Academic Year 2022/23
School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Industrial and Information Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||422|
|Name||Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||LM-26 - Safety engineering|
|Degree level ||Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2010/2011|
|Official length of the programme ||2|
|Years of the programme already activated ||1,2|
|Official language(s) ||Italian|
|Dean of the School ||Antonio Capone|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Marco Derudi|
|Website of the School ||http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
| Address ||VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
The demand for greater safety in all human activities is a characteristic of all countries with a high level of economic and technological development. In order to ensure that safety management is effective, it must focus on the preventive approach. To this purpose, specific, sophisticated techniques have been developed for: early diagnosis of malfunctions, methods for assessing the reliability, availability and maintainability of systems, methods for estimating the consequences of accidents; all of which have become essential for the design and the operational management of modern engineering components, systems and plants.
This approach has been confirmed in the regulatory realm by the numerous safety directives issued by the European Union. In fact, a fundamental aspect of these directives is the awareness, first cultural and then legal, that a safety based on reclamation interventions that follow the occurrence of accidental events is not sufficient, but must be accompanied by preventative measures. It is clear that those who dedicated to both risk prevention and mitigation of the consequences have a very complex task for the relative radical transformation of production processes and for the effect of the emerging new risks.
In this framework, the proposed training project is aimed at Level I graduates (BSc) in Engineering /Science and aims to study issues and methodologies regarding the safety of production systems, taking into account the territorial and environmental impacts related to the operations of the plants. The project originates from the awareness that the criticality and care of design and management tasks by a safety expert require preparation that only advanced university education can provide. The aim is thus to form engineers with the technical-scientific knowledge required to address and manage the problems typical of the area of safety and prevention, from preventive risk analyses to the analysis of chemical and physical accident-related phenomena, to the use of investigative, monitoring, diagnostic and evaluation tools. The ability to properly analyze and take action to minimize the triggering of conditions of accidents with territorial impacts requires that the new figure of the engineer focus not only on what happens inside the plant, but also on its interactions with the external environment. This need is particularly strong after the enactment of recent Italian and European regulations that require an increasing involvement of the company’s safety director for the creation of external emergency plans and the communication of risk to the public.
The educational framework is thus delineated specific to the creation of the "safety manager" and "safety planner,” technical figures already present in many countries of the European Union and in the United States.
3. Learning objectives
The MSc Degree Programme in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry aims to prepare professionals with the technical, organizational, managerial, relational, and legal-administrative skills suited to perform the following functions:
1. identify hazards, quantify and minimize risks, and provide the necessary diagnostic, preventive, protective and maintenance measures;
2. interact with other experts and the public entities in order to make the industrial plants as compatible as possible with other urban and territorial entities.
The MSc study plan is constituted by some compulsory courses for all students, while others offer a choice within a group of electives. Given the likely origin of students from miscellaneous Engineering/Science Degrees, some of the required courses are designed to provide students with an adequate and uniform technical-scientific academic knowledge in areas identified as essential for the Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry.
The Master's Degree Program adopts teaching methods that meet the Dublin descriptors adopted at the European level. The comprehension skills and the autonomy of judgment will be verified through written and oral exam tests and the drafting of personal or group papers. The ability to apply knowledge and understanding will be verified through the drafting of reports following participation in experimental laboratories and project activities included in the training path.
Periodic presentations of the activities carried out for the verification of communication skills are scheduled. The ability to learn will eventually be verified during the individual activities planned for the preparation and discussion of the Thesis Work and of the final exam.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
The Master in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry is divided in 4 semesters during which 120 credits are provided. After two years of study which correspond to the Laurea Magistrale degree course the Master in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry is awarded.
4.2 Further Studies
The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
Graduates in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry are able to practice the profession after passing the examination of State Registration Section A of the Order of Engineers of the province of residence.
More information is available on the website: http://www.ordineingegneri.milano.it.
Moreover, under Article 32 of Decree Law n. 81/08 and subsequent amendments, those who possess the LM26 degree are exempted from attendance at training courses for RSPP (modules A and B).
5.2 Careers options and profiles
Graduates in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry will be appropriately placed within production units, civil protection entities and consultancy companies. The main tasks deal with safety planning and coordination, both in design and operational phases, safety-report writing for companies with high accident-risk probability, protection and prevention services, maintenance plan design and management.
Another great benefit of the use of new safety engineers may be derived from employment in organizations to which duties of diligence are institutionally entrusted and whose improvement is a strong need often reiterated in influential places.
