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

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, 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

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (US$ 20,511) per year
HK $5,300 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

30 April 2021

More details

Start date

September 2021

Venue

Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ZS1201, 12/F, South Tower, Block Z,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold: A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are: An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

For international students

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).

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).

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About this uni

2020 QS World University Rankings place FCE 19th for civil and structural engineering and 22nd for architecture/built environment.

  • Based in Hong Kong, one of the best student cities
  • Internationally recognised programmes
  • Cutting-edge labs and outstanding facilities
  • HK’s largest education and research provider for construction