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PSA course becomes master's programme

The collaboration between the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the University of Statvanger (UiS) has taken an important step forward through the establishment of an experience-based master’s programme in risk management and safety leadership. The programme is directly based on the PSA’s core areas.


The PSA has collaborated with UiS for several years on formalising prior learning and work experience in the organisation in the core areas.

The collaboration was established in 2005 and has since led to the introduction of study modules in investigation methodology, audit methodology, risk management, risk analyses and human factors/HTO.

More than 70 PSA employees have participated in one or more of these modules up to now.

PSA disciplines
Now that UiS has decided to establish a so-called experience-based master’s programme in risk management and safety leadership, this is a concrete result of the collaboration with the PSA. The master’s programme has a scope of 90 credits and leads to a master’s degree in risk management and safety leadership.

Øyvind Tuntland, PSA director for professional competence, believes the establishment of a separate master’s programme in risk management and safety leadership is very positive.

“Formalising prior learning and work experience”
“This is something we have wanted for a long time. We place great emphasis on formalising prior learning and work experience in the organisation and encourage our employees to attend courses and continue their education. With this master’s programme in place, our employees will be able to do a master’s degree based on the PSA’s core disciplines,” says Tuntland.

In addition to formalising existing knowledge and experience in the PSA, the collaboration with UiS contributes to creating a common standard and quality level for employees with different training/education and backgrounds.

“This will make our products even better,” says Tuntland.

An experience-based master’s in risk management and safety leadership is related to the safety discipline groups at both the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Technology, and is coordinated by the Centre of Risk Management and Societal Safety (SEROS).