Newcastle University in Singapore

MSc in Process Safety and Risk Management

Programme Details

The Master of Science in Process Safety and Risk Management is a 2-years, part-time, postgraduate taught programme. It is designed to enable students to understand the overarching requirement of compliance to legislation and to instil into students, the knowledge and skills in measuring and quantifying safety levels, hazardous emissions and exposure levels, and to design and operate inherently safer plants using specialist knowledge and skills.

The programme aims to train students to be competent professionals in the health and safety profession, to enable students to obtain an accredited postgraduate degree qualification for better career development and to enable students to develop a deeper understanding across the broad subject of process safety and risk management.

Type of Programme
Post-graduate taught degree, face-to-face lessons.

Programme Duration

  • Part-time: 24 months

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • First degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent engineering qualification with minimum second lower classification (2.2)
  • Candidates without a Bachelor Degree with at least 8 years of working experience and is at least 30 years old will also be considered on a case by case basis
  • English Language Entry Requirements : IELTS overall 6.5 or equivalent

Application Fees per programme (non-refundable), subject to prevailing GST

  • Singapore Citizens and/or Permanent Residents: SGD90
  • Singapore Employment and/or Dependant's Pass Holders: SGD135

For more information on Fees & Funding, please refer to NewRIIS Fees & Funding AY2020/2021

Applicant Eligibility

The course is only available to Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, Singapore Employment Pass holders, Singapore Dependant's Pass* holders.

*subject to approval by the respective pass-issuing authority.

Learning Outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes associated with Process Safety and Risk Management.

A successful student will be equipped with: 

  • Understanding of legislation, standards and regulations related to process safety, occupational health and environmental emissions and impact.

  • Understanding and knowledge of physical, chemical and biological hazards.

  • Advanced knowledge and skills to measure and quantify hazards and risks.

  • Advanced knowledge in the underpinning science and engineering skills to design inherently safer engineering equipment and processes.

  • Advanced knowledge and skills in ensuring process plants operate safely and workers are provided with safe environment to work.


  • Advanced knowledge and skills in responding to catastrophic failure and emergency release.


  • Advanced knowledge and skills in managing process safety and risks.


The table below shows all the modules covered in the degree, all of which are core units of the programme.


Module Code

Module Title



Legislation Safety Case and Incident Investigation



Environmental Impact, Legislation and Engineering



Safety Engineering and Loss Prevention



BioSafety Engineering and Occupational Health



Research Method



Safety, Health and Risk Management in Process,
Petroleum and Offshore Engineering



Hazard Identification and Quantitative Risk



Mechanical Integrity in Process Safety



Process Control



Project Dissertation

2018/19 MSc Process Safety and Risk Management Handbook: 2018/19 MSc Process Safety and Risk Management Handbook

How to Apply

The application process:

  1. Prospective candidates are required to visit Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS) for a Pre-application Counselling session.
    (i) Kindly email the NewRIIS team for an appointment. 
    (ii) Please bring along the following original documents for verification when you visit NewRIIS
          - NRIC or Passport
          - highest academic qualification
          - testimonials
          - updated CV

  2. Online application 
    (i) Before applying, please prepare the following documents/items
         - correct programme code (please check with PG Programme Administrator/Coordinator, if you are unsure) 
         - scanned verified educational documents
         - updated CV
         - personal statement 
    (ii) Create account for online application
    (iii) Apply online

  3. Payment of application fee by cheque or bank transfer. All fees charged are subjected to prevailing taxes. 

    Application Fees per programme (non-refundable)

    • Singapore Citizens and/or Permanent Residents: SGD90.
    • Singapore Employment and/or Dependant's Pass Holders: SGD135.

For more information or clarifications, please email the NewRIIS team at


Please click on the link to download:

Programme Handbook - MSc in Process Safety and Risk Management Handbook AY2019/2020