Taught course

Structural & Fire Safety Engineering

University of Edinburgh · School of Engineering and Electronics

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 considered. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered. If English is not your first language, you must provide an English language certificate as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS Academic, TOEFL-iBT, PTE (A), CAE and CPE are all accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering is the largest structures and fire research group in the world and is unique in its offering of a holistic teaching programme. It is an ideal place to learn and equip yourself with leading research, skills and knowledge to address the world's growing demand for skilled professionals in structural fire safety engineering. The key focus of this course is on learning the knowledge and skills of fire safety engineering for structures, enabling innovative designs to be realised with the same level of safety as those using traditional design techniques. Rather than dealing with fire safety once the design is completed, it becomes an integral part of the process. Our graduates are leaders in applying new methods in pioneering performance based design.

The MSc programme in delivered over a total duration of 12 months, full-time only, with predominantly taught material in the first two semesters followed by a research project leading to a Masters thesis. The taught and research courses account for 90 credits in total. The taught courses in semester 1 (Sep - Dec) start with fundamental material on fire science and structural behaviour, which are followed by more applied and advanced courses in semester 2 (Jan-May), including experimental work our fire laboratory and a experience of fire safety engineering design, using real-life case studies with students working in groups to present their own proposals to reviewers representing clients, architecture, regulatory authorities and the fire service. The use of modelling methods is interwoven, includes finite element methods and implementations and other fire models, with an emphasis on an appreciation of the appropriate use, the limitations and validity of different models, rather than training in the operation of the software.

Information for international students

With 94% of our research activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2015), Edinburgh is the UK powerhouse in Engineering. You will be immersed in a research intensive, multidisciplinary environment. To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

To find out about the funding opportunities offered through the University of Edinburgh and the School of Engineering, please visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67

Course contact details

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