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. You will also complete a thesis or project.
You will normally need to have completed one of the following:
- Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with First or Second Class Honours
- Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in appropriate subjects.
You must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of your prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate. The programme of study must be approved.
IF English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form for the MEFE from Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering website.
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.
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The MEFE is made up of six courses and a thesis.
- In the first half of the degree, you will 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.
The MEFE duration is 16 months to 3 years full-time. It is expected that you will be enrolled on a continuous basis.
90 points (six courses) can be selected from the following:
- ENFE601 Structural Fire Engineering
- ENFE602 Fire Dynamics
- ENFE603 Fire Safety Systems
- ENFE605 Fire Safety Engineering Design
- ENFE610 Advanced Fire Dynamics
- ENFE618 Advanced Structural Fire Engineering
- ENFE675 Independent Course of Study
- ENFE681 Fire Project
- ENFE682 Fire Project
And you must complete a thesis:
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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering.
For study planning help, contact Te Tari Pūhanga Metarahi, Rawa Taiao | Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
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