This degree program is the only one of its kind in Bavaria, and is offered as an interdisciplinary program at the Faculties of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Business. It is aimed at graduates of Bachelor programs in the fields of technology and computer science, as well as graduates of business-related degree programs with a focus on technology. Over the course of three semesters, students acquire the skills necessary to come up with interdisciplinary solutions to safety and security problems in the areas of industrial automation, control systems and critical infrastructure. This practical degree program focuses on a range of subjects including IT security, data protection, functional security, IT law and employee management.
The basics of industrial safety and security from a technical, organizational and legal point of view are covered in the first semester of this Master program. This allows students to understand important interdisciplinary aspects of safety and security in Industry 4.0. In the second semester, students acquire a more in-depth knowledge and strengthen this knowledge by carrying out a large-scale interdisciplinary project. In the third semester, the students then write their Master thesis based on a complex topic from the field of safety and security, often in close cooperation with a company. They also have the option to specialize even further by taking an elective.
The extraordinary thing about this degree program is that students are given practical training in using a networked automated and control system in the “Industrial Security” lab. Safety and security problems that may arise in companies, such as a large hacker attack on sensitive IT data, are simulated directly in this lab. The students also work in close cooperation with scientists from the HSA_innos research group for IT security and digital forensics, and the HSA_ops optimization and operations management research group. Scientists from the technology transfer center in Noerdlingen, who carry out research on various aspects of the production industry, are also participating in this new degree program, which has been offered at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences since the summer semester of 2017.
Online information event
Many thanks for your interest in our annual online information event about the Master's program Industrial Safety and Security, which takes places in November and is lead by the faculty academic advisor Prof Dr Helia Hollmann.
Further details will be published in this section prior to the event.
Are complex production networks in the industry safe from hacker attacks? What kind of security loopholes exist in remote maintenance in the field of plant and machine construction? How do you protect companies from spear phishing and social engineering? These are just a few of the questions that professionals may encounter in their career. After completing this degree program, graduates can take on positions with a high level of responsibility, such as the position of security analyst in the IT sector, developer of secure production and assembly lines, and “Safety and Security Consultant” at management and process consulting firms.
Information about admission requirements
Note: If the completion of additonal qualifications (e.g. for applicants with a degree of 180 ECTS) is required, the duration of studies may extend to 4 semesters.
Start of studies is in the summer term only.
Applications can be submitted between 15 November – 15 December via the online application portal of Augsburg University of Applied Sciences.
The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Industrial Safety and Security is a bilingual study program. Languages of instruction are German (50 %) and English (50%). Therefore, the prerequisite is B2-level German and English language skills (according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR).
The degree course ‘Industrial Safety and Security’ contains compulsory modules, which are based on linguistically challenging specialist literature. The extensive and complex technical language and in-depth study of legal texts represent a considerable hurdle to completing your studies successfully, even for native speakers.
Accepted proof of English language proficiency:
- TOEFL (iBT) score: 80 – 94
- TOEIC score: listening 430 - 485; reading 400 - 450
- IELTS: at least 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each band)
- TELC: B2
- PTE Academic score: 65 - 75
- Cambridge English Language Assessment: B2: First Certificate in English (FCE; at least Grade C); C1: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- CET: College English Test (CET-6, min. 500)
- DAAD English language test: min. 4
- Native speaker (evidenced by passport)
- Abitur (confirming level B2/C1)
- University entrance qualification completed in English (evidenced via transcript or confirmation letter by the respective institution)
- Successful completion of a university degree, from a recognized university, in English (language of instruction evidenced via diploma supplement, transcript or confirmation letter by the respective institution)
Recognized German language tests for non-native speakers are:
- DSH: at least level 2
- TestDaF: at least level 4 in all exam parts
Further information can be found at the following links:
Please note: Your test results must be less than two years old. Proof of language proficiency has to be submitted togehter with the official application.