Master of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

FEM (Full-time)
FSM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

For local students
12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)
For non-local students
12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$4,500 per credit for local students
HK$5,000 per credit for non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Ir Dr Lui Che-heng, Gigi
BEng(Hons), 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 or 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 Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) exit award.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

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 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 industries 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.


Programme Structure

Students can select from a wide range of subjects, each of which normally requires 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, and at least 3 other Core Subjects, including at least one of the two subjects, Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment and Control (BSE558) and Safety Management Systems and Safety Auditing (BSE559), plus 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, and at least 4 other Core Subjects, including at least one of the two subjects, Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment and Control (BSE558) and Safety Management Systems and Safety Auditing (BSE559).


Core Areas of Study

This 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 Engineering

  • Fire Modelling
  • Fire Safety Management
  • Engineering Performance-based Fire Codes
  • Fire Engineering Systems
  • Building Fire Safety Design
  • Fire Hazard Assessment


Safety Engineering

  • Risk Analysis
  • Safety Management
  • Safety Auditing
  • Accident Prevention
  • Safety in Construction Sites
  • Occupational Health & Ergonomics


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours in fire engineering, safety engineering, building services engineering, construction, architecture, building surveying, building technology, applied science, engineering, physics or chemistry; or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications). 

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further information on academic matters, please contact: 
Ir Dr Lui Che-heng, Gigi (tel: (852) 2766 7959; email:

Student Message

This MSc programme has broadened my knowledge and facilitated my understanding of fire and safety engineering. I am now more than capable of handling the challenges arising from fire safety, and of liaising with other fire safety professionals effectively. I also made new friends in various disciplines and enriched my network. 

Chan Chi Shing

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

No information is available at present.

Programme Leaflet

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