University of Central Lancashire
Fire investigation is the analysis of fire related incidents and is a highly multi disciplinary area, fire investigators need knowledge of fire behaviour; scene management; analytical chemistry; and investigative skills, the course is designed for those from a range of backgrounds who are employed, or who wish to pursue a career, in the area of fire investigation, working for fire and rescue services, insurance companies or independent agencies, or as a crime scene investigator or forensic scientist, the course covers fire science and fire behaviour; fire investigation and analytical science; and provides students with research skills and knowledge of being an expert witness in the English legal system, guided teaching and formal assessments will enhance the development of transferable skills such report-writing; maintenance of casenotes; formal presentations; participation in discussions; ability to work to deadlines; computing skills; public speaking; scientific analysis; and adherence and development of laboratory protocols.
Honours graduates of fire engineering or fire safety programmes (or similar), 2nd Class Honours in architectural or engineering course; other areas considered on merit, may be required to undertake prior or additional modules to supplement their knowledge of fire science, construction and design tools, depending on work experience; career professionals with vocational qualifications or corporate members of professional bodies such as EI, CIBSE, IStructE, RIBA considered; substantial experience at a senior technical management level as building control officer or fire brigade officer (or similar) also considered.
Modules include: Research methods; fire and combustion; forensic analysis; practical fire investigation; expert witness in the legal process; human response to fire; research project.
Assessment is by exam, practicals and coursework; assessments include the examination of fire scenes from real fires and producing case notes and reports, essays, moot courts, presentations and a dissertation.
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|MSc||Full-time||£ 9,450 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Preston Campus||Preston||PR1 2HE||North West|