• » Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering
    CAO Code  Add-on Programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_CFIRE_B
    Duration  1 Year,  post Ordinary Degree
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    For many years the country has become increasingly conscious of the hazards of fire in buildings. Much of this awareness has been brought about by some terrible fire tragedies in our past, such as the Stardust disaster (1981) where as a result of fire, 48 young people attending a disco died and 241 were injured. There have been many regulations introduced to improve the fire safety aspects of buildings and these regulations play a very significant part in building design. Design teams obtain fire safety certificates from the local authority to show that the building conforms to the regulations. The Fire Safety Engineer is someone who, along with other members of the design team, ensures that this is the case. The importance of the role has been highlighted by the recent Priory Hall case in Dublin where an apartment block was evacuated due to lack of compliance with fire safety regulation.
    The BSc Honours in Fire Safety Engineering (level 8) is a unique add-on programme where students study a range of mainstream and specialised fire technology subjects. The programme was designed with the needs of modern and existing buildings in mind. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Fire Safety Engineering graduate will focus on the application of the science and implementation of the knowledge derived from the study programme. The aim of the programme is to give the graduate the knowledge and skills to do this successfully.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor of science (level 7) qualification with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes in a construction technology or related discipline. Applications are invited from graduates of a level 7 (or above) degree in Construction Technology, Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering or Architectural Technology. Grade Point Average (GPA), inclusion of fire related modules in primary degree and professional experience may be taken into account.
    What will I to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Fire Dynamics Mandatory  10  6
     Fire Safety Design Mandatory  10  6
     Quantitative Risk Analysis Mandatory  5  4
     Research Report Mandatory  5  3
     4/8  Fire Protection Systems Mandatory  10  6
     Human Behaviour in Fire Mandatory  5  4
     Fire Safety Management Mandatory  5  3
     Project Mandatory  10  6
    Learning Outcomes
    The graduate will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of:
    • Complex nature of the fire growth process in the context of building compartment fires.
    • Fire safety problems and concerns relevant to the construction industry, and individual building design in particular.
    • Major techniques and approaches involved in fire safety design.
    • Integration of the various technical aspects of the overall fire safety design objectives in building design.
    • Legal regulatory framework and responsibilities involved in relation to construction and fire safety issues.
    • Technical limits and complex issues posed in achieving fire safety objectives.
    • Importance of fire safety management issues and the knowledge to address these with respect to fire safety engineering in building design, prescriptive building regulations requirements and evolving fire safety-engineering methodologies.
    Follow on Courses and Professional Accreditation
    • Master’s degree at LYIT (by research) or at other institutes or universities such as the Msc in Fire Safety Engineering at University of Ulster.
    • Associate Membership of Engineers Ireland
    • Professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates of the BSc Hons Fire Safety Engineering are in employment throughout Ireland and also in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There is a growing need for people with fire safety skills and an awareness of the complexities of achieving fire safety in existing and new buildings. This need has grown from the desire of people for safer buildings and the increasing regulations both at National and EU level. Wherever there is a building design team there is an opportunity for a Fire Technologist.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact Anne Boner, Head of Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: anne.boner@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 9186403