival in advance. IKUS will meet you at the station in Magdeburg. There is also a "Welcome and Orientation Week" at the beginning of the semester.

Services and support for international students

The International Office and the programme coordinators assist students in any way possible. To integrate new students into the university and into the student community, both the university and the faculty offer a "Welcome & Orientation Week" right before studies start in October. The university offers German language courses and lots of social and cultural events organised by IKUS or by other student initiatives within the faculty or on campus.


The "Studentenwerk" (Student Union) Magdeburg manages the on-campus halls of residence (mostly one- to four-room apartments). Currently, the monthly rent ranges from 220-350 EUR per room (approx. 12-35 square meters), depending on size and furnishing. Rooms in the halls of residence are limited in number. The accommodation request can be found here:
The Student Union assists all new students in finding adequate accommodation, either on or off campus. Private accommodation is available on the Magdeburg accommodation market. However, fully furnished units are in relatively short supply.
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