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What will I learn?

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.

Characteristics

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

Curriculum

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (16,15,197) per year
HK $5,300 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

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; OR

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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
OR
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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