Fire Safety and Risk Management

Fire Safety and Risk Management BSc (Hons)

Fire safety is emphasized in the context of the built environment and particularly its application to buildings.  This course is for students aiming for senior roles after graduation in policy and direction roles.  This requires some deeper attention to legal studies, risk management in the context of managing projects for fire safety problems for the built environment and related infrastructure. The education of the fire professional should cater for the many new developments and their associated problems occurring in the field of application. Innovation specifically cannot be covered in prescriptive solutions and hence the application of principles is the proposed method of solving problems. It is precisely the development of novel solutions within the often-contradictory constraints of safety, economy, law and technology which pose the Honours challenge. Integration across diverse fields in order to propose an acceptable design or management decision is the major feature of the degree. The course benefits from the activities of the University's Centre for Research in Fire and Hazard Sciences. The course demonstrates a strong, well co-ordinated research link, which contributes strongly to the relevance and currency of the content.

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Why Study this course?

This degree has been developed in response to the reforms in fire safety regulations and recent high profile fire incidents. It emphasises the consideration of fire risk during the design, construction and occupation of a building, and is ideal if you are aiming for senior roles after graduation in the specialist fire safety companies, fire insurers, fire and rescue services, social housing providers and other complex estates. It will develop your knowledge in integrated design and management solutions aimed at reducing the fire risk and ensuring that if a fire does occur, appropriate active, passive and fire safety management systems are in place to protect people, property and the environment.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: 4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2020

  • A course developed in partnership with the fire industry
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.
  • You’ll be taught by research active staff from the fields of fire safety engineering and fire chemistry, as well as fire professionals with many years of experience.
  • Benefit from exciting guest lectures from our industrial partners, CPD events, projects and funding prizes.
  • Supporting the fire industry and public sector in developing their employees
  • Flexible attendance and delivery

Course Overview

Year 1

  • 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 Science and Engineering

Year 2

  • Fluid Dynamics of Fire
  • Fire Safety Management and Legislation
  • Accidents and Catastrophes
  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Project Management
  • Industrial Experience
  • Structures, Materials and Fire (Option)
  • Fire in the Built Environment (Option)


  • Fire Risk Assessment in Complex Non-residential Buildings (Option)
  • Fire Risk Assessment in Complex Residential Buildings (Option)

Year 3

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96 UCAS Points.  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
Pass Access Course: 96 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 96 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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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.

Fluid and Thermo Dynamics Laboratory

Fire Laboratory

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Industry Links

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

Exciting Opportunities

In addition to your studies, there may be an opportunity to take part in international exchange visits with our partner colleges/universities in the Middle East and Hong Kong, where English is widely spoken.

The range of employment opportunities for students who hold an honours degree in Fire Safety and Risk Management is very wide. The design and safety management of buildings for industrial and commercial use is becoming more complex due to the ever-increasing awareness of health and safety needs in the working environment. 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. Therefore, an ability to solve the problems of fire prevention and control is desirable. Our alumni find themselves in senior positions in fire safety management, fire risk management, fire risk assessment and fire safety consulting, and many are on their way to becoming senior fire safety officers. The course is intended to provide both skills and knowledge relevant to the management of private and public sector services or to continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.