Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering


Fire engineers specialise in the application of science and engineering principles to protect people and their environment from destructive fire.

The Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering is open to graduates from relevant branches of engineering and covers all aspects of fire safety in buildings and other structures, human safety and risk assessment.

Some courses are offered in blocks and online learning software allows for flexible programmes of study. Students also complete a thesis or project.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:

Students wishing to enrol in postgraduate study must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of the prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course and a first aid certificate.

Applications for admission are considered twice each year (June and December) for studies commencing in February of the following year. Numbers are limited each year. Applications received during the year will be considered in the next application round. It is recommended that international students apply by June.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

The MEFE is made up of six courses and a thesis.

  • In the first half of the degree, students take block courses in areas such as fire dynamics and fire safety and systems.  Online learning software is used to allow flexible study. At least two courses each year are offered through a combination of guided self-study and intensive block courses.
  • The second half of the degree requires a thesis or project.


16 months to three years full-time. Students are expected to be enrolled on a continuous basis.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Engineering is also available.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering.

For study planning help contact the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering or:

College of Engineering
University of Canterbury
John Britten Building
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2608
Email engdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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