Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
H862; Short form: BEng/FE
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
96 points at A2 including Maths or Physics, Chemistry or an Equivalent Science or Applied Science (Not Biology); General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC (With sufficient Science Content): Distinction* Distinction*
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26 Points including relevant sciences at Grade HL5
GCSE: GCSEs at grade C for Maths and English.
IELTS: Grade 6
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.
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.
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.
The course was challenging and provided the necessary knowledge and skills I am using at work today.
Your studies begin with an introduction to the fundamentals with the study of combustion and fire including chemistry, energy transfer and thermodynamics, design, law and mathematics and physics. A theme of engineering design introduces you to the multidisciplinary nature of fire engineering design where safety is applied towards real problems. You will be introduced to the fire laboratory where students carry out experimental work or perform standard fire tests. Fire professionals rely heavily on IT skills and you will develop these IT and CAD skills that will help you in design projects, laboratory work, assist you to analyse and present data.
Your studies begin with a deeper understanding of the topics involved in fire engineering as well as developing analytical and critical skills. Studies in fluid dynamics are essential to understanding how fires develop, behave and how they are modelled. Knowledge of combustion and fire, energy transfer and thermodynamics will be developed in areas such as fire and the built environment, fluid dynamics of fire. Fire protection is taught alongside a relevant design project and to give specific background for Year 3. Options include the opportunities to specialise in building construction, accident analysis or sustainability issues. Further mathematics and calculus are provided.
You will continue to develop and apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of enclosure fire dynamics, fire protection and undertake a large design project where you can apply fire engineering solutions. You will also undertake a research project (Fire Science Dissertation) on a project of interest allowing you to further develop the practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge required for a career in fire engineering.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In the 2013 National Student Survey, 100% of fire students said they believed their career prospects had improved as a result of the course.