Course essentials

VU course code:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
2 years full time or longer for part time

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 objectives

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.

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

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.
  • 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.

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

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