Samir Dirar graduated from the University of Khartoum (U. of K.) with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering in 2002. He spent one year after graduation working as Graduate Engineer for a couple of private firms and assisting with teaching undergraduate students at U. of K.
In 2003, Samir received a Shell Centenary Scholarship to read for the MPhil in Engineering at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED). In 2004, he was awarded an EPSRC PhD Studentship, together with a Trinity College Overseas Fees Bursary, to read for the PhD in Engineering at CUED.
After the successful completion of his PhD degree, Samir joined the Civil and Computational Engineering Centre at Swansea University where he worked as Post-doctoral Researcher until 2010.
Samir joined the University of Birmingham in 2010 as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Structural Engineering. In 2017, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Structural Engineering.