University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Fire Investigation

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course modules

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 methods

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 Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (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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