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The "Fire Protection Planning" distance learning Master's degree (held in German)

Catering to increased levels of responsibility

Attention: The application deadline has been extended to September 15th, 2018.
Implementation of the ordinances, laws and regulations on structural fire protection is among the duties performed by planners today. However, only few architects or civil engineers typically deal with this subject during their studies. As such, they often lack the necessary specialist knowledge required to handle this responsibility correctly.

Target group

The two-year, accredited distance learning Master's degree, which the DISC has been offering since 2007, is aimed at planners, architects and civil engineers that have graduated from university, have at least one year of applicable professional experience and are seeking extra-occupational training on the topic of fire protection planning.

The course is held entirely in German.


The distance learning Master's degree conveys the necessary knowledge for secure incorporation of the ordinances, laws and regulations on structural fire protection in planning and their implementation during construction work. The course concludes with the academic grade "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.).

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study, including examination time, is six terms. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures of the "Fire Protection Planning" distance learning degree are provided in the form of written study material specially developed for distance learning. A weekly commitment of around 16 to 18 hours is required to process the material. Further information about the application process can be found here.

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On campus events

One compulsory on campus seminar is held per semester for all participants in the distance learning degree. These events always take place on the weekend. Their goal is to reinforce the course contents within the scope of group work and workshops, discuss questions on the study material and debate the practical implementation of the program content. Written examinations form part of the on campus events.

Students unable to attend the on campus events, and therefore unable to take the examinations held during these events, due to overseas work commitments, have the option of taking the written examinations at a Goethe Institute or a German embassy following a written application. However, the obligatory on campus event must have been attended as a prerequisite for taking the examinations.

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Program content

The study modules of the distance learning Master`s degree „Fire Protection Planning“ include following topics: fire development and fire protection, construction products and construction types, conception and design, organizational fire protection, building services and plant fire protection, verification by calculation and engineering methods for fire protection, special constructions. You can find further information, for example on the curriculum and examination regulations, in the download area. This can be accessed at any time via the link in the download box at the top right of the navigation bar.

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Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
BP 101 Erweiterte Ingenieurgrundlagen für den Brandschutz
BP 101a: Physik
BP 101b: Bauphysik
BP 101c: Mathematik
Prof. René Beigang
Prof. Oliver Kornadt
Prof. Bernd Rosenberg
BP 102 Brandchemie und Brandfolgen
BP 102a: Chemie des Brandes
BP 102b: Nach dem Brand
Prof. Helmut Sitzmann
Prof. Martin Pfeiffer
BP 201 Recht
BP 201a: Baurecht
BP 201b: Bauordnungsrecht
Götz Winter
BP 202 Abwehrender Brandschutz
BP 202a: Brennen und Löschen             
BP 202b: Abwehrender Brandschutz
K. Schmitt
R. Schmitt
BP 301 Baustoffe und Bauteile
BP 301a: Baustoffe / Baumaterialien
BP 301b: Bauteile

Dr. H-D. Dietz // Michael Wolbring Prof. Dr. D. Lorenz
BP 302 Technische Gebäudeausrüstung und anlagentechnischer Brandschutz
BP 302a: Technische Gebäudeausrüstung
BP 302b: Anlagentechnischer Brandschutz

Dr. F. Brunck // S. Breuer
O. Limprecht
BP 303 Organisatorischer Brandschutz und betriebliche Sicherheit
BP 303a: Betriebliche Sicherheit
BP 303b: Organisatorischer Brandschutz
Dr. C. Heidrich // M. Schulte
K. Schmitt // D. Trümner
BP 401 Sonderbauten
BP 401: Sonderbauten
M. Biehl
BP 402 Entwurf und Konstruktion
BP 402: Entwurf und Konstruktion
N. Bärschmann // A. Blanz // M. Nolte
BP 501 Bauen im Bestand
BP 501: Bauen im Bestand
K. Schmitt
BP 502 Rechnerische Nachweise und Ingenieurmethoden im Brandschutz
BP 502: Rechnerische Nachweise und Ingenieurmethoden im Brandschutz - Erläuterungen, Aufgaben und Übungen
Dr. J. Wiese

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Records of achievement are required during the course. These take the form of examinations, one home assignment and a Master's dissertation. Once all assignments and examinations have been passed and a Master's dissertation submitted, the distance learning degree is concluded with the academic title "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.). Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Report from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern
  • Certificate on awarding of the academic title Master of Engineering
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English

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The study fees for the "Fire Protection Planning" distance learning Master's degree are EUR 1,200 per term. Added to this is a social contribution of EUR 101 per term. The one-off fee for the Master's examination is EUR 500. These study fees cover all costs for teaching material and their postage, participation in the on campus events, semester exams and all administration expenses. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. The fee for the master’s thesis is not affected. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation or meal costs for the on campus events. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.

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Financial Aid

The state can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can for example offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this. In certain circumstances, the German state can also support you in your professional further training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the state and banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of the Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.

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The "Structural Fire Protection" distance learning degree is accredited for the academic title of "Master of Engineering". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is ASIIN (www.asiin.de).

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Attention: The application deadline has been extended to September 15th 2018.

You can apply for the "Fire Protection Planning" distance learning degree from mid-May to mid-July of every year. Courses begin at the start of October. The documentation is also available for download and submission in a written application. You can also access the online application area via the link on the right.