University of York

University of York

Systems Safety Engineering

The course is designed to prepare students for work in the demanding field of Systems Safety Engineering (SSE) by exposing them to the latest science and technology within this field; the course aims to provide participants with a preliminary grounding and practical experience in the use of state-of-the-art techniques for development of safety critical systems, emphasising their software; together with an understanding of the principles behind these techniques so that they can make sound engineering judgements during the design and deployment of such a system, particularly when software is involved; graduates completing the course are equipped to participate and in safety-critical systems engineering related aspects of industry and commerce.

Entry requirements

Applicants will have achieved at a first degree in a numerate, technical discipline. Industrial experience is also useful.

Course modules

Module includes: Foundations of system safety engineering; systems engineering for safety; hazard and risk assessment; system safety assessment; safety management systems; safety case development & review. Optional modules include: systems engineering for safety; software requirement and architectures; human factors for safety; computers & safety; through life safety; introduction to security for safety-critical systems.

Assessment methods

Assessed exercise, which is completed on site by full time students and off site by part time students, takes approximately 35 hours in addition. An additional 30 hours of private study is expected during the open assessment period. All assessed exercises are open, comprising a report, case study, or documented piece of software. There are no closed examinations.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 8,650 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 10,190 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Programmes Administrator
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