Fire Safety influences various aspects of the built environment – from the design of modern skyscrapers to the materials chosen to fabricate aeroplanes.

These programmes equip Engineers and Engineering Students with the necessary fundamental skills and knowledge to develop comprehensive Fire Safety Strategies for a broad range of projects. The areas of study include the fundamental processes governing ignition, fire growth, and the behaviour of structures during and after a fire. The course programme develops the design principles required for applying Fire Safety Engineering in the built environment.

The University of Queensland offers distinct programmes in Fire Safety Engineering:

BE(Hons)/ME in Civil and Fire safety engineering

The Bachelor (Honours) and Master of Engineering, 5-year full-time program (80 units) combines Civil Engineering with additional courses in Fire Safety Engineering.

The combined degree provides one course in year 3, two courses in year 4, and three courses in year 5. In addition, to obtain the BE-ME, students will be required to take an 8-unit Research Thesis in the area of Fire Safety Engineering (FIRE7500).

BE-ME Civil+Fire information and outline.

The Fire courses available in the BE-ME are:

Year 3

  • Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering (FIRE3700)

Year 4

  • Fire Engineering Design: Solutions for Implicit Safety (FIRE4610)
  • Fire Dynamics (FIRE7620)

Year 5

  • Fire Dynamics Laboratory (FIRE7640)
  • Structural Fire Engineering (FIRE7660)
  • Fire Engineering Design: Explicit Quantification of Safety (FIRE7680)
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MEngSc in Fire safety engineering

The 24-unit program (1.5 years full-time and 3 years part-time) Master of Engineering Science in Fire Safety Engineering covers key Fire Safety Engineering courses. This program equips students with the necessary fundamental skills and knowledge to develop comprehensive Fire Safety Strategies for a broad range of projects.

The program also covers 8 units of courses in other engineering disciplines. In addition, during semesters 2 and 3, students will be required to take a 4-unit Research Thesis in the area of Fire Safety Engineering (FIRE7511).

The MEngSc (Fire Safety Engineering) information and outline.

The compulsory Fire courses in the MEngSc are:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

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Continuing professional development (CPD) courses

The University of Queensland regularly offers CPD courses in Fire safety engineering.

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International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE)

The University of Queensland is an associated partner of the IMFSE.

Every year an IMFSE student is hosted at UQ for their 4th semester focused on developing a research thesis (30 credits) supervised by the academics in the Fire Safety Engineering Research Group.

Read more information regarding the structure of the IMFSE.

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Graduate Certificate in Fire Safety (GCFS) - THIS PROGRAM NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED

Note:  This program is not currently offered

The 8-unit program Graduate Certificate in Fire Safety has been developed with (and tailored to) the needs of the Australian Fire Services. The three-week intensive programme provides the opportunity for professionals in fire safety to broaden their knowledge, skills and practice – and to develop their careers.

The Graduate Certificate introduces core concepts in the assessment and delivery of a fire safety strategy, together with emerging directions and innovative practices. Students also complete an “in work” project that allows them to develop and apply their new knowledge and skills in a practical environment and under the mentorship of academic staff.

Currently, this program is available only to applicants proposed by Australian Fire and Rescue Services. If you feel this program would be beneficial to you or your staff, then please contact us directly for discussion – if there is sufficient interest, then we may be able to run additional programs.

Graduate Certificate information and outline.

The Fire Courses in the Graduate Certificate are:

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