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Fire Engineering BEng (Hons)

We’re a recognised Centre of Excellence for fire safety engineering and our research centre in Fire and Hazards Science is second to none - if you’re aiming for a senior role in fire safety, this is the course for you. This course builds on the training and educational programmes offered by the Institution of Fire Engineers and is a very hands-on course - you’ll work with the training team at Lancashire Fire and Rescue HQ in your first year, and get the chance to work with fire safety engineering companies, all with the aim of boosting your employability when you graduate.

National Student Survey 2017
UCLan Fire Engineering courses are third in the UK for overall student satisfaction


Why study this course?

Fire Engineering is about how fires work, the effects they have on people/society, built environment and the environment and the prevention/suppression of fires. Fire Engineering also considers fundamental things such as the structure of a flame or how a water spray affects the turbulence of cloud of smoke. It is the development of novel technological and engineering solutions within the often contradictory constraints of safety, economy and the law which pose the challenge in the course.

This course emphasises fire in the context of buildings and infrastructure, and the technology for predicting fires and designing against them. The application of Fire Engineering is multi-disciplinary (every area of academic study plays a role in this understanding from law to chemistry) and it is envisaged that, as in the professional world, you will carry out project work, which will facilitate dialogue between the Fire Engineer and other members of the design and management teams.

EIC Masterplan Flythrough

Fire Engineering is for students aiming for senior roles after graduation in safety design roles or on their way to becoming senior fire officers. BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering is supported by an established research base and builds on the training and educational programmes offered by the Institution of Fire Engineers.


Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    H862; Short form: BEng/FE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £775 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96 UCAS Points including Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Environmental Science or Applied Science.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction. BTECs to include sufficient Science content.
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 96 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including relevant Science at HL.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: Grade C/4 Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Combustion and Fire
  • Safety and Fire Law
  • Energy Transfer and Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Design Practice Buildings
  • Materials and Fire Engineering Analysis 1
  • Skills for Fire Studies

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Fluid Dynamics of Fire
  • Fire and the Built Environment
  • Accidents and Catastrophes Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • Project Management
  • Computational Engineering
  • Engineering Analysis 2

Optional modules

  • Industrial Placement

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Enclosure Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Investigation
  • Probabilistic Risk Analysis
  • Engineering Design Project Fire Science Dissertation

Late Applications

Industry Links

There is an Industrial Liaising Committee for this course, involving a number of leading companies in fire safety engineering and management, and Fire and Rescue Services.


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Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Energy Institute, on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer when combined with accredited further learning.

Accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers as a Recognised Educational Programme (with academic exemption) for Member Grade (MIFireE).


Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory work, project work, case studies, site visits. The mix of teaching methods is designed to motivate and challenge you, considering different learning styles to maximise your potential. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course. You will learn by a variety of methods including innovative information and communication technologies and practical case studies based on research outcomes achieved by the School staff.

Assessment is by examination and/or coursework, eg group projects, modelling exercises or time controlled assignments, short answer questions, essays, practical reports or tests, problem solving exercises, critical reviews or presentations.


Check out our Facilities

You’ll have access to excellent facilities including new, purpose-built fire laboratories, supported by state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics facilities, analytical and material characterisation facilities for fire chemistry and fire safety engineering.

Fire Laboratories


Exciting Opportunities

You’ll get the chance to take part in international exchange visits with our partner colleges/universities in the Middle East and Hong Kong, where English is widely spoken.

Because this course is supported by an established research base and continues to demonstrate a strong, well co-ordinated research link, the course content is highly relevant and current - which means our graduates are extremely desirable. Our alumni find themselves in senior positions in fire safety design, fire safety engineering and fire safety consulting, and many are on their way to becoming senior fire safety officers.


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Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.