Ongoing developments in safety and reliability remain a primary focus for the oil and gas industry.

Ensure you’re up to speed with Fire and Explosion Engineering best practices with this online short course designed for graduate engineers.

Receive advanced education and training in assessing the loads that result from fires and explosions – and learn how to design structures that can withstand them.

Learn from the best in the business, with a university at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this MSc qualification.

What you’ll study

Hydrocarbon fires and explosions produce extreme loading on engineering components. Structural steels lose their strength and stiffness well below the temperatures associated with hydrocarbon fires.

In this course, you’ll learn how to design safety-critical elements that can withstand both the temperatures and blast overpressures caused by fires and hydrocarbon explosions.

You’ll be shown how to use simple models to assess the loading that results from fires and explosions. Structural elements will be analysed to illustrate the design procedures that are required to prevent escalation and to design against major accident scenarios.

You’ll cover the following modules:

  • Introduction to fire and explosion science
  • Hydrocarbon fire and explosions
  • Heat transfer
  • Fire dynamics
  • Material and structural performance in fire and high-rate loading
  • Fire-resistant design of structures
  • Practical applications of fire and explosion engineering
  • An introduction to fire and explosion hazard management
  • Deflagration and detonation
  • The dynamic of deformation and failure of solids and structures
  • Estimation of explosion overpressures in air

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Discuss fire and explosion science and the classifications of fires and explosives.
  • Describe the loading that fire and explosions produces on structures.
  • Evaluate the structural and material response to extreme loading scenarios.
  • Select materials and design structures to promote safety in such events.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Fire and Explosion Engineering course is delivered flexibly online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures and tutorials
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from highly qualified and experienced tutors in this field from our School of Engineering and industry itself.

Industry input

You’ll also benefit from the direct input of an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews your course content to ensure that you’re gaining the latest industry knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering and technology courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

For entry to this course, we’d expect you to hold a relevant degree.

However, your application will also be considered if you have alternative qualifications combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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