Faculty of Construction and Environment

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time) 
2.5 years (Part-time)



  • This is a mixed-mode programme, and thus students can pursue their studies in either a full-time or part-time mode. Typically, students are able to complete the programme full time in 1 year or part time in 2.5 years. Students in the full-time mode are required to attend classes in the daytime and evening.

  • There is a provision for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) exit award.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The programme aims to enhance the professional knowledge and skills of students in fire and safety engineering, and improve their learning attitudes, study skills, and intellectual and imaginative powers. The programme focuses on fundamental analysis and development of fire and safety science, and engineering concepts. It also offers high-quality teaching in the new topic of engineering performance-based fire codes. In safety engineering, the focus is on improving the safety of buildings, and accident prevention, hazard assessment, risk analysis, safety management and auditing, and safety in construction sites are also covered. Overall, the programme caters not only to graduates and professionals in building services engineering and fire and safety engineering, but also to those in the broader industries of construction, architecture, surveying and applied sciences.



Students gain in-depth knowledge of fire and safety engineering, as they take subjects that are related to general building-services engineering practices and come to appreciate how fire and safety designs are integrated into buildings. The programme also helps students to develop research techniques and critical-thinking skills.

Recognition & Prospects

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration.


Programme Structure

Students can select from a wide range of subjects, each of which normally requires 39 hours of attendance over a 13-week semester.


For the MSc with a Dissertation

Students must complete 7 taught subjects, including 3 specified Compulsory Subjects, and at least 3 other Core Subjects, including Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment and Control (BSE558) and/or Safety Management Systems and Safety Auditing (BSE559), plus a Dissertation that is relevant to their area of specialisation.


For the MSc without a Dissertation

Students must complete 10 taught subjects, including 3 specified Compulsory Subjects and at least 4 other Core Ssubjects, including Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment and Control (BSE558) and/or Safety Management Systems and Safety Auditing (BSE559).


Core Areas of Study

The following is a summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects available for selection upon registration.

Fire Engineering

  • Fire Modelling
  • Fire Engineering Systems
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Legislations Aspects in Fire Safety
  • Engineering Performance-based Fire Codes
  • Fire Safety Management
  • Building Fire Safety Design


Safety Engineering

  • Accident Prevention
  • Hazard Assessment & Controls
  • Safety Management
  • Safety Audit
  • Safety in Construction Sites
  • Occupational Health
  • Ergonomics
Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Ir Dr Lui Che-heng, Gigi
BEng(Hons), PhD, MHKIE

Subject Area
Fire and Safety Engineering
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours in fire engineering, safety engineering, building services engineering, building sciences and engineering, construction, architecture, building surveying, building technology, applied science, engineering, physics or chemistry; or the equivalent (including recognised professional qualifications). 

For further information on academic matters, please contact: 
Ir Dr Lui Che-heng, Gigi (tel: (852) 2766 7959; email: c.h.gigi.lui@polyu.edu.hk).


For general enquiries, please contact:
General Office, Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE)
Email: beenquiry@polyu.edu.hk

Initial Registration Credits

12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$6,440 per credit for local and non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please click HERE.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Student Message

Studying for a Master's in Fire and Safety Engineering at PolyU has enriched my knowledge of fire science, fire modelling, fire safety management, risk analysis, and occupational safety management. The experienced lecturers gave us technical knowledge of fire and life safety, illustrated with local and international examples. This knowledge is essential for me, as I wish to become a fire protection professional handling local and international projects.


When preparing seminar topics and essays on different subjects, there were lots of opportunities for me to self-study various advanced topics, such as the latest technologies in advanced fire extinguishing systems and AI fire-detection systems. This allowed me to develop an appreciation of smart solutions related to fire and safety systems, and provided fundamental knowledge that will help me to deal with future challenges in fire safety. 


The flexible choices of elective subjects offered in this programme broadened my knowledge of topics in other areas of building environment and energy engineering, such as intelligent buildings, and developed my capability of liaising with other building professionals. 


Finally, the lecturers' support and the interactions with the friends I made in this programme made my learning experience wonderful.

TAU Ka Chun
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