Postgraduate Diploma in Fire Safety Practice (Buildings and other Structures)

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 design options available for minimising the risk of fire in buildings.

Information Session: Fire Safety Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Fire Safety Practice (Buildings and other Structures)

Information Session
A photo of a burning building being rescued by fire hose

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, and it is a Recognised Educational Programme by The Institute of Fire Engineers.

Course Organisation

Lectures are normally held on Friday evenings from 7.00pm - 10.00pm and Saturday mornings from 9.30am - 12.30pm each week over two semesters (late September to April) with one workshop session scheduled for Friday afternoon. In addition to attending lectures, participants may be required to submit coursework as part of the students' assessment. Examinations take place in May.

Coursework Assignments

Fire ladder outside a building


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. 

Entry Requirements

The admission requirement is a 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.


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