Fire Engineering (Foundation Entry) MEng

Fire Engineering (Foundation Entry) MEng




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    5 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • UCAS Code:

    F467; Short form: MEngFEFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the principles and concepts of engineering, underpinned by a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles. You’ll be taught by research-informed specialist staff in state-of-the-art laboratories and will benefit from the introduction of a new £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre on campus, which is due to open early 2018.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 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

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important 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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT


  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Years 2/3

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Combustion and Fire
  • Safety and Fire Law
  • Energy Transfer and Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Design Practice Buildings
  • Buildings Materials and Fire
  • Engineering Analysis 1
  • Skills for Fire Studies

Compulsory modules

  • Fluid Dynamics of Fire
  • Fire and the Built Environment
  • Accidents and Catastrophes
  • Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • Project Management
  • Computational Engineering
  • Engineering Analysis 2

Optional modules

  • Industrial Placement

Years 4/5

Compulsory modules

  • Enclosure Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Investigation
  • Probabilistic Risk Analysis
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Fire Science Dissertation

Compulsory modules

  • Fire Science Dissertation
  • Advanced Engineering Design Project
  • Fires in Buildings
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Further Information

Why study this course?

Fire Engineering is about how fires work, the effects they have on people/society, the built environment and the environment and the prevention/suppression of fires. Fire Engineering also considers fundamental things such as the structure of a flame or how a water spray affects the turbulence of a cloud of smoke. It is the development of novel technological and engineering solutions within the often contradictory constraints of safety, economy and the law which pose the challenge in the course.

This Fire Engineering course emphasises fire in the context of buildings and infrastructure, and the technology for predicting fires and designing against them. The application of Fire Engineering is multi-disciplinary (every area of academic study plays a role in this understanding from law to chemistry) and it is envisaged that, as in the professional world, you will carry out project work, which will facilitate dialogue between the Fire Engineer and other members of the design and management teams. MEng(Hons) Fire Engineering is for students aiming for senior roles after graduation in safety design roles or on their way to becoming senior fire officers.

EIC Masterplan Flythrough

MEng(Hons) Fire Engineering is a consolidated programme specialising in the practicable engineering aspects as well as a fascinating field of study. The Centre for Research in Fire and Hazard Science supports and provides staffing to deliver this programme. The course builds on the training and educational programmes offered by the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Year 1 (Year 2 if you started in the Foundation Entry)
Your studies begin with an introduction to the fundamentals with the study of combustion and fire including chemistry, energy transfer and thermodynamics, design, law and mathematics and physics. A theme of engineering design introduces you to the multidisciplinary nature of fire engineering design where safety is applied towards real problems. You will be introduced to the fire laboratory where students carry out experimental work or perform standard fire tests. Fire professionals rely heavily on IT skills and you will develop these IT skills that will help you in design projects, laboratory work, assist you to analyse and present data.

Year 2 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry)
Your studies continue with a deeper understanding of the topics involved in fire engineering as well as developing analytical and critical skills. Studies in fluid dynamics are essential to understanding how fires develop, behave and how they are modelled. Knowledge of combustion and fire, energy transfer and thermodynamics will be developed in areas such as fire and the built environment, fluid dynamics of fire. Case studies of accidents are examined in great analytical detail this year and some essential project management is introduced. Further mathematics and calculus are provided.

Year 3 (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry)
You will continue to develop and apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of enclosure fire dynamics, fire protection and undertake a team design project where you can apply fire engineering solutions. You will also undertake a research project (Fire Science Dissertation) on a project of interest allowing you to further develop the practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge required for a career in fire engineering. The accidents and catastrophes theme is specialised and developed in fire investigation using lab, computer and calculation approaches.

Year 4  (Year 5 if you started in the Foundation Entry)
This culminating year builds to a significant research project, a larger design project and some specialist input on computational fluid dynamics including practice. Themes of fire science, health and safety, and environment are developed. There is a postgraduate research methods module to bridge the undergraduate to postgraduate transition.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

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

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.


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 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.


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.


This course is ideal if you are aiming for senior roles after graduation in fire safety design roles. As a graduate you will be able to enter many roles within the fire industry, including with fire engineering companies, fire safety engineering consultants, fire safety officers within fire and rescue services or the wider public sector.

You’ll get the chance to take part in international exchange visits with our partner colleges/universities in the Middle East and Hong Kong, where English is widely spoken.

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.

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