The Master's programme Fire Prevention Planning

Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Oliver Kornadt



Structural fire protection

Since the amendment of the state building regulations (Landesbauordnung) in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1999, the implementation of regulations, laws and provisions on structural fire protection has been within the scope of duties of planners and drafters. This also applies to other federal states in Germany.

Target group

The German-language Master's programme is aimed at self-employed or employed professionals from the fields of architecture and civil engineering who work in planning offices, public authorities or industry.

Objective and degree

The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge for safe integration of the regulations, laws and provisions on structural fire protection into planning and the ability to implement these accordingly.

Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.

Programme concept

Programme content

The distance learning programme comprises 12 compulsory modules that focus on, for example  

  • Fire emergence and fire fighting,
  • Building products and technique,
  • Design and construction,
  • Organisational and systems-technical fire prevention,
  • Special structures,
  • Construction in existing contexts,
  • Safety technology.

Teaching-learning format

Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.

Schedule and organisation

The distance learning programme in Fire Prevention Planning has a standard period of study of five semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once per semester over a (long) weekend. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

The next on-campus phase will take place from Friday, 6 November 2020 from 2 p.m. to Saturday, 7 November 2020 until approx. 6 p.m.

A weekly commitment of around 15 hours is required to study the material, write a term paper, take examinations and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).


At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,200 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.

Subject to change.

The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:

  • the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
  • the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
  • the enrolment regulations.    

The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.

Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.

The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.

The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.

The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Oliver Kornadt (TU Kaiserslautern). The distance learning programme Fire Prevention Planning is organised in cooperation with the Feuerwehr- und Katastrophenschutzschule Rheinland-Pfalz and the Technische Akademie Südwest (TAS).

The distance learning programme Fire Prevention Planning is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.). The agency responsible for the accreditation process is ASIIN. In addition, the programme also holds the EUR-ACE European Accredited Engineer label of the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE).

We are here for you

Wolfgang Lüder
Dr. Wolfgang Lüder
Programme Management Fire Prevention Planning
+49 (0) 631 205-5022
brandschutz [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Petra Kühner
Petra Kühner
Secretary's Office Systemic Consulting
+49 (0) 631 205-5299
systemischeberatung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Systemic Management
+49 (0) 631 205-5299
systemischesmanagement [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Fire Prevention Planning
+49 (0) 631 205-5299
brandschutz [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Structural Fire Protection
+49 (0) 631 205-5299
brandschutz [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.