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


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Three days


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

January and July

Entry Requirements:

Proven experience in investigative practice

Course Content

Course Outline:

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.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

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