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Bachelor's Degree in Safety, Security and Risk Management

Become an expert on general preparedness and resilience in the society and achieve a business mindset to maximize your chances of success.

Basic information 

Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Safety, Security and Risk Management
Degree title: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Duration of studies: 210 ECTS, 3,5 years

You may work, for example, in safety, security and risk management planning, development and expert jobs in companies or as a consultant. You may also be employed at schools or companies as a trainer in the field or in a public authority position related to preparedness or public safety.

In this programme you acquire a high level of integrity and critical understanding of risk management, and the ability to apply this knowledge in both private and public sectors. You’ll achieve a business mindset to maximize your chances of success, and you’ll gain the skills to develop and lead high-quality safety and security functions now and in the future.

Programme content

The scope of this programme is 210 ECTS. It is composed of compulsory core competencies, complementary competencies, two work placements and a final thesis. At Laurea, you will have flexible possibilities to build your competence.

Core competence studies

Business Operations
During these studies, you will develop interactive skills and competences in business, entrepreneurship and project work and learn to recognize and evaluate opportunities in the business environment and analyze and assess the prerequisites for successful business.

Basics of Safety, Security and Risk Management
You will learn fundamental corporate and organizational safety, security and risk management theory and tools. You will also learn preparedness, information and cyber security compliance requirements ,best practices and development,. The studies also include the basics of leadership and you will develop your communication in English.

Sustainability and Business Analysis
During these studies, your skills in service business are strengthened. After completing the module, you are able to create value for customers in service business and use various tools in service design and digital marketing. You will also learn about sustainability, corporate responsibility, and circular business in organizations.

Expert in a Work Community (work placements)
Your studies include two work placements, each worth 15 ECTS, which translates to 400 hours of work. You may choose to complete the placements separately or combine them to a single, 30 ECTS or 800 hour placement period.

Expert in Development and Workplace Innovation (including your Bachelor's Thesis)
These studies will develop your abilities in studying individually and in teams, carrying out research and development work and supporting your career development and work identity. The degree includes a thesis amounting to 15 ECTS in which you demonstrate your expertise in your field. The thesis may be a workplace research or development project or it can also be completed by participating in the university of applied sciences' research and development activities.

Com­ple­men­tary competence studies

The rest of the degree (60 ECTS) consists of elective complementary competence studies. A degree certificate in Degree Programme in Security, Safety and Risk Management is granted only if the student has completed at least 45 ECTS complementary competence studies related to Security, Safety and Risk Management. The remaining 15 ECTS may consist of any complementary studies, such as language studies or studies in other fields.

You can choose from the following studies:

Corporate Safety and Security
Studies include corporate and organizational safety and compliance requirements and best practices, risk assessment, management, planning  and development. The main fields are information and cyber security management as well as occupational safety, health and quality. You will learn to define corporate and organizational safety and security compliance requirements, best practices and apply those. After these studies, you are also able to assess and manage risks related to corporate and organizational safety and security.

Preparedness in Society
Studies include international security, critical infrastructure protection and crime prevention, compliance requirements and best practices, risk assessment and management and assessment and development. After these studies, you know how to define international security, critical infrastructure protection and crime prevention phenomena, compliance requirements, best practices and apply those. You will learn to analyse global threats and their impact to societies and assess and manage critical infrastructure’s risk and crime risks.

Risk Management
Studies include compliance requirements and best practices in risk, safety and security management, business continuity and environmental risk management. You will learn to plan, assess and develop risk, safety and security management, business continuity and environmental risk management as part of the operations of a corporation or organization.

Com­ple­men­tary studies from Business In­for­ma­tion Technology
After completion of specific preliminary studies, you may also study Cybersecurity- and Information Security studies offered by the Business Information Technology degree programme.

El­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments for separate ap­pli­ca­tion bachelor's degree

An applicant should have completed one of the following degrees: 
•    the syllabus of the Finnish upper secondary school or a matriculation examination 
•    an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree 
•    a European Baccalaureate (EB) degree 
•    Bachelor degree in all countries 
•    Master degree in all countries 
•    a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree 
•    a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credits or 180 competence points or an equivalent prior Finnish vocational qualification with a scope of a minimum of 80 credits 
•    a Finnish post-secondary level degree or a vocational tertiary level degree 
•    a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification or an equivalent prior qualification completed in the form of a competence demonstration 
•    a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, postgraduate licentiate and doctoral degrees. 
•    foreign education that in the country in question provides eligibility to apply to studies in higher education institutions. 

If the language of the degree certificate is not Finnish, Swedish, or English, the applicant must also submit a copy of a translation of the degree certificate, prepared by an official translator. The translation should carry the translator’s name and stamp. 

Laurea University of Applied Sciences verifies the applicants’ eligibility to apply before student admission to the degree awarding program. Admission is conditional until the original eligibility providing degree certificates used in the application have been verified.
Student admission  

The entrance examination focuses on the applicant’s aptitude to the mathematical-logical reasoning, study readiness and English language skills and the aptitude for the field of study and general study readiness.  

Language certificate requirements

The applicants are also required to have a B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)) proficiency of English language before they are admitted to the degree program.  

The applicants must prove their English language skills by an internationally recognized language test: 

•    IELTS Academic*: a minimum total score of 6.0 (Test sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) 
•    TOEFL Academic (iBT)*: a minimum total score of 60 (Test sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) 
•    PTE Academic*: a minimum total score of 55 (Test sections: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening) 
•    Cambridge English Scale Score: a minimum total score of 169 (Test sections: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) 
   * IELTS Academic UKVI, IELTS Online, PTE Academic Online and TOEFL iBT Home Edition are also accepted. 

There are no expiration dates, but the language test results must be verifiable from the online verification service of the organizer. If the test scores can no longer be verified, the test is not valid. The applicant must make sure that the test results are not too old. 
Content of the entrance examinations vary: 
•    Aptitude to the sector
•    Mathematical-logical reasoning  
•    Mathematic skills 
•    Learning and working skills 
•    English language skills, including oral and written language skills. 

Each section of the entrance examinations must be passed at an approved level. 
Student admission is based on the entrance examination, English language skills requirements, and the eligibility of applicants provided by law. The applicant must pass all parts of the entrance examinations.  

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