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    Full-time: 16 months - 3 years, Part-time: 2-4 years

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Fire engineers specialise in the application of science and engineering principles to protect people and their environment from destructive fire.
The Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering is open to graduates from relevant branches of Engineering and covers all aspects of fire safety in buildings and other structures, human safety and risk assessment.
In the first half of the degree, students take block courses in areas such as fire dynamics and fire safety and systems. Online learning software is used to allow flexible programmes of study. At least two courses each year are offered through a combination of guided self-study and intensive block courses.
The second half of the degree requires a thesis or project.
A Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Engineering is also available.

Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:
*Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with first or second class honours
*Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering or Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering, with a GPA or 5 or more
*Bachelor of Science with Honours in appropriate subjects.

Students wishing to enrol in postgraduate study must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of the prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course and a first aid certificate.
Applications for admission are considered twice each year (June and December) for studies commencing in February of the following year.
Numbers are limited each year.
Applications received during the year will be considered in the next application round. It is recommended that international students apply by June.

Qualification structure and duration
The degree comprises six courses from the below and a thesis:
*ENCI601 Risk Assessment
*ENFE601 Structural Fire Engineering
*ENFE602 Fire Dynamics
*ENFE603 Fire Safety Systems
*ENFE604 Fire Design Case Study
*ENFE610 Advanced Fire Dynamics
*ENFE612 Special Topic
*ENFE613 Special Topic: Human Behaviour in Fire
*ENFE614 Special Topic
*ENFE690 (full-time students)

16 months to three years full-time or two to four years part-time. Students are expected to be enrolled on a continuous basis.





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