University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Fire Safety Engineering with optional placement

Fire safety engineering is concerned with the application of fire science into the practical context of built environment, this involves skills and knowledge crossing all areas of learning including: Fire chemistry; physics of heat transfer; biology and toxicity; structures; law and legislation; environmental impact; risk management; and design, combined into a single discipline, this meets a challenge of industrial needs, graduates have become leaders in a range of backgrounds from fire services to civil engineering to safety management, the course includes: study of fires in buildings; engineering design projects; and research methods. You'll have the opportunity to complete an MSc with a 38-40 weeks professional placement or an MSc with 10-15 weeks work placement in addition to the standard MSc programme. Placements are as much about gaining an insight and understanding of the culture and language in the engineering profession as gaining technical skill and experience.

Entry requirements

Restricted entry; Honours graduate of fire engineering or fire safety programmes; graduate of architectural or engineering courses with 2nd Class Honours; other areas are considered on merit, but may be required to undertake prior or additional modules to supplement their knowledge of construction and design tools depending on work experience; career professionals with vocational qualifications, or those who are corporate members of professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) considered; substantial experience at a senior technical management level as building control officer or fire brigade officer (or similar) also considered.

Course modules

Modules include: Fire science dissertation; research methods; advanced engineering design project; fires in buildings; risk assessment and management; accidents and catastrophes; computational fluid dynamics; fire engineering solutions; fire engineering solutions; incident command; fire safety law.

Assessment methods

There are different assessment methods employed across the modules, some modules are assessed by both examination and coursework while others are assessed by coursework only, which may take the form of group projects, modelling exercises or time controlled assignments or seminar presentations.

Sponsorship information

20 per cent discount on tuition fees is available for all graduates from the University of Central Lancashire.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time block-release October 2016 GBP 500 per Module (England) 1 years
MSc Part-time block-release October 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time block-release October 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time block-release October 2016 GBP 500 per Module (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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