Master of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 04001
Duration & Credit Requirement
1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)
For local students
For non-local students
HK$3,500 per credit for local students
HK$4,000 per credit for non-local students
Dr Fong Nai Kong
BEng, PhD, MHKIE
- This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their studies in either the full-time or part-time mode. Depending on their pace of study, they should normally be able to complete the programme full time in 1 year and part time in 2.5 years. Students are required to attend classes in the daytime and evening if they choose the full-time mode.
- This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.
- There is a provision for a PgD exit award.
Aims & Characteristics
We enhance the professional knowledge and skills of students in fire and safety engineering, and develop their learning attitudes, study skills, and intellectual and imaginative powers. This programme concentrates on fundamental analysis and the development of fire and safety science and engineering concepts. It also advances quality teaching in the new topic of engineering performance-based fire codes. In safety engineering, the focus is on improving the safety of buildings. Accident prevention, hazard assessment, risk analysis, safety management and auditing, and safety in construction sites are also covered. The programme caters not only for graduates and professionals in building services engineering, but also for those in the broader industry sectors of construction, architecture, surveying and applied sciences.
We offer in-depth knowledge of fire and safety engineering. Students take subjects that are related to general building services engineering practices and come to appreciate how fire and safety designs are integrated into buildings. This programme also helps students to develop research techniques and critical thinking skills.
Recognition & Prospects
Accreditation by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration.
Students can select from a wide range of subjects, with each normally requiring 39 hours of attendance over a 13-week semester.
For the MSc with Dissertation
Students must complete 7 taught subjects, including 3 specified compulsory Core Subjects plus at least 3 other Core Subjects, including at least one of the two subjects, Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment & Control (BSE558) and Safety Management Systems & Safety Auditing (BSE559), and a Dissertation that is relevant to their area of specialisation.
For the MSc without Dissertation
Students must complete 10 taught subjects, including 3 specified compulsory Core Subjects plus at least 4 other Core Subjects, including at least one of the two subjects, Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment & Control (BSE558) and Safety Management Systems & Safety Auditing (BSE559).
Students can exit at the PgD level, having satisfactorily completed 7 taught subjects, including 3 specified compulsory Core Subjects plus at least 3 other Core Subjects, including at least one of the two subjects, Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment & Control (BSE558) and Safety Management Systems & Safety Auditing (BSE559).
Core Areas of Study
The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects available for selection upon registration.
- Fire Modelling
- Fire Safety Management
- Engineering Performance-based Fire Codes
- Fire Engineering Systems
- Building Fire Safety Design
- Fire Hazard Assessment
- Risk Analysis
- Safety Management
- Safety Auditing
- Accident Prevention
- Safety in Construction Sites
- Occupational Health & Ergonomics
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.bse.polyu.edu.hk/programmes/SubjectCode/index.html.
- A Bachelor's degree with Honours in architecture, fire engineering, safety engineering, building services engineering, construction, building surveying, building technology, applied science, engineering, physics or chemistry;
- A professional qualification plus relevant work experience that is related to the construction industry, such as full membership of the HKIE, HKIS, HKIA, CIBSE, CIOB, IMechE, ICE, IStructE or IEE.
Evidence of an employer's support or sponsorship is an advantage, and relevant work experience in a fire engineering or safety engineering-related role is preferred.
Mature candidates who have experience in fire and safety engineering, but who lack formal qualifications, may be admitted subject to an interview and a review of their experience.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
No information is available at present.