Process safety technology

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120

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Objectives and content

The process industry in Norway (oil/gas, chemical, metallurgy etc.) is export oriented and has a major impact on the economy of our country. However, raw materials, intermediate product, finished product, and the many different processes involved may represent a risk of accidents and safety efforts are therefore a high priority. Key tasks include prevention and control of explosions, fires, heat emitting chemical reactions ("run-away") and emissions of toxic / corrosive substance. Research tasks are often carried out in close cooperation with external agencies, particularly GexCon AS, Bergen, one of the leading research environments in the world in the fields of oil mist, dust and gas explosions, both experimentally and theoretically.

The Master¿s programme in process safety technology gives a broad basic understanding of current challenges in the field. The work with the master thesis involves analysing measurements and evaluating the results in light of the hypotheses that are tested. The study will give experience with oral and written presentation of results and theories, and training to read and evaluate relevant scientific literature.

The Degree

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Process Technology. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

After a completed Master degree in Process safety technology the candidate should:


  • explain the phenomena, concepts and theories related to the combustion of gases, liquids and particles
  • explain methods for prevention and control of various types of explosions (gas, mist or dust) in the industry on land and at sea
  • describe the area classification and design of electrical equipment for use in hazardous area
  • have knowledge of the use of risk analysis as a tool for decision
  • set up and perform simple explosion calculations with simulation software
  • show that one has good knowledge in process safety technology in general, and specialized insight in a smaller area connected to the Master degree project


  • carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and in coherence with good ethical conduct
  • manage and present scientific data, discuss precision and accuracy and use programming tools to analyse and process data
  • analyse problems in process safety technology and discuss ways to explore these with the aid of theory and experimental methods
  • orient oneself in the scientific community and collect, analyse and utilize necessary knowledge and tools needed to carry out a research project
  • analyse and critically evaluate scientific sources of information and apply these to structure and formulate reasoning and new ideas within process safety technology
  • analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field

General knowledge

  • be able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussion about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses and conclusions within process safety technology, both to specialists and the general public
  • be able to reflect over central scientific problems in his/her own work and other people¿s work

demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

How to Apply

Application procedure

For more information about the application procedure please see:

For Norwegian applicants (Application deadline 15 April / 1 November)


For international applicants residing in Norway (Application deadline 15 April / 1 November) http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/54992/international-master-applicants-residing-norway



Autumn (main uptake) and spring.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master¿s Programme in process safety technology you need a bachelor's degree in petroleum and process technology or the like. The degree needs to fulfill specific admission requirements.

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

  • Bachelo'r degree in petroleum and process technology
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, physics or mathematics (courses PTEK202 and PTEK100 must be included)
  • Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with topics covering the admission and grading requirements (the courses do not need to be part of the degree)

Bachelor degrees that qualify

  • Norwegian bachelor's degrees in petroleum technology (UiS) and oil and gas technology (NTNU), or equivalent bachelor's degrees where courses similar to PTEK202 and PTEK100 are included.
  • Norwegian bachelor's degrees in energy, physics, mathematics, underwater technology, process, machine or safety / fire safety, where courses similar to PTEK202 and PTEK100 are included.

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Department of Physics and Technology

Email to the Study Section: studie.ptek@uib.no