As part of homeland safety, there are significant employment opportunities, especially following the recent regulations requiring the presence of professionals able to ensure compliance and effectiveness. These rules, as well as the set of all the instruments of command and control and volunteers, will require increasingly close relationship and integration between the skills of those who carry out their activities within and outside companies.
5.3 Qualification profile
Function in a work context
Professional figure with technical, management, and legal-administrative skills suitable for performing the following functions:
1) identify hazards, quantify and minimize risks, and prepare the necessary diagnostic, preventive, protective, and maintenance measures;
2) interact with other experts and with the public administration in order to make industrial plants compliant with other urban and territorial functions.
This is the "safety manager" and the "safety planner", technical figures already present in many countries of the European Union and in the United States.
Graduates in the Master's Degree in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry can practice their profession, upon examination of the State and enrollment in Section A of the Register of Engineers of the province of residence.
Moreover, under Article 32 of Decree-Law n. 81/08 and subsequent amendments, those who possess the LM26 degree are exempted from attendance at training courses for RSPP (modules A and B).
Skills associated with the function
- to face and manage the typical problems of the safety and protection field, from risk analysis to the analysis of chemical-physical phenomena of accidental events, to the use of investigation, monitoring, diagnostic, and evaluation tools;
- to plan action to reduce as far as possible the triggering conditions for accidents with can have territorial repercussions;
- to plan and implement safety organization, both in the design and operating phases;
- to prepare safety reports for companies that can be involved in major accidents;
- to organize the prevention and protection service;
Graduates in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry can be employed in industrial plants, civil protection agencies, and consulting companies.
Other areas of profitable employment of the new safety engineers derive from the insertion in the agencies to which they are institutionally entrusted with supervisory tasks. Furthermore, in the area of territorial safety, there are significant employment opportunities, especially following the recent regulations that require the presence of professional figures able to guarantee their respect and effectiveness. These regulations require a closer relationship and integration between the skills of those who carry out their activities inside and outside the companies.
6.1 Access requirements
First cycle degree (level 6 EQF) or comparable qualification
According to DM 270, to be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale (Master of Science) in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry, as well as to all other degree courses, it is necessary to hold the Bachelor degree or the University Diploma (three-year course), or another equivalent and recognized foreign degree.
Admission to the MSc degree is decided indisputably by an evaluation committee established for that purpose by the Committee on the Course of Study - in the absence of acceptable documentation showing exceptional elements justifying non-compliance to admissions criteria listed below as well as demonstration of the adequacy of education received, included in a written request – and will be based on the evaluation of the academic career.
The evaluation committee of the Committee on the Course of Study will define, based on each student’s transcript, the possible equivalence between certain required courses and those taken successfully in the undergraduate program. In the latter case, these required courses will be replaced by other courses of the student's choice among those proposed. The committee will also define, in accordance with regulations, individual study plans that block some elective choices and/or enable other courses provided by the School of Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.
The evaluation can be carried out under reserve also for students enrolled in Politecnico di Milano or other Universities BSc, if they are candidates in a Graduation session scheduled not later than 6 months, and not later than the deadline for the enrolment to the MSc program. The reserve is lifted when the BSc is earned. If the BSc is not earned before the deadline for the enrolment to the MSc program, the evaluation is lost and a new application for admission must be submitted.
For the students holding (or that will get) a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (L8; L9) awarded by Politecnico di Milano, the admission to the Master of Science degree will be granted without any compulsory prerequisite, provided that their average grade (weighted by the CFU of each exam) in the Bachelor of Science is >= 28/30.
The policies provided by the University on the requirements of a foreign language necessary for admission to MSc degree courses are provided in the document "Guide to foreign languages", edited from the Educational Area - Student Services and available on www.polimi.it site.
Candidates for admission are urged to read carefully the document indicated.
Admission will be allowed only to candidates with the English proficiency requirement at the level established by the School, under the general regulations of Politecnico.
6.2 Requested knowledge
Adequate preparation in (at the Laurea (BSc) level from an Engineering School) mathematics, chemistry, physics, fluid mechanics and solid mechanics is required.
Detailed information concerning the admission is available on the Guidance site (www.orientamento.polimi.it).
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
The Degree Programme in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry belongs to the School of Industrial and Information Engineering which establishes the programmed number of students each year.
Detailed information on deadlines and the student quota limits can be found in the Enrolment Guide ( http://www.polimi.it/en/english-version/ )
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The School of Engineering offers a range of activities for orientation and tutoring to the enrolled students. For more information please visit the following website: http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/.
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
The achievement of the Master of Science in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry requires the student to earn 120 credits (CFUs).
