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.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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.
Specific entry requirements
Candidates must normally 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.
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.
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 the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha 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, 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.
The MEFE duration is 16 months to 3 years full-time. Students are expected to be enrolled on a continuous basis.
90 points (six courses) can be selected from the following:
- ENCI 601 Risk Management
- ENFE 601 Structural Fire Engineering
- ENFE 602 Fire Dynamics
- ENFE 603 Fire Safety Systems
- ENFE 604 Fire Design Case Study
- ENFE 610 Advanced Fire Dynamics
- ENFE 613 Special Topic
- ENFE 614 Special Topic in Fire Engineering
And students must complete a thesis:
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering.
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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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 the College of Engineering:
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800