Degree Programme in Safety, Security and Risk Management
Safety, Security and Risk Management programme educates you to become an expert on general preparedness and resilience in the society!
Next application period is for this programme is in January 2023. You can also enrol for path studies for this programme on 22nd -24th of July 2022.
- Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Safety, Security and Risk Management
- Degree title: Bachelor of Business Management (BBA)
- Duration of studies: 210 ECTS, 3,5 years
You may work, for example, in safety, security and risk management planning, development and expert jobs in companies or as a consultant. You may also be employed at schools or companies as a trainer in the field or in a public authority position related to preparedness or public safety.
You can enrol for path studies
You can enrol for so called path studies for the degree programme on July 22-24. The path studies of the Open University of Applied Sciences are an alternative route to a degree student. Path studies mainly consist of studies in the first year of education. With 60 credits completed in path studies, you can apply to become a degree student through a separate application. Read more about path studies.
In this programme you acquire a high level of integrity and critical understanding of risk management, and the ability to apply this knowledge in both private and public sectors. You’ll achieve a business mindset to maximize your chances of success, and you’ll gain the skills to develop and lead high-quality safety and security functions now and in the future.
The scope of this programme is 210 ECTS. It is composed of compulsory core competencies, complementary competencies, two work placements and a final thesis. At Laurea, you will have flexible possibilities to build your competence.
Core competence studies
During these studies, you will develop interactive skills and competences in business, entrepreneurship and project work and learn to recognize and evaluate opportunities in the business environment and analyze and assess the prerequisites for successful business.
Basics of Safety, Security and Risk Management
You will learn fundamental corporate and organizational safety, security and risk management theory and tools. You will also learn preparedness, information and cyber security compliance requirements ,best practices and development,. The studies also include the basics of leadership and you will develop your communication in English.
Sustainability and Business Analysis
During these studies, your skills in service business are strengthened. After completing the module, you are able to create value for customers in service business and use various tools in service design and digital marketing. You will also learn about sustainability, corporate responsibility, and circular business in organizations.
Expert in a Work Community (work placements)
Your studies include 30 ECTS worth of work placements which is approximately 5 months in total. You can choose to complete the work placements separately (two 15 ECTS periods) or combine the placements to a one longer period.
Expert in Development and Workplace Innovation (including the Thesis)
These studies will develop your abilities in studying individually and in teams, carrying out research and development work and supporting your career development and work identity. The degree includes a thesis amounting to 15 credits in which you demonstrate your expertise in your field. The thesis may be a workplace development project or be done as part of the university of applied sciences' research and development activities.
Complementary competence studies
The rest of the degree (60 cr) consists of elective complementary competence studies. Degree certificate in Degree Programme in Security, Safety and Risk Management is granted only if the student has completed at least 45 credits complementary competence studies related to Security, Safety and Risk Management. The remaining 15 credits may consist of any complementary studies, such as language studies or studies in other fields.
You can choose from the following studies:
Corporate Safety and Security
Studies include corporate and organizational safety and compliance requirements and best practices, risk assessment, management, planning, assessment, and development. The main fields are information and cyber security management as well as occupational safety, health and quality. You will learn to define corporate and organizational safety and security compliance requirements, best practices and apply those. After these studies, you are also able to assess and manage risks related to corporate and organizational safety and security.
Preparedness in Society
Studies include international security, critical infrastructure protection and crime prevention phenomena, compliance requirements and best practices, risk assessment and management and assessment and development. After these studies, you know how to define international security, critical infrastructure protection and crime prevention phenomena, compliance requirements, best practices and apply those. You will learn to analyse global threats and those impact to societies and assess and manage critical infrastructure’s risk and crime risks.
Studies include compliance requirements and best practices in risk, safety and security management, business continuity and environmental risk management. You will learn to plan, assess and develop risk, safety and security management, business continuity and environmental risk management as part of the operations of a corporation or organization.
Complementary studies from Business Information Technology
After completion of specific preliminary studies, you may also study Cybersecurity- and Information Security studies offered by the Business Information Technology degree programme.
Studying in the Safety, Security and Risk Management Programme
The Safety, Security and Risk Management studies starting in autumn 2022 will be implemented as blended learning studies. Blended learning studies have on average three days of contact lessons, three times each semester. Most of the studies are conducted independently, in group work, online and, where possible, in your own workplace. Various intensive courses are also available, allowing you to complete some of the courses over a few weeks.
You may also participate in the work life related projects that Laurea has, which are a great way to network and learn in an authentic environment. Many students come to find work placements or even a begin to their careers through these projects.
The material for the studies is maintained so that it is relevant and up to date; Leppävaara campus library has the country's largest safety, security and risk management-related collection of books and articles, most of which is available in print and electronic forms. It is also possible to cooperate and collaborate on projects with students from other degree programmes.
Your previous studies and work experience are carefully considered when planning the studies. In many cases, it is possible to compensate for part of the studies through credit transfer or competence demonstrations, allowing you to progress rapidly through your studies. In all these discussions, you will be supported by a dedicated personal tutor, who will help you navigate the course selections and provide you with career counselling advice.
Work placements and employment
Graduates of the Safety, Security and Risk Management degree programme will have good job opportunities in several sectors, and they will be eligible for a great variety of roles. Possible job titles include:
As a graduate, you may work in various roles, such as:
- Risk, safety and security manager
- Facility manager
- Information and/or cyber security expert
- Event safety expert
- Health, safety and environment manager
- Head of security
- Fire inspector or security sector instructor
Internationality in studies
You will need international and multicultural competence as part of your professional expertise in the workplace, whether your job is in Finland or abroad. Laurea offers opportunities for international student exchanges by partnering with higher education institutions abroad. Laurea is part of the Cooperation Network for Risk, Safety & Security Studies (CONRIS), through which short courses are offered either online or physically. International projects also offer opportunities to advance your studies or complete your thesis or placement. You can also apply for an international placement for one or both of your work placements.
At home, you can still participate in internationality with language or intercultural communication studies.. You can also cooperate and collaborate on projects with exchange students from abroad and students from Laurea’s other international degree programmes.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Non-EU/EEA area students in degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.
Tuition fee: €8 000/ academic year for non EU/EEA students.
After completing a bachelor's degree at a university of applied sciences and gaining two years of work experience, you can be admitted as a student in a master's degree programme in a university of applied sciences. Laurea offers a Master’s degree programme in Security Management in Finnish. A completed Master's degree at a university of applied sciences will give you the same qualifications for a public office as a Master's degree from a university.
Once you have a bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences, you can also apply for a place at a university. In that case, you may be required to take complementary studies. Universities of applied sciences offer continuing education of various lengths. You can also acquire new knowledge through open university or open university of applied sciences studies. Examples include masters programmes in Cyber Security or Law.
Safety, Security and Risk Management
Olli, a Security Management student: “Security Management allows me to apply my strengths”
Student interview with Olli Leikas, a student in the Safety, Security and Risk Management degree programme.Read more
“The field of security management offers an endless range of opportunities”
Student interview with Merisade Kuusela from the Safety, Security and Risk Management degree programme.Read more
Security Management student: Work placements and practical approach are best parts of the studies
Vaclav Stekl, Safety, Security and Risk Management student praises practical-oriented learning by developing methods. “The teachers are our mentors. They give us guidance and a lot of independence”.Read more
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