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Studiehåndbokas program for 2016/2017:

(English)Master in Fire Safety

Brief Facts:

Study Program Code: MAS-BRANN
Department: Faculty of Technology/Business/Maritime Education
Study Program: Engineering
Campus: Haugesund
Number of Credits: 120
Duration: 4 Semesters
Required Reading (Syllabus): www.hsh.no/pensum

Program content:

Central subjects in the master's program are fire safety barriers to prevent ignition and fire, understanding of various scenarios for fire and smoke development, calculation of fire and smoke and risk to people, property and environment, fireproof design, fire safety risk assessment, human behavior in fire and evacuation, emergency, fire protection in industry and municipalities, communication and accident investigation.

Target group:

Candidates with bachelor's degree in fire safety. Candidates with bachelor's degrees in other disciplines (subjects) who must take some basic bachelor subjects in fire safety in order to apply, see admission requirements.

Learning outcome:

 A candidate after completed qualifications should have the following total learning outcomes: (see the attachment from the Qualifications Framework)



The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge that provides a comprehensive understanding of fire safety
  • analyze and evaluate various fire scenarios and their expected impact
  • has a thorough knowledge of human behavior in a fire situation and developed fires with focus on evacuation
  • has a thorough knowledge of risk-based safety assessments, barrier philosophies with preventive and consequence-reducing measures
  • knows the research and development in the field of fire safety in general and especially within their own specialization
  • can update their knowledge in the field of fire safety, by gathering independent information and contact with experts and practice


The candidate:

  • can analyze and solve theoretical, technical and practical issues in fire safety for buildings, process plants, ships and tunnels
  • can perform modeling of various fire scenarios and impact assessment of these
  • can calculate and model the smoke production and toxicological effects depending on the type of fire and materials
  • can implement evacuation experiments and model evacuation for actual user-groups and identify and remedy bottlenecks for effective evacuation
  • use appropriate methods to assess fire safety level in a given context
  • can dimension active and passive fire protection measures
  • can identify major-accident hazards and suggest appropriate measures for reduction of major accidents
  • can apply knowledge and relevant results from research and development for fire prevention measures and justify their choices
  • can complete an independent, limited research or development work under supervision and in accordance with applicable ethical norms

General competence:

The candidate:

  • can describe make use of national and international standards in own working field
  • can reflect over own professional practice, also in teams and in an interdisciplinary context, and adapt the efforts of the current working situation
  • can contribute to the development of good practice in fire safety and apply their knowledge and skills in new areas
  • can discuss human behavior, including challenges related to risk groups in formulating the organizational fire protection
  • can contribute to innovation, innovation of systems, organizations or design that improves fire safety
  • can analyze and think critically about information sources and apply these to make decisions
  • can communicate about fire-related issues and fire risk to companies, the relevant authorities, specialists in the field and the general public

Teaching methods:

 Teaching methods selected to convey the subject should invite to student activity and independent thinking. For the study are given a variety of working and teaching methods, tailored to the individual subject, justified by a communication to inspire and engage each student in the subject. The work is organized through lectures, seminars, group projects and presentations. A group of 15-20 persons provide basis for interesting discussions and a dynamic learning environment.


Practical training: Not applicable


R&D base:

The program provides a good background for teaching, research and development, and will be eligible for PhD positions. The final thesis will be largely associated with research and development at local industries. By connecting the thesis to such work, students will also be prepared for PhD studies, both nationally and internationally.

Practical information about the full time program:

The program is a challenging higher degree study that spans two years. The program builds on a 3-year bachelor in fire safety engineering and has a scope of 120 credit points.

The first year consists of studying theoretical subjects of 10 credit points each, with about 5 intensive teaching weeks per semester. Primary language of instruction in education is English. At some of the topics will be prerequisites when education is structured so that the courses build on each other throughout the study.

Second year consists of independent work in the form of a thesis of 60 credit points.

Responsible for the study is the Head of the master study and each course has its respective course leader. In some courses will be allocated student assistants. For each cohort students will choose two representatives who interact directly with the Head of the master study. In addition, two reference persons pr. course will be selected for the communication with the course leaders.

The workload in a course is measured in credit points (CP). One year study is normally 60 credits in full progression. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 40

hours effective working hours per week on average in this master study. Some students will need to spend more time.

Information and communication technology is integrated into teaching with Fronter and computerized support systems as important tools in the scientific and educational work.
Teaching takes place primarily between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Assessment methods:

Assessment methods consist mainly of evaluating student work (individual or group) and exams (oral and written). Student work will often be subject to oral presentations that are part of the evaluation. For some courses it appropriate to use group work where students exert in practical features. The schemes are adapted to the different learning outcomes and teaching methods to be best suited to evaluate the extent to which students have achieved the learning outcomes. Most courses are practicing submission of student projects as part of the evaluation. Such submissions are intended to improve the students progress in the subject by giving the teacher the opportunity to comment on students' work throughout the program. Project is an important element to ensure that student learning outcomes are achieved. All subjects use graded rating A-F.

Student exchange:

HSH has strategic plan on binding partnerships with international academic institutions where research is central. HSH will on request facilitate for students to take a part of their education abroad, either through institutions where agreement exists, or by institutions we do not have an agreement with (so-called "free-mover ") on their own initiative. HSH promote own studies to international students abroad. HSH has recently signed agreements for fire safety at Masters level with the University of Maryland and UNI Magdeburg.

Admission requirements:

Applicants to the program must meet one of the following specific requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Fire Safety
  • Bachelor degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering and the following 30 credit points from Bachelor of Fire:
    • Fire Dynamics, ING2043 HSH or equivalent
    • Active and passive fire protection system, ING2045 HSH or equivalent
    • Fire safety design of buildings, ING2046 HSH or equivalent
  • Relevant education that according to § 3-4 in the University and Colleges Act is approved as equal to the above
  • Minimum requirement for admission is the cumulative grade point average equivalent to, or better than, a C in the Norwegian system.

Professional and occupational prospects:

 The program Master of Fire Safety provides a good basis for work in many businesses all related to fire in some form. Typical employers will be oil companies, shipping companies, industry, contractors, advisory consultancies, various government agencies, municipal consultants and fire departments, educational institutions, insurance and health industry. HSH is located in a region with a business focus within petro-maritime industry, where oil companies, shipping companies and suppliers are participants. Thus the region collectively possesses considerable expertise resources. The planned study will provide candidates who have an awareness of fire safety to this business community. The new program has been welcomed with great interest and involvement of many the companies. Master of Fire Safety is primarily a professional education for industrial and building-related tasks.

Program / Course Plan

Courses for Students Starting Their Studies in 2015
Initial Semester Title and code Num. of
1st year Master in Fire Safety; Compulsory courses:
1 Advanced Fire Dynamics ING4004 1 10
1 Fire Risk Assessment ING4005 1 10
1 Advanced Fire and Egress Modelling ING4006 1 10
2 Fire Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry ING4007 1 10
2 Building Fire Safety ING4008 1 10
2 Contingency Management ING4009 1 10
2nd year Master in Fire Safety; Master Thesis:
2 Master Thesis ING5002 1 60

Required Reading (Syllabus):


Study program's last update: 04/13/2016 10:43

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