University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Fire Scene Investigation

Fire scene investigation is a scientific approach to the examination, analysis and interpretation of evidence which can be found at a fire scene, determining the origin and cause of a fire requires the application of practical skills and scientific knowledge from a variety of disciplines, excellent written and verbal communication skills are also required to ensure investigative conclusions are effectively communicated, this is often carried out in a high pressure environment such a criminal or civil court.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline (forensic science, biology, chemistry, fire safety engineering etc), or equivalent; or relevant professional qualifications plus relevant professional experience.

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods; fires in buildings; accidents and catastrophes; expert witness in the legal process; practical fire investigation; computer fluid dynamics; research project (triple module; can be completed in year 2).

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 500 per Module (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 500 per Module (home fees) 1 years
Part-time £ 500 per Module (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

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