Master of Bushfire Protection

Approved Abbreviation: MBushfireProt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3708.1

AQF Level: 9

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2015 or later.

This three year part-time distance learning course provides students with an understanding of the behaviour and danger of bushfires. Students will gain the knowledge of the relevant planning provisions, building regulations, standards and emergency management arrangements for bushfire protection. Graduates will be able to conduct risk assessments, provide advice on developments in bushfire prone areas and develop alternative engineering design solutions. Graduates will also acquire the skill to independently conduct research to address contemporary issues faced by the building industry in bush fire prone areas.

Although most units in the course do not have compulsory attendance to workshops, there are a few exceptions where attendance and presentations are required.

Students can fast-track by completing additional units per session to complete the course earlier.

Study Mode
Three years part-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeExternalGrahame Douglas

Accreditation by Fire Protection Association Australia is currently being sought


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, or higher, in bushfire protection, engineering, land surveying, building, building surveying, construction, planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, physical sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, emergency management, land-use planning, local government or public sector management.

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Summer A session

300708Planning and Development Control
200500Bushfire Fighting

Autumn session

200457Bushfire Behaviour
300947Building Regulations

Spring session

200458Building in Bushfire Prone Areas
301049Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection

Year 2

Summer A session

301002Specialised Software Applications

Autumn session

300948Fire Technology and Engineering Principles
301005Professional Practice and Communication

Q3 session

301050Disaster and Emergency Management (PG)

Spring session

200459Emergency Management for Bushfire Prone Areas
200499Alternative Solutions for Bushfire Prone Areas

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection

Year 3

Autumn session

300597Master Project 1
301004Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies

Spring session

300598Master Project 2

And one elective

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