Fire Safety (Management) (top-up) BSc (Hons)

Fire Safety (Management) (top-up) BSc (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    2B11; Short form: BSc/FSE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you want to develop your expertise in the field of fire safety management and are aiming for a senior role in the fire industry after graduation, then this top-up degree is ideal. Fire safety management is concerned with minimising the fire risk to life, property, business continuity and the environment throughout the life of a building. This course emphasises the development of management skills for fire safety as it relates to the context of the built environment. You will play a role in the management and leadership of teams involved in the provision of safe working environment and in the management of fire safety provision in organisations.



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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Enclosure Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Investigation
  • Strategic Risk Decision Making
  • Hazards and Risk Management
  • Fire Science Dissertation

Year 2 (if part-time)

  • Enclosure Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Investigation
  • Strategic Risk Decision Making
  • Hazards and Risk Management
  • Fire Science Dissertation

Further Information

The course builds confidence and capability through the development of a range of competences and underpinning knowledge for practising professionals in the field of fire safety management.

You will be taught by staff which include research academics from the fields of fire safety engineering and fire chemistry as well as fire professionals with many years of experience. Staff have experience of both research and international collaboration.

You will have access to excellent facilities including purpose-built fire laboratories, supported by state-of-the-art analytical and material characterisation facilities for fire chemistry and fire safety engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics facilities for fire modelling.

A recent survey revealed that six months after leaving this UCLan programme, 90% of graduates were either in full-time employment or continuing with their studies.


Course Specification and Handbook

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:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

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

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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, challenge students considering different learning styles to maximise their potential. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course. The students 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.


Students are encouraged to seek summer placements within supporting fire industries and every effort is made to assist in this important aspect of development and service integration. International opportunities include travel and work placement with ‘Operation Florian’ which is a charitable organisation working to improve fire service infrastructures in countries where they are lacking. Recent deployments have been to Zimbabwe.

There is the potential for international exchange visits with other universities or with international fire safety companies, especially construction-based companies.

We have partner colleges/universities in the Middle-East and Hong Kong where English is widely spoken and there is the potential for exchange visits. Other exchanges and schemes such as ERASMUS are available.

The fire and rescue services (FRSs) in different countries already arrange exchanges directly to the UK FRSs.

Some of our graduates have entered leading fire engineering consulting firms such as, Buro Happold, ARUP, Warrington Exova and various Fire and Rescue Services around the UK and internationally.

Applicants who are interested in taught postgraduate studies will be able to continue on MSc Fire Safety Engineering, MSc Fire Investigation or MSc Fire and Rescue Service Management.

Applicants who are interested in research will be able to continue MPhil/PhD studies with the Centre in Fire and Hazards in areas of fire and explosion safety engineering, fire modelling, computational fluid dynamics and others.