Profile of the Programme
The Fire Safety Engineer understands and applies Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), i.e. the application of engineering principles, rules and expert judgement based on a scientific appreciation of the fire phenomena, of the effects of fire and of the reaction and behaviour of people, in order to:
- save life, protect property and preserve the environment and heritage;
- quantify the hazards and risk of fire and its effects;
- evaluate analytically the optimum protective and preventative measures necessary to limit, within prescribed levels, the consequences of fire.
These objectives are achieved by:
- the assessment of the potential hazards and risks of fire and its effects;
- the mitigation of potential fire damage by proper design, construction, arrangement and use of buildings, materials, structures, industrial processes, transportation systems;
- the determination of the appropriate level of evaluation for the optimum preventive and protective measures necessary to limit the consequences of fire;
- the design, installation, maintenance and/or development of fire detection, fire suppression, fire control and fire related communication systems and equipment;
- the direction and control of appropriate equipment and manpower in the strategy and function of firefighting and rescue operations;
- post-fire investigation and analysis, evaluation and feedback.
The Postgraduate Studies in Fire Safety Engineering covers these topics. The target group includes fire safety consultants, fire prevention officers, building designers, architectural practitioners, etc. By the end of the studies, a Fire Safety Engineer:
- understands the nature and characteristics of fire and the mechanisms of fire spread and the control of fire and the associated products of combustion;
- understands how fires originate, spread within and outside buildings/structures, and can be detected, controlled, and/or extinguished;
- is able to anticipate the behaviour of materials, structures, machines, apparatus, and processes as related to the protection of life, property and the environment from fire;
- has an understanding of the interactions and integration of fire safety systems and all other systems in buildings, industrial structures and similar facilities;
- is able to make use of all of the above and any other required knowledge to undertake the practice of fire engineering.
Registration is possible and the program can be attended in a modular way.
Information regarding the Alternating Aspect of the Study Programme
The equivalent of a full academic year is covered over a period of 2 years. The courses with "1" under PT 2Y are taught in the odd years and the courses with "2" in the even years.