MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety (före uppd.)

MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety


Lund University is pleased to offer a complete Masters 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.


Once 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. The 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.


In the Lund University MSc programme in Human Factors and Systems Safety you meet colleagues from other industries, who are eager to learn and are faced with similar questions such as: 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 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 MSc is then concluded with a thesis.
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, Lund University Library as well as contacting 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 is then concluded with a thesis

The programme is designed for the students to complete it 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. We do expect your thesis 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)


In order to apply for the MSc. Programme in Human Factors and Systems Safety, please click the "APPLY HERE" button on the top right to access the online application form and follow the instructions. Following the submission of your application your boss will also get an email requiring her or him to approve your application.
We would also like you to send a CV and a 500 word letter explaining why you are applying to our Master Programme and what you expect to get out of your studies with us at Lund University.
Send the CV and letter to:
E-mail adress: 
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+46 46 2220750.


”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’s programme in human factors and system safety.
  • A good command of English language both spoken and written. For applicants who have completed higher secondary education in a Nordic country, or are native English speakers this could be verified by 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 18, 2016.


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

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the entire programme is 148.000 SEK (plus VAT where applicable). The fee will be separated into two invoices of 74.000 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 
Tel: +46 46 222 08 80

For other information please contact
Andreas Bryngelson
Tel: +46 46 222 14 60

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