MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety

MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety


Lund University is pleased to offer a complete Master of Science programme for professionals and practitioners within the field of Human Factors and System Safety. MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety is for those who wish to expand their knowledge and practical skills in order to meet the safety challenges the twenty-first century presents.



Founded by Professor Sidney Dekker, this programme offers you the latest thinking in the new view of Human Factors, accountability, accident models, and Resilience Engineering. Our understanding of accidents, risk and safety is changing. We no longer see human error as a cause, but as a symptom. We recognise the exciting possibilities of systems thinking for accident analysis and organisational improvement. We are shifting from reliability to resilience and the enhancement of adaptive capacity. We look for new relationships between stakeholders to create forms of accountability that do not harm safety.


You will meet colleagues from other industries who are eager to learn and have questions like: How do you write good recommendations? Can your company prevent drift into failure? How do you hold people accountable without invoking defense mechanisms? 

Not only do the students represent a diversity of industries, but the professors and mentors guiding you through your two years have diverse backgrounds as accident investigators, pilots, physicians, anthropologists, air traffic controllers and engineers.


The programme starts with a week of intensive lectures and orientation in Lund, Sweden. The main part of your studies is then distance-based and conducted in different highly interactive online environments with online lectures, reading guidance, contact with the Lund University Library as well as your mentors. During the first year of the MSc, the course participants gather in Lund two more times than during the second year for mandatory Learning Laboratories and other colloquia that we organise with either Lund University staff or visiting professors from all over the world. The MSc concludes with a thesis

The programme is designed for particpants to complete within two years. Your first year is devoted to studying the literature in sync with your fellow students. The second year is devoted to the fourth course and your thesis, which we expect to be connected to your professional concerns.


The new view of human factors & system safety (10 ECTS), The sociology of safety and accidents (10 ECTS), Accountability and learning from failure (10 ECTS), Forensic safety investigation & system change (15 ECTS), Thesis or Project work (15 ECTS)


”My own impression is that there is a lot of talk about safety (and a number of programs out there teaching this stuff) but I haven’t encountered a program so comprehensive and effective. The Lund approach is unique and important, since most of us have such deep-seated opinions and values around human error and failure. This is not just about learning some new ’information’... it requires a shift in one’s thinking.” - Karen Cardiff, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of BC, Vancouver

”I could not have asked for anything better. There is this personal teaching quality that reaches out, encourages, mentors and develops every one of us in this thinking process - and then goes even beyond that point. Thank you for the opportunity to study under your wings. It really is an honor and an unforgettable experience of a life time.” - Norbert Belliveau, Civil Aviation Safety Inspector

”Many, many, many thanks for a fascinating, eyes-wide-opening, and above all, challenging course! I learned so much, and learned that there is still so much to learn!” - Gwendolyn Bakx, Air Force Major

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the MSc degree, a previous Bachelor's Degree, approved by Lund University, is required. Those without a prior Bachelor's Degree are welcome to take the entire MSc programme for credit, and will be awarded a Testimonium upon completion. The general admission requirements are as follows:
- A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to the Master programme in human factors and system safety.
- A good command of both spoken and written English. For applicants who have completed higher secondary education in a Nordic country or are native English speakers, this can be verified by a higher secondary education diploma/certificate (including English). For all other applicants a certificate of proficiency, such as IELTS or an equivalent, is desired but not required.


Programme start: January, 2022.


Two years, part-time, 60 ECTS, mainly distance-based 

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the entire programme is 170.000 SEK (plus VAT where applicable). The fee will be separated into two invoices of 85.000 SEK (plus VAT where applicable) that will be charged 7 weeks prior to the beginning of each of the two academic years.
If the student decides to leave the programme during an academic year, Lund University Faculty of Engineering, LTH does not pay a refund of the tuition fee for that academic year. If, during enrollment, the student decides to take up employment elsewhere, the employer signing will remain liable for covering the entire tuition fee for that academic year.


For questions regarding content,
please contact programme director Johan Bergström 
+46 46 222 08 80
For other information, please contact
Ida Burguete Holmgren
 +46 46 222 07 77
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