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Structural & Fire Safety Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

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)


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
Finite Element Analysis for Solids
Fire Investigation and Failure Analysis
Thin-Walled Members and Stability
Semester 2 courses
Fire Science Laboratory
Fire Safety Engineering Analysis and Design
The Finite Element Method
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake 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.

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

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in civil engineering or a related subject. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields may be accepted.

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