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Fire Safety Engineering

This course aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of fire science and the technological principles and techniques relevant to the exciting and developing discipline of fire safety engineering.

Offered by the internationally recognised Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT), you will benefit from the expert teaching staff, experimental facilities and internationally recognised research in the fields of fire dynamics, structural fire engineering and human behaviour in fire, that it brings.

You will have the opportunity to use FireSERT's state-of-the-art experimental facilities in taught modules and research dissertations and get to work closely with practitioners in developing fire safety strategies for real buildings.

There is strong demand internationally for fire safety engineers, with most graduates embarking on a career within engineering consultancy. Graduates are also employed as regulators, fire safety officers in both the public and private sector, researchers in research and testing facilities, and fire officers. 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.

Accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI)on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration for CEng (Chartered Engineer).

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants should:

(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 4 or alternatively the applicant's primary degree must have a significant mathematics base to at least A level standard.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Duration

Attendance

Part-time
The PGDip/MSc Fire Safety Engineering is a linked programme of awards. The PGDip is completed in part-time mode over two academic years with students then progressing to MSc and undertaking their Master's Dissertation in the 3rd year. Attendance at class is normally scheduled from 9.15 to 6.15 on Mondays in the first year and Tuesdays in the 2nd year. In the 3rd year (Dissertation) a series of classes will be organised over 2-3 days early in the first semester, after which time formal attendance, other than that scheduled for meeting with supervisors, and eg laboratory time, is not required. From time to time lectures may be scheduled on days of the week, other than those given above. Throughout the course, you are expected to be in attendance at all scheduled classes and also to spend significant time in independent study (about 400 hours over the duration of each semester).

To facilitate the busy professional and those from further afield, the PG Dip/MSc Fire Safety Engineering programme is also offered biennually in part-time block release mode. In this mode the eight taught modules are delivered in two week blocks at the beginning of the 1st and 2nd semester for two years. Coursework is completed throughout the respective semesters and examinations taken at the end of the semesters in exactly the same manner as with other modes of study. For students progressing to MSc dissertation, visits to the University will be dependent on the nature of the research methods used.

Full-time
The PGDip/MSc Fire Safety Engineering is a linked programme of awards. The PGDip is completed in full-time mode over 2 semesters, with students then progressing to MSc and undertaking their Master's Dissertation in the 3rd semester. The MSc therefore is one calendar year. Attendance at class is normally scheduled from 9.15 to 6.15 on Mondays and Tuesdays. From time to time other lectures will be scheduled on other days of the week. You are expected to be in attendance at all scheduled classes and also to spend significant time in independent study (about 400 hours over the duration of each semester).

Careers or further progression

Career options

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.

Further enquiries

Contact
Admissions
Dorothy McCrory
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6231
E: de.mccrory@ulster.ac.uk

Dr Karen Boyce
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8703
E: ke.boyce@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Year one

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
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.

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 Control 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.

Year two

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 Safety Engineering Design
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.

Computer Modelling in Fire Engineering
This module is optional
With recent advent in computer technology and better understanding of the underlying theory relating to the fire phenomenon, computer modelling plays an increasingly important role in fire research, particularly for applications where full-scale experiments are too expensive or dangerous. The increased interest in computer modelling has led to the rapid development of various computer programmes, most of which have been used in practical designs. An understanding of the fundamental theory and practical techniques is essential in order to conduct meaningful computer modelling and more importantly to analyse and critically evaluate the simulation results. This module provides such an understanding through lecturing as well as hands-on practice.

Industrial Fire Safety
This module is optional
This module considers fire resistance construction, smoke isolation and venting, ware house storage, storage and special commodities, flammable liquid ignitability and liquid storage and explosion.

Year three

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 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.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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