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2018: February
2 years
2018: A$13,700 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


Develop professional and advanced technical skills in this specialist fire science and technology discipline.

The Master of Engineering (Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering) will help you develop an edge over your peers in the market. This course allows you to:

  • graduate as a professional equipped to analyse and design cost-effective fire safety provisions in residential, commercial and industrial buildings
  • develop your ability to plan, design, critically analyse, coordinate and complete complex projects
  • develop research and reporting skills
  • gain specialist knowledge of topics relevant to fire safety.

Learn from the best

You'll be learning from the best when you study this course. Our staff and associates include industry-expert professors from partners CSIRO, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Victorian Building Authority and consulting engineering firms Umow Lai, Noel Arnolds and Associates, SKIP consulting, Scientific Fire Services and many more.

Course units will be delivered in burst mode.

First-year students will study the following units:

Second-year students will study the following units:

VU’s Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE), where this course is delivered, has an international reputation for multi-disciplinary research and graduate teaching programs.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Job titles

  • Registered Building Practitioner (Fire Safety Engineer) in Victoria. Prospective students should check with their state statutory bodies (such as Building Practitioners Board in Victoria) for any additional requirements.

If you have a bachelor degree in engineering, you may be certified as meeting Engineers Australia's National Competency Standards for Professional Engineer at Stage 2 on completion of this course.

Organisations that employ graduates of this course

As a fire safety professional, you could gain employment in private business, the public sector or the building industry. Many fire safety experts enjoy the benefits of self-employment and contracting.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering, students will be required to complete 192 credits points, consisting of:

  • 120 credit points of Core Fire Safety and Risk studies;

  • 24 credit points of Industrial Experience (VQB5773) studies, and;

  • 48 credit points of Research Project (VQT6061 and VQT6062) studies.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Students can exit with Graduate Certificate if the above units are completed.

Summer Units:

Students who have an engineering or science degree may receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) for VQB5781 and VQB5791.

Year 2, Semester 1

The following is available for full time students across semesters 1 & 2

Year 2, Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop advanced technical knowledge and skills in the specialist discipline of fire science and technology and apply to a range of building and structural settings; 
  2. Understand and apply legislation and fire safety engineering design codes; 
  3. As a team member develop the ability to plan, co-ordinate, complete and evaluate complex projects, taking into consideration social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts; 
  4. Apply the techniques and advanced modelling tools to analyse effectiveness of proposed fire safety design solutions; 
  5. Reflect how engineers apply rational engineering principles and techniques to identify cost-effective fire safety system designs; 
  6. Adopt sound research methodologies in the independent investigation of building and occupant characteristics and associated hazards; 
  7. Communicate verbally and in writing utilising a range of professional formats to a variety of associates including peers, professional and industry representatives and community members; 
  8. Apply the skills learnt within the course to a realistic research project; 
  9. Gain industry experience; 
  10. Demonstrate critical reflection of own learning goals and strategies in relation to career advancement.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.