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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    02 November 2018

Innovative design allows more interesting and functional architecture but challenges traditional concepts of fire safety. To respond to these demands takes specialist knowledge and advanced skills in engineering analysis.

This programme covers the fundamentals of fire science, including laboratory classes, fire safety engineering and relevant structural engineering topics, such as finite element methods.

You will gain knowledge of the critical issues in structural fire safety engineering, and an understanding of relevant fire and structural behaviours.

You will become familiar with performance-based approaches to design and have an awareness of the capabilities – and limitations – of relevant advanced modelling methods for structures and fire.

This programme is fully accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

Facilities

Our Building Research Establishment (BRE) Centre for Fire Safety Engineering hosts bespoke equipment to support groundbreaking research and teaching, with combined thermal and mechanical loading and use of the latest image analysis techniques.

Programme structure

This programme is run over 12 months, with two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project leading to a masters thesis.

Semester 1 courses

  • Fire Science and Fire Dynamics
  • Structural Design for Fire (MSc)
  • Steel Structures (MSc)
  • Finite Element Analysis for Solids (MSc)
  • State-of-the-Art Review in Fire Safety Engineering

Plus one of:

  • Fire Investigation and Failure Analysis (MSc)
  • Fire Safety, Engineering & Society (MSc)

Semester 2 courses

  • Fire Science Laboratory (MSc)
  • Models for Fire Safety
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • The Finite Element Method
  • Pre-Dissertation Project in Fire Safety Engineering
  • Dissertation (MSc in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering)

Career opportunities

Internationally, there is great demand for graduates in this field, with expertise in structural fire safety engineering particularly sought after as performance-based design expands. All of our previous graduates are in relevant employment, with the majority working in fire teams at engineering consultancies. A number of graduates have also proceeded to PhD study at relevant institutions.


Visit the Structural & Fire Safety Engineering (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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