Safety and Risk Engineering

Graduate Diploma

Program Overview

Safety and Risk concerns are of paramount importance in a wide variety of complex engineering activities such as offshore operations, petroleum refining, and mineral processing. Today, there is a wide range of techniques available to assess safety, risk and reliability, both in relation to design as well as day-to-day operations. The use of these techniques is now an integral part of safety related regulations of hazardous facilities and operations.

Memorial University's Graduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Engineering is designed to give a thorough understanding of these techniques and their application to a variety of real-world problems. The program is the only one of its kind in Canada. It aims to provide students with a good grounding in safety and risk engineering in both a qualitative and quantitative manner, and to develop the skills to apply this understanding. The programme will also introduce students to recent developments in analytical techniques, e.g. computer modelling of risk, reliability and safety problems, dynamic risk analysis, etc.

The program is intended, though not limited, to working professionals to advance their understanding and skill related to safety and risk engineering. The knowledge acquired through the program will enhance the skills of engineers in the process industries, oil and gas service and operating companies, mineral processing, engineering consultants, and also government services. This graduate diploma builds around the knowledge and understanding of accident modelling, process and offshore safety issues. It also covers engineering and human factors associated with the safety and risk assessment. There is no thesis requirement for the graduate diploma.

This Graduate Diploma program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. There is no funding support for this program.

The following topics will be covered in detail in different courses of the diploma program:

  • Accident modelling
  • Process safety
  • Electrostatic hazards and their prevention
  • Safety instrumented system
  • Offshore safety
  • Fire and explosion engineering
  • Emergency situation assessment and management
  • Human factor assessment
  • Reliability assessment
  • Structural safety and integrity assessment
  • Quantitative risk assessment and management
  • Probabilistic risk modeling and its application in safety and structure design
  • Environment risk assessment
  • Risk-based asset integrity assessment and management
  • Risk-based safety measure design
  • Program Requirements

There is an 15 credit hour requirement for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Engineering. A student must complete 9 credits hours from a list of prescribed core courses (Group A), and 6 credit hours from a list of prescribed electives (Group B), as follows:

Group A Courses: Three core courses (three credit hours per course)
ENGI 9115 – Safety and Risk Engineering
ENGI 9121 – Advanced Safety and Risk Engineering
ENGI 9411 – Probabilistic Methods in Engineering

Group B Courses: Two elective courses from the following list (three credit hours per course)
ENGI 9116 – Reliability Engineering
ENGI 9516 – Similitude, Modelling and Experimental Data Analysis
ENGI 9609 – Environmental Risk Assessment
ENGI 9622 – Environmental Statistics

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to a Graduate Diploma program, the minimum requirements will normally be a second-class engineering degree from a university of recognized standing.

A candidate admitted to a Graduate Diploma program, who has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Faculty, may be permitted subsequently to transfer his/her candidature to that of a master's degree in the affiliated program area and will thereafter be awarded only the master's degree at the end of his/her candidature.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma program may transfer the course credits earned towards a master's degree if these credits meet the requirements of the master's in the affiliated area.


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

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