Full time: One Year, Part time: Two or Three Years. The research project may be completed in the second year by agreement. (Nine modules. (Dissertation = three modules)
The purpose of the MSc in Fire and Rescue Service Management is to promote increased understanding of critical management processes and hopefully to enable satisfactory performance in high-consequence, high risk situations.
Strategic managers in the Fire and Rescue Service in risk critical situations face unique challenges in both preparing for and dealing with situations which threaten life and critical infrastructure or reputation.
This postgraduate course brings together insights regarding risk perception and decision making across domains ranging from the operational context, cognitive psychology, economics, and public policy. It suggests strategies to ensure a mature effective response to various managerial situations.
MSc Fire and Rescue Service Management develops the abilities of critical decision makers to grasp a situation, formulate a response assess success and failure and redefine an improved response. The course offers tools and strategies which allow Fire and Rescue Service managers to generate, evaluate, and select among decision options.
Entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary and you are advised to check for any specific requirements with Enquiry Management and on our website. Normally the following general entry requirements apply:
Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses:
Taught Masters Courses:
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
Safety, Health and Environmental Management
This module allows students the opportunity to investigate and explore selected areas of certain environmental and safety laws in the context of their own specialism develop the ability to critically appraise safety systems and cultures in the management and control of safety and health with particular emphasis upon human factors and continuous improvement processes.
Accident and Catastrophes
This module aims to develop an awareness and understanding of accident and catastrophe phenomena and their impact on society. This module will help the students to develop analytical and investigative skills applied to accident and catastrophes, and their prevention. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance students’ employability skills such as critical thinking, independent research, and problem solving and working with others.
Risk Assessment and Management
This module is intended to provide a co-ordinated professional approach to the assessment and management of risk in relation to management processes, security and insurance.
The Expert Witness in the Legal Process
This module introduces the student to the basics skills of an expert scientific witness. It is designed to provide:
Emergency Preparedness and Response
This module aims to develop the students understanding of management and leadership in the context of the Fire and Rescue Service and the reform of the public services in general. It will develop concepts and methods for becoming effective change agents including employee relations and human resource management. From the operational perspective the module has been designed to develop a student’s understanding of emergency preparedness, response and recovery with specific focus on emergency management at local, regional and national levels. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance student’s ability for critical thinking, independent research, and problem solving, focusing on the main issues and working with others.
Strategic and Change Management
This module provides a conceptual and theoretical foundation to the study of strategic management and also focuses on the complex nature of planning and managing change.
Develops a wide range of skills including technical documentation, project management, data analysis and retrieval, writing and research skills, and library use.
Every student will undertake a research project, which will use and enhance many of the skills learnt on the course. The project will be based within the University or on a placement with a suitable industry partner. The result should be a publishable quality paper and students will also be required to give a presentation of their findings.
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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: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,000 per 20 credit module (first 6 modules) (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.
The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.
There are potential short-term placements within fire and rescue services.
There are exchange visits to Hong Kong Fire Service offered to a limited number of students and also opportunities to work with International partners to develop fire and rescue service infrastructure in those countries where there are limited resources available.
MSc students take practical classes, carry out casework and conduct lab-based dissertation research projects. Students also have access to a wide range of analytical instrumentation in the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Analytical Unit. In collaboration with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service all students are tested in a simulated command environment.
Assessment is by examinations, practicals and coursework. Practical assessment involves command simulations.
The course focuses on managerial decision making within the fire and rescue service, in both an operational and non-operational context. It includes environmental scanning (both external and internal), strategy formulation (strategic or long range planning), strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. Situational awareness and risk decision making in time pressured and high risk situations. Students will be tested in command simulations representative of those applicable to the emergency incident domain. The theory and practical sessions will build confidence through the development of practical expertise and specialist knowledge in the field of strategic management.