Fire Safety Engineering
This programme is offered by the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT), which is internationally recognised for research in fire dynamics, structural fire engineering, and human behaviour in fire. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of fire science and the technological principles and techniques relevant to the discipline of fire safety engineering.
You will benefit from the expertise and resources of FireSERT including our world-leading teaching staff and state-of-the-art experimental facilities. Learning and teaching is research-led and you will work closely with practitioners in developing fire safety strategies for real buildings.
There is strong demand for fire safety engineers. Graduates are employed in roles across the UK and worldwide e.g. as regulators, fire safety officers in the public and private sector, researchers in research and testing facilities, and fire brigade officers (UK and Europe). Alternatively, you may proceed to PhD studies in fire science and engineering related topics.
For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.
Fire Safety Engineering Design 1
This module seeks to develop an understanding of the role and working environment of a fire engineer and experience of identifying, solving and communicating issues relating to a fire safety design of a building. The learning and experience in this module will equip students to tackle the development of a fire safety engineering design solution for a more complex building in FIR702.
Fire Safety Engineering Design 2
This module seeks to develop in students the knowledge and experience in applying fire safety engineering approaches to the provision of fire safety in buildings. Students are exposed to an environment in which they experience the fire safety engineering design process within a comprehensive design exercise set at a high professional level.
Heat Transfer and Thermofluids
The module provides the fundamental knowledge of core engineering sciences i.e. heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and aims to develop practical skills pertained to these disciplines in the context relevant to fire safety engineering. The module materials were designed to develop a deep understanding of the physical phenomena underlying fluid flow and heat transfer in fire, their interrelations and role played at different stages of fire development. Teaching methods on the module comprise lectures, tutorials and assignments.
Fire dynamics as a field of scientific knowledge embraces most fundamental principles related to fire initiation, development, suppression and release of toxic products of combustion. The module presents students with the unified consideration of the above problems and relates them practical fire safety design procedures, studied later in the course. Emphasis is on deep understanding of physical and chemical processes underlying fire behaviour. A large number of practical calculation examples is offered to students in order to prepare them for real fire design challenges.
Structural Fire Engineering
This module considers durability, building code requirements, structural fire testing, material properties at elevated temperatures, thermally induced structural behaviour, in the context of structural design against fire.
People and Fire
Fire safety engineering is inherently concerned with the provision of equitable life safety options for all occupants of buildings. This module provides an understanding of human behaviour with respect to fire, the impact of fire on people and the complex interactions which exist. Students can then apply this knowledge in the development of reasonable and safe solutions to complex problems related to fire safety design and management of buildings.
Fire Engineering Laboratory
This module enables the student to acquire skills in observing, measuring and analysing physical and chemical attributes of behaviour associated with fire processes. It will also equip students with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the techniques required to conduct and interpret results from experimental research.
Active Fire Protection Systems
Active fire protection is an integral and important part of overall fire safety design. The module provides students with the essential knowledge of methods and technologies currently used for active fire protection. Relevant physical/chemical principles underlying fire suppression techniques are emphasized. Practical examples are introduced in order to familiarize students with the real design procedures for fire protection systems.
Research and Dissertation
This module enables the student to undertake an independent in-depth study of a particular aspect of fire safety science and engineering. It facilitates development of skills in problem solving and decision making whilst also refining other skills including investigative and evaluative skills. Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject researched, skills in critical analysis and use of contemporary investigative methods. Students are required to display these skills in written and oral format that will clearly display analysis of the principal arguments and conclusions of their work.
Research and Dissertation (Specialism)
This module is optional
This module enables the student to undertake an independent, sustained, in-depth and rigorous piece of novel investigative research of a particular aspect of fire safety science and engineering. It facilitates development of skills in problem solving and decision making whilst also refining other skills including investigative and evaluative skills. Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject researched, skills in critical analysis and use of investigative methods. Students are required to display these skills in written and oral format that will clearly display analysis of the principal arguments and conclusions of their work.
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.
These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.
(a) have gained:
(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree in a related science or engineering discipline from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
(ii) have gained an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;
b) hold an A level pass in GCE Mathematics at Grade C or alternatively the applicant's primary degree must have a significant mathematics base to at least A level standard.
If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.
Visit ulster.ac.uk/englishrequirements for more details.
For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).
Start Date: September 2023.
Post Course Info
There is strong demand for well educated fire safety engineers, and the majority of students will embark on a career within a fire safety engineering consultancy. Graduates from the Ulster course are also employed in other interesting and diverse careers in fields related to fire safety both in the UK and worldwide e.g. as regulators, fire safety officers in both the public and private sector, researchers in research and testing facilities, and fire brigade officers both in the UK and Europe. Opportunities also exist within the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology centre (FireSERT) for PhD studies in a wide range of fire science and engineering related topics.