Master's degree program
Safety and Disaster Management

Interdisciplinary. Research-led. Practical.

Our society is affected by simultaneously occurring and cross-system crises, such as climate change, armed conflicts and pandemics. The risks from industrial plants, but also of new technological developments (energy transition), must be anticipated, socially assessed and managed in the best possible way. The demand for technically skilled, highly qualified key personnel is greater than ever.

Our graduates are in great demand on the job market!

The University of Leoben is known for its top positions within worldwide university rankings. Together with our cooperation partners Geosphere Austria, EURECA-PRO, Zentrum am Berg, TÜV-Süd and VÖSI, we offer well founded training for future decision makers within the framework of Safety and Disaster Studies.

Take the helm in a crisis!

Finding solutions when others are at a loss - crisis management requires not only broad-based knowledge, systematic thinking and the ability to network across disciplines, but also a high level of leadership skills.

No one becomes a crisis manager overnight. Rather, the path to becoming one goes hand in hand with a personal development process in the course of which one learns to maintain the ability to reflect in critical situations and thus make rational decisions.


Safety and Disaster Management (SDM)

Ordinary Master's program leading to the degree of Master of Science (MSc.)

PANK Postgraduate Master Program

Part-time Master's program leading to the degree of Master of Engineering (MEng.)
  • Will expire
  • Duration: 4 semesters (part-time)
  • Scope: 96 ECTS
  • Language: German
  • Costs: 16.800 EUR

PANK Academic Expert Training

Academic process and plant safety technician, emergency and disaster manager
  • Will expire
  • Duration: 3 semesters (part-time)
  • Scope: 62 ECTS
  • Language: German
  • Costs: 10.500 EUR

Persons responsible

Foto von Michael Hohenberger

Micha­el Hohen­ber­ger


Michael Hohenberger (Dipl.-Ing.), PhD student and university assistant in the field of process and plant safety at the Chair of Thermal Processing Technology at the University of Leoben, studies: Industrial Environmental Protection and Process Engineering. With research interests in industrial fire and explosion protection and the current topics; investigation of fire risks in waste management, assessment methods for the efficiency of extinguishing agents and impact assessments of industrial accidents.

Alek­san­dra Seme­no­va


Aleksandra Semenova (MSc), PhD student and university assistant in the field of process and plant safety at the Chair of Thermal Process Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben with a Bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in the field of construction and repair of oil and gas transportation and storage
facilities with the focus on the removal and recovery of unwanted or excess vapors present in crude oil or distillate tanks in Saint Petersburg Mining university and International MSc ‘Engineering Geoecology’ in Montanuniversität Leoben, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and SaintPetersburg Mining University with the focus on processing of mining waste.

Harald Raupenstrauch

Harald Rau­pen­strauch

Univ.-Prof. Dr., Chair and head of department, Programme Director

Harald Raupenstrauch (Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.), studied process engineering at Graz University of Technology, Professor and Head of the Chair of Thermal Processing Technology and Head of the Department of Environmental and Energy Process Engineering at Leoben University of Mining and Metallurgy, Head of the PANK university course and the associated Master's course in Safety and Disaster Management, several visiting professorships in the USA, UK and the Netherlands. Recognised expert with numerous publications in the field of thermoprocess technology and process and plant safety.

Rena­te Ren­ner

Dr. PhD, Senior Scientist

Renate Renner (Mag.a phil. rer.soc.oec.), sociologist (Karl-Franzens-University Graz and Nord University, Norway) with a doctorate in social and economic sciences within the framework of the doctoral programme `Sustainable Development`, with a professional focus on inter- and transdisciplinary research at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna and Wageningen University (Netherlands). Mediator and psychotherapist - Analytical psychologist in training under supervision (ÖGAP).
Research between 2011 and 2020 at the Karl Franzens University of Graz with a focus on risk prevention in the field of natural hazards. Currently Senior Scientist at the University of Leoben with a focus on risk communication and resilience. Subject leader of the social science focus of the PANK studies and PANK study coordinator. Member of the Austrian Society for Analytical Psychology. Part-time psychotherapist and analyst in training under supervision in Graz.