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

We are currently accepting applications for this course


Develop your professional and advanced technical skills in a specialist discipline (fire science and technology) with a Master of Engineering (Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering) and gain market edge for yourself above your peers.

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.

Course delivery in 2018

Units of the course will be delivered in burst mode.

First year students will study the following units:

Second year students will study the following units:

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Job titles

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

As a graduate, you may be certified as meeting Engineers Australia's National Competency Standards for Professional Engineer at Stage 2 if you have a bachelor degree in engineering.

Organisations employing 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.


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.

Learn from the best

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 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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree. Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and two to four years full-time work experience post-graduation.
  • International: In addition to satisfying the Bachelor/Honours Degree admission requirements, International Students must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
  • Mature: Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate in Performance-Based Building in Fire Codes with honours average. Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and two to four years full-time work experience post-graduation.

English language requirements

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.