The Security & Safety Engineering Bachelor's and Master's programmes are engineering courses which offer a broad foundation in technology and the natural sciences. This can later be applied in a constructive and meaningful way to existing regulations and norms. Graduates will have career openings in most sectors of society as their know-how is required wherever people and organisations must be protected and better security systems devised. Possible future employers include companies, authorities, management consultancies and humanitarian organisations.

Your career in safe hands

In a world which is becoming ever more complex and therefore also more vulnerable, security experts with a university degree are more sought after than ever. The primary goal of this programme is the interdisciplinary training of engineers in the closely related fields of security and safety. There are a broad range of areas requiring protection, ranging from small and medium-sized companies to critical infrastructure (e.g. power supply, transportation logistics) in every economic sector. In this context, security means defence against planned attacks including industrial espionage, product piracy, damage to production plants or processes through intentional interventions, and IT-based crime. Safety is defined as the protection from dangers and hazardous events, in particular occupational health and safety, ergonomics, fire prevention, hazardous materials, and the management of crises and catastrophic events.

In this programme, students learn to analyze and evaluate various types of danger, as well as to implement precautionary and protective measures. The objective is to minimize risks and potentially harmful consequences. Equipped with a broad background in technology, management and psychology, our students learn to evaluate safety-relevant issues. The material assets both of individuals and industry and business, as well as in the public domain are protected.

Hands-On Approach
Furtwangen  University attaches great importance to practical relevance in its study programmes. Contacts with industry, NGOs as well as relevant authorities are strengthened through numerous excursions and seminars. Practical relevance is further encouraged through small work groups and individual work.

Prospective engineers have the opportunity to apply the skills gained in a practical setting and gain experience in a working environment, even while they are studying. This is made possible, for example, during internship semesters and furthered through various semester projects. A significant part of the programme can be designed to suit individual interests through electives.

Additional qualifications
Additional qualifications are also offered in the following areas:

  • Occupational Health & Safety Officer
  • Radiation Protection Officer
  • Fire Protection Officer
  • Hazardous Goods Officer (road transports)
  • Protection of Property

Careers Perspectives

Wanted: Specialists for Safety and Prevention
Our graduates can be employed as generalists in small and medium-sized companies or as specialists in large businesses and insurance companies, as well as public service. Further opportunities are working in occupational health and safety or security consulting, either as an employee or as a self-employed service provider.

Typical fields of operation are the development of security technologies, the design of safety and security solutions, the implementation of management systems, the training of personnel in prevention, or management consulting on the implementation of safety and security measures. Further areas of specialization are continuously opening up.

Activities

  • management consultancy
  • analysis of event causes and effects
  • evaluation of vulnerabilities and risk areas
  • generation of security concepts and management systems
  • development of safety products and technologies
  • implementation of security measures
  • staff training

What's in it for me?

Reasons for Choosing Our Programme

  • excellent career prospects in a growth sector
  • manifold employment options
  • innovative study programme
  • interdisciplinary application
  • hands-on education
  • numerous job-focused additional qualifications possible
  • individual specialisation due to large variety of elective areas
  • individual contact with lecturers
  • well-respected university
  • accredited programme

Quick Information

Degree awarded Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree undergraduate
Duration of programme 7 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Furtwangen
Programme begin winter semester (October) & summer semester (March)
Application deadline(s) 15 July
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German
Academic entry requirements university entrance qualification
Language requirements fluent German
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Programme accreditation ACQUIN accredited
Contact SDek-SSB@hs-furtwangen.de

Programme Description

The Security and Safety Programme at the University of Furtwangen consists of seven semesters.
In the first two semesters, the fundamentals are taught, whereas the remaining five semesters are dedicated to advanced subjects.

In the first academic year (first and second semesters), students learn the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, mathematics, information processing, electrotechnology, electronics and mechanics. The interdisciplinary approach is designed to train students to understand and coordinate the needs of a broad variety of experts (e.g., chemists, mechanical engineers and business administrators) as well as to communicate the importance of security and safety.

Advanced subjects are offered in the third semester and continue until the seventh semester. From the third semester on, further electives enable students to put their programme together according to their interests and preferences.

Advanced courses offered include:

  • Occupational Safety and Health and Ergonomics
  • Fire Prevention
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Security Technology, Crime, and Security Services
  • Safety and Occupational Psychology
  • Espionage, Industrial Espionage and Product Conterfeiting
  • IT and Information Security
  • Causes of Terrorism and Terrorism Defense Strategies
  • Hazard Prevention, Crisis Management and Catastrophe Management
  • Foreign Languages (possibly in preparation for a foreign exchange programme)
  • Law / Business Administration
  • Occupational Safety and Security Organization and Management

In the fifth semester there is a compulsory internship, designed for students to enhance their knowledge through practical application. We strongly advise working at an organization on a project with direct relevance to the curriculum. Students are expected to gain practical engineering experience on-the-job in one of the above-mentioned areas.

Students may also study for a semester at one of our partner universities in foreign countries. There are over a hundred affiliations to choose from. This exchange is conceived for the sixth semester, but can also be carried out either in the fifth semester or in the final semester.

In the sixth semester, students, either individually or in groups, complete an extensive semester project in an area of specialization.

In the seventh semester, every student is required to write and submit a bachelor’s thesis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a university entrance qualification or a secondary school-leaving certificate.

Click here for more information on Furtwangen University entrance requirements.

Please contact the Furtwangen University Admissions Office to ensure that you have fulfilled these requirements.

Language Requirements

Courses and exams are held in German. Test scores demonstrating the following German language skills levels are required and must be submitted with the application:

  • DSH, minimum level 2
  • or TestDaF, average of TDN 4
  • Goethe Zertifikat C2

Preparatory Language Courses

Unfortunately, Furtwangen University does not offer intensive German preparatory language courses. Please click here for a list of schools in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, which offer German language courses.

Further Information in German

As the Security & Safety Engineering Bachelor degree programme is taught in German, please click here for information in German regarding the programme.

Contact information

For further information, please contact:

Furtwangen University
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Security and Safety Engineering Bachelor Programme
Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1
78120 Furtwangen

Tel.: 0049 - 7723 / 920 - 2180
Email: SDek-SSB(at)hs-furtwangen.de