Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety Engineering

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipFireSafeEng

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3706.1

AQF Level: 8

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 two year part-time distance learning course aims to provide professionals with the special skills and knowledge to develop, assess and evaluate fire safety engineering solutions for built environment. The course covers fire safety science and engineering principles. It is relevant to professionals developing alternative solutions using the fire engineering guidelines to meet the objectives and performance requirements of building regulations.

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 semester to complete the course earlier. The course is a recognised qualification for professionals seeking accreditation as a Fire Safety Engineer.

Study Mode
Two years part-time.


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, or higher, in engineering, building, construction, building surveying, bushfire protection, architecture or physical sciences;


A Diploma or higher in engineering, building, construction, building surveying, bushfire protection, architecture or physical sciences plus four years professional and/or voluntary work experience in the relevant fields in the building industry, local government or state fire services.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

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 120 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Summer A session

301048Fire Engineering Science
300713Building Engineering

Autumn session

300947Building Regulations
300709Fire Engineering 1 (Fire Dynamics)

Spring session

300717Egress and Risk Assessment
300711Building Fire Services

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Fire Safety Engineering

Year 2

Summer A session

301002Specialised Software Applications

Autumn session

300710Fire Engineering 2 (Fire Models)
301005Professional Practice and Communication

Q3 session

301050Disaster and Emergency Management (PG)

Spring session

200458Building in Bushfire Prone Areas
300718Fire Engineering Design and Assessment

Western Sydney University Copyright © 2004-2016 ABN 53 014 069 881 CRICOS Provider No: 00917K Contact Us | Disclaimer | Emergency Help |