Taught course

Health and Safety in Construction

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

The admission requirement is an honours degree in Civil Engineering or Architecture. Other suitably qualified construction professionals may also be admitted. A candidate may be interviewed to establish his or her suitability for the course. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable
engineers, architects, fire prevention officers and other
suitably qualified professionals working in the construction
industry acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of fire
in buildings, the safety requirements in the design of buildings
and the various options available for minimising the risk of fire
in buildings. The course also includes the design of fire safety
systems and guidance in the preparation of an application
for a fire safety certificate. This course has been approved by
Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements for continuing
professional development.
Course Content:
1. Fundamentals of Fire Science and Fire Engineering
2. Fire Safety Engineering
3. Active Fire Protection Systems
4. Legal Principles; Fire, Safety and Health Legislation, Insurances
5. The Building Control Act, 1990 and Building Regulations
6. The Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003
7. Coursework Assignments
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7–10 p.m. and
Saturday morning 9.30am–12.30pm each week throughout
the two semesters (September to April). Coursework, which
is an integral part of the course, consists of two assignments
that are carried out in the students’ own time.
The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Fire Safety Practice
is based on a combination of the results of two examination
papers and two coursework assignments. Each paper and the
coursework constitute one third of the overall assessment.
Students must pass each paper and the coursework. There
is no system of compensation. The pass mark for the
examinations and the coursework is 40%. A Distinction is
awarded to those who obtain an overall average mark of 70%
or more in both the coursework and two papers combined at
the summer examination. The Diploma awarding ceremony
takes place in November.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Trevor Orr
+353-1-896 1204