Advanced Master in Safety Engineering and Management

Advanced Master in Safety Engineering and Management

  • Advanced Master
  • Study field
    Risk Management, Health and Safety, Process Engineering, Environment
  • Institution
  • Tuition fees
  • Teaching language



Today, society is faced with two objectives which seem to be contradictory: innovation which implies taking risks whilst guaranteeing safety for all by controlling these risks. The Safety Engineering & Management Advanced Master provides the required skills to take up the challenge. This vital control of technological risks involves all sectors: transportation (air, rail, road…), energy (nuclear plants, oil and gas, fuel cells…), production (pharmaceutical, agribusiness, manufacturing…), construction, waste disposal, etc.

Controlling safety means acquiring a generic expertise which includes understanding risk and safety concepts, identifying risks and their origins, analyzing risks, and treating risks. It also calls for Safety Management, ensuring that safety is truly integrated into company activities. Finally, the Human, Organizational and Social Factors of Safety place engineers’ activities in their physical environment. Controlling safety also means acquiring specific expertise by Designing for Safety, ensuring Functional Safety, controlling Toxic Risks for Humans and the Environment, as well as Process Safety, and trust in Structural Safety. Not only do Engineers and Managers have to prevent accidents but they must also provide evidence to authorities that they can trust product safety.


2 semesters

Program Start

End September

Course details

Training content

Organization of the program:

The Safety Engineering & Management Advanced Master is a one-year program.  The first semester contains 2 academic parts, while the second semester is dedicated to an internship in a company.

Whereas most courses cover one particular discipline (biology, mechanics, computer science…), ensuring the safety of a complex system such as an aircraft or an energy production plant, requires a multi-disciplinary approach to this concern.

In general, accidents don’t happen due to one particular technological cause but occur in complex circumstances involving a combination of technological as well as human factors.

For these reasons, the curriculum uses a dual approach:

  • generic approaches to risk management to have an overall control on safety
  • specific knowledge for controlling varied sources of risks.

Training program:

The course consists of 9 modules (40 hours - 5 ECTS each).

Part 1 – Acquiring generic expertise

  • Qualitative Approach to Safety. Understanding risk and safety concepts, the importance of control, and the activities related to the risk management process. Identifying risks and their origins. Avoiding accidents.
  • Quantitative Approach to Safety. Analyzing risks. Assessing risks with probabilistic approaches. Estimating the severity of consequences. Evaluating risks. Ascertaining acceptable risks. Treating risks.
  • Safety Management. Ensuring that safety is truly integrated into the company activities thanks to a safety management process (including risk appreciation, monitoring and review) and a safety management system.
  • The Human, Organizational and Social Factors of Safety. Placing engineers’ activities in their environment: Rules and regulations; Human and Organizational factors; Communication and Consultation; and an Integrated approach.

Part 2 – Acquiring specific expertise

  • Designing for Safety. Identifying hazards associated with system life cycles. Building intrinsically safe systems. Ensuring system design compliance. Adapting systems for use.
  • Toxic Risks for Humans and the Environment. Identifying chemical risks, risks associated with rays, and the risks of biotechnologies impacting humans and the environment. Analyzing and mitigating their effects.
  • Process Safety. Identifying hazards specific to processes. Estimating their effects. Preventing and protecting people and assets.
  • Structural Safety. Identifying the causes of failures. Assessing structural risks. The decision making process during the design and operation (maintenance) phases.
  • Functional Safety. Identifying hazards due to system functions. Assigning safety integrity levels. Designing safety integrated systems. Raising confidence by providing proof.

More information about the course can be found here.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fees are 9000€.

Living costs

Average monthly living costs for a student in Toulouse is between 700 and 1000€.  The amount depends a lot on the accommodation you will choose.

Detailed information about living expenses can be found in the Student Guide.  

Scholarships from INSA

Scholarship through a reduction of the fees can be offered to students coming from partner universities.

Other scholarships:

  • Scholarships from the French government (Eiffel scholarship, embassies…)
  • Scholarships from the European Union (Erasmus, Leonardo…)
  • Scholarships from the French regional authorities (town halls, regions…)
  • Scholarships from academic labs or industrial companies.

For other scholarship information, we recommend to check Campus Bourse.


Access condition

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of professional experience.

Required documents:

  • Filled application form
  • Copy of the passport
  • Copy of the last diploma
  • Transcript of the last diploma or a document describing the lectures of the 2 previous years
  • CV
  • Cover letter 

Application deadline:

The number of accepted candidates is limited to 20 participants. We stop the application process when this number is reached; usually in June.

Student Life


There are several possibilities of accommodation at INSA:

  • The Crous residences
  • The Promologis Group residences
  • The R1 CROUS-INSA residence: Centrally located on the campus of INSA Toulouse and offers 221 student rooms, which are attributed in priority to students enrolled at INSA on the basis of social criteria. Rents range from 189.50€ to 332.50€. To apply for this residence, please click here.

Students can be helped in their accommodation search by the Welcome Desk or Toul’Box.

To learn more about different types of accommodation in France, you can read this article.

About School

And after ...

Career prospects

Jobs are available in Research and Development departments, in Industrial Safety departments as well as on industrial sites (nuclear plants, manufacturing plants, etc.).

Companies frequently use specialized consultancy firms which provide risk analysis skills and accident prevention implementation methods. Authorities and audit offices also employ numerous experts ensuring regulation compliance.

Possible positions are: Process Safety Engineers, Safety Engineers in nuclear or oil and gas industries, Reliability Engineers, Quality Safety and Environment Engineers, Risk Analysts in a safety consultancy, Inspectors in regulatory organizations, Risk Analysts in certification authorities or safety agencies, Risk Engineers for insurance companies.

 These positions require close coordination with top management and can lead to faster career progression.


Graduate residence permit

This Advanced Master is recognized be the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

The graduates of this program can apply for a residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" ("job search / business creation") for graduate students. This residence permit allows students to remain in France for up to one year to look for employment.

At the end of your studies, if you have obtained your diploma, you can apply for a residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" (except Algerian students). This residence permit replaces the temporary residence permit that was previously issued to graduate students ("APS Master").

This residence permit can also be requested from abroad: if you leave France at the end of your studies, you can apply for the residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" at the French consulate in your home country or your country of residence within 4 years after graduation. More information:


  • Toulouse


Gilles MOTET

Phone : +33 5 61 55 98 18

Email : gilles.motet @