Fire and Explosion Investigation Short Course

Fire and Explosion Investigation Short Course

This short course is designed to give a broad introduction to fire and explosion investigation and will provide you with important investigative knowledge and tools, particularly in relation to investigations of illicit activities involving explosives or explosions arising from accidental gas and flammable vapour releases. The course content is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to assist investigators in giving expert witness testimonies in a courtroom situation and elsewhere.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: January and July

Entry Requirements:

Proven experience in investigative practice

Course Content

Incidents involving explosions are relatively rare and, consequently, acquiring the necessary experience and knowledge required to manage or contribute to the resolution of these scenes can be difficult. Investigators must have a broad, experience-based perspective and a solid mix of skills and knowledge in order to effectively navigate the complexities arising from these types of incident. This short course is intended to deliver an understanding of the scientific and practical issues involved so that designated personnel can conduct investigations in a consistent, coordinated, organised and effective manner.

Course Highlights

  • Delivered by academics and industry subject experts
  • Seeking accreditation by the Institution of Explosives Engineers
  • Practical demonstrations underpinned by theoretical input
  • Providing solutions to typical problems facing on scene investigators
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities

Learning Environment & Assessment

The course is delivered by experienced academics and industry experts who combine theoretical and practical input to deliver realistic scenarios. Input is aimed at providing practical learning opportunities which will allow effective problem solving in the field.

Academic Expertise

Delivered by specialist academics and industry experts.

Learning outcome & aims

The course is designed to give fire investigators practical experience and skills.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Accreditation by The Institute of Explosive Engineers has been applied for.


The course has been designed for North West Fire and Rescue Services who have endorsed the course for their specialist investigators.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Short Course – please enrol through School of Forensic and Applied Sciences.
Phone: +44(0)1772 892400

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400