UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Fire Safe Design MArch

This innovative programme will allow you to integrate fire safety as a design variable in the creation of complex buildings.

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Students with an architectural background will gain specialist skills, knowledge and understanding that enable you to work on complex buildings as a designer that can deliver fire safe designs and generate fire awareness proposals. You will learn what specialist fire engineers can offer in this context and the tools they have available that you utilise in your designs.  

The programme will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and hone these skills, allowing you to lead design teams from the inception to detailed resolution of buildings and urban designs. 

The ethical imperative to improve and innovate the built environment, making it safer and more sustainable, is the bedrock to the programme. You will discover how fire safe design can inspire a new wave of elegant urbanism in the 21st century. 

This course will give students and professionals alike an opportunity to upskill in this increasingly important and technical aspect or our jobs, and through this improved understanding allow innovative design to flourish alongside fire safety and not become an unintended casualty of it. Tracy Meller, Partner, RSHP
This MArch will give you the freedom to design, knowing that what you create will be fire safe. Jose Torero 

Read the full entry requirements, application deadlines, mode of study, modules, and more for this programme on the UCL Graduate Prospectus. We understand that applying for courses can be daunting, so we’ve made this guide to help you through.   

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  • Develop your own unique designs, with an emphasis on fire safety as a design variable and one of the core strategic considerations for architecture.  
  • Gain advanced knowledge and skills in fire safe design, informed by multidisciplinary theories taken from architectural design, human behaviour and fundamentals of fire science.
  • Access specialist facilities for drawing and prototyping, in close proximity to complimentary disciplines and expertise in civil engineering, computer science, architectural computation, environmental design and performance design.

Scholarships and Funding

Department Funding

Estates Fire Safety Grant

  • Value: Up to £16,100 for Home students (UK and Ireland domicile only) and £32,100 for Overseas students.
  • Available to: Prospective students, both full-time and part-time.
  • Eligible fee status: Home students (UK and Ireland domicile only) and Overseas students.
  • For further information, please reach out to Dr. Michael Woodrow (m.woodrow@ucl.ac.uk)

In-Course Funding

UCL Masters Bursary

  • Value: £10,000 for one year.
  • Available to: Prospective students (200 students), both full-time and part-time.
  • Selection criteria: Financial need.
  • Eligible fee status: Home students (UK and Ireland domicile only).
  • Learn more: ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/ucl-masters-bursary

UCL Global Masters Scholarship

Other fees and funding


  • Contextual Theory for Fire Safe Design
  • Skills for Fire Safe Design 1
  • Design Study 1
  • Skills for Fire Safe Design 2
  • Design Study 2
  • Fire Safe Design Thesis

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.