Human Factors & System Safety

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Master Program in Human Factors and System Safety

Time to apply for our 2018 course start

Currently two classes running in parallell

Below, and to your left, you find an introduction to our Master Program in Human Factors and Systems safety. With one intake per year we always have two parallell classes running. In the spring of 2017 we will begin accepting applications for the course intake of January 2018. You find the application procedure by following this link.

A program introduction

(Frequently asked questions)

Lund University is pleased to offer a complete Masters of Science program for professionals and practitioners in Human Factors and System Safety. The program starts with a week of intensive lectures and orientation in Lund, the rest you can do on-line, in two years. The MSc is concluded with a thesis. With no prior Bachelor's degree, you can still take the entire MSc program, and you will be rewarded a Testimonium upon completion.

This MSc is for everybody who wants to expand their knowledge and practical skills for the safety challenges of the twenty-first century. Its program 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 cause, but as a symptom. We recognize the exciting possibilities of systems thinking for accident analysis and organizational 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.

"Most of all thank you to Sidney for the fantastic course that has enabled me to do a job good enough for my airline to want to employ me permanently during a time of crisis and downsizing. I could not have done it without the understanding I developed during the course."
Malin Castleton, Safety Officer Continuing Airworthiness

"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' 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

A program tailored to your needs

You will start in January with an intensive residential session (learning lab) of four days at Lund University in Sweden. You meet colleagues from other industries, eager to learn and faced with similar questions. How do you write good recommendations? Can your company prevent drift into failure? How do you hold people accountable without invoking defense mechanisms? Do your operators have the courage to say ‘no’ when trading safety off against production pressures?

After the first residential session, and in addition to two more mandatory Learning Laboratories during the first year and other colloquia that we organize with either Lund staff or visiting professors from all over the world, the MSc is taught on-line. You get access to online lectures, reading guidance and on-line entry to the entire Lund University library. Tutoring assistance is always available. Each course is driven by your work on take-home questions and feedback from tutors and other students on your answers, through a highly interactive virtual classroom.

Almost all students take two years to complete the program, given the constraints of their (working) lives. In that case, your first year is devoted to studying the literature in synch with your fellow students. Every two weeks, you will answer a new question about the literature, and you will give and receive feedback to and from your fellow students, as well as getting feedback from your tutor. During the first year you will complete the first three courses. The second year is devoted to the fourth course (where you will get to write a literature review on your favorite topic) and your thesis that may well build further on that topic. Should you wish to complete the program in one year, you do the first three courses and the fourth course and thesis simultaneously. This may be ambitious if you have a working life, of course. We do expect your thesis to be connected to your professional concerns. Your employer won’t pay per class, but per year that you are registered with us.