In particular, the Degree Programme requires 85 credits to be acquired in compulsory courses, namely:
- 50-60 credits in related subjects;
- 25-35 credits in integrative subjects on process engineering.
Other 20 credits are chosen by the student.
15 CFUs are also dedicated to the Master's degree thesis.
7.2 Mode of study
The Course requires full-time attendance and involves normal classroom time, topic-specific seminars with experts, and laboratory activities. Visits to industrial plants are also part of the curriculum.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
1 Year courses - Track: P2E - PROVENIENTI DA ING. CHIMICA
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|089653||C||ING-IND/24||TECNOLOGIE DI PRESIDIO PER I PROCESSI INDUSTRIALI A+B||2||10.0||10.0|
|052735||C||ING-IND/24||SICUREZZA DEI PROCESSI DISCONTINUI + SICUREZZA DEI REATTORI DISCONTINUI||2||10.0||10.0|
|TECNICA DELLA SICUREZZA E IGIENE INDUSTRIALE A+B||1||10.0||10.0|
|CHEMICAL PROJECTS ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT||1||10.0|
|058042||B||ING-IND/27||LABORATORIO DI CONTROLLO E STRUMENTAZIONE INDUSTRIALE||2||5.0|
|057990||B||ING-IND/25||PROCESS DESIGN: PRINCIPLES AND METHODS||2||5.0|
|057989||B||ING-IND/25||SUSTAINABLE PROCESS DESIGN FOR NATURAL GAS AND ENERGY CARRIERS||1||5.0|
|056223||B||IUS/07||DIRITTO PENALE ED ETICA DELL'INGEGNERE INDUSTRIALE||2||5.0|
|054179||B||IUS/07||IMPLICAZIONI LEGALI DELL'ESERCIZIO DELLA PROFESSIONE (LE RESPONSABILITA' DELL'INGEGNERE)||2||5.0|
|054247||C||ING-IND/24||MODELLAZIONE DELLE CONSEGUENZE DI INCIDENTI INDUSTRIALI||2||5.0|
1 Year courses - Track: P2G - PROVENIENTI DA ING. ELETTRICA
1 Year courses - Track: P2F - PROVENIENZA DIVERSA DA ING. CHIMICA E ING. ELETTRICA
2 Year courses - Track: P2E - PROVENIENTI DA ING. CHIMICA
2 Year courses - Track: P2G - PROVENIENTI DA ING. ELETTRICA
2 Year courses - Track: P2F - PROVENIENZA DIVERSA DA ING. CHIMICA E ING. ELETTRICA
Courses of the Group TAB. A
7.4 Foreign language
To be admitted to the Master of Science, students must be able to fluently use English. The level of knowledge should be certified by the candidate upon admission according to the standard fixed by the Politecnico’s Academic Policies. These are available on the Politecnico websites.
7.5 Degree examination
The final degree examination is the presentation and discussion of the independent work performed by the student during the thesis period. The final exam gives students an additional opportunity for further investigation and verification of analytical, developmental and communicative abilities demonstrated by their work. The final exam consists of the discussion and defense, before a commission, of the original results obtained during the thesis work. This activity must be coordinated by a professor of the university as thesis advisor.
The regulations approved by the School of Industrial and Information Engineering are reported in the document REGOLAMENTO D’ATENEO DEGLI ESAMI DI LAUREA E DI LAUREA MAGISTRALE con disposizioni specifiche della Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione available at the following link:
For the Study Programme, specific rules apply, which can be consulted in the document Regolamento Integrativo della Prova Finale di Laurea e Laurea Magistrale available at the following link:
Information on graduation, degree examination, English language skills, deadlines, and academic calendar is available at the following link: https://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/1/teaching/lectures-and-exams/degree-examinations
8. Academic calendar
The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.
The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme prospectus from the month of September.
The degree prospectus is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
Information concerning this topic is available in the Degree Prospectus.
The Degree Prospectus is published annually on the Politecnico di Milano website.
11. International context
Politecnico di Milano is presently performing benchmarking analyses with some of the most prominent international technical universities, on the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world.
ERASMUS Students of the Master degree in Safety and Prevention Engineering in the Process Industry of the Politecnico di Milano can achieve up to 30 CFU credits at one of the participating universities in mobility programmes approved by the Politecnico di Milano. The credits mentioned above must be achieved in courses approved by the International Mobility Commission of the Study Course. Students from other universities who want to earn credits at Politecnico di Milano are admitted after an evaluation of the curriculum by the International Mobility Commission of the Study Course.
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available in the Degree prospectus. The degree prospectus is published annually on the Politecnico di Milano website.
13. Quantitative data
The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.
14. Further information
15. Errata corrige