Fire Engineering

Fire Engineering MEng

Fire and fire safety are key issues in the Energy Industries - this new programme was developed with the Energy Institute to meet the academic skills requirement of Chartered Engineers. It places an emphasis on the pure engineering aspects of fire safety, applying chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials and computational engineering to help prevent deaths, injuries and financial losses that run to billions of pounds a year. Because the application of fire engineering in the real world is multi-disciplinary, so is this course - you’ll carry out project work, liaising between fire engineers and other members of the design and management teams.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 4 years, Part-time: 5 -6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

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  • We’re a recognised Centre of Excellence for fire safety engineering and our research centre in Fire and Hazards Science is second to none.
  • This course builds on the training and educational programmes offered by the Institution of Fire Engineers.
  • You’ll get the chance to work with fire safety engineering companies, all with the aim of boosting your employability when you graduate.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

Compulsory modules

  • 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 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

Year 3 and 4

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
  • Safety, Fire and Environmental Management
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

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 including Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Environmental Science or Applied Science.  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. BTECs to include sufficient Science content.
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 96 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including relevant Science at HL.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: English and Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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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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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.

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.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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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.

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.

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.

Exciting Opportunities

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.

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.

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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: 2019 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.