Fire and Rescue Service Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Fire and Rescue Service Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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    Full time: One Year, Part time: Two or Three Years. The research project may be completed in the second year by agreement. (Nine modules. (Dissertation = three modules)

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Why study this programme?

The purpose of the MSc in Fire and Rescue Service Management is to promote increased understanding of critical management processes and hopefully to enable satisfactory performance in high-consequence, high risk situations.

Strategic managers in the Fire and Rescue Service in risk critical situations face unique challenges in both preparing for and dealing with situations which threaten life and critical infrastructure or reputation.

This postgraduate course brings together insights regarding risk perception and decision making across domains ranging from the operational context, cognitive psychology, economics, and public policy. It suggests strategies to ensure a mature effective response to various managerial situations.

MSc Fire and Rescue Service Management develops the abilities of critical decision makers to grasp a situation, formulate a response assess success and failure and redefine an improved response. The course offers tools and strategies which allow Fire and Rescue Service managers to generate, evaluate, and select among decision options.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary and you are advised to check for any specific requirements with Enquiry Management and on our website. Normally the following general entry requirements apply:

Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses:

  • A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate.

Taught Masters Courses:

  • A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.
    Specific entry requirements for this course are:
  • Honours degree of the level 2.2 or above from a UK university or of the CNAA or its equivalent in an appropriate engineering or science discipline (forensic science, biology, chemistry, fire safety engineering etc.)
  • Degree or HNC or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience;
    Qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • The Expert Witness in the Legal Process


Year 2

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Research Methods
  • Accidents and Catastrophes

Year 3

  • Research Project (Triple module; Can be completed in Year 2)

Further Information

Safety, Health and Environmental Management
This module allows students the opportunity to investigate and explore selected areas of certain environmental and safety laws in the context of their own specialism develop the ability to critically appraise safety systems and cultures in the management and control of safety and health with particular emphasis upon human factors and continuous improvement processes.

Accident and Catastrophes
This module aims to develop an awareness and understanding of accident and catastrophe phenomena and their impact on society. This module will help the students to develop analytical and investigative skills applied to accident and catastrophes, and their prevention. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance students’ employability skills such as critical thinking, independent research, and problem solving and working with others.

Risk Assessment and Management
This module is intended to provide a co-ordinated professional approach to the assessment and management of risk in relation to management processes, security and insurance.

The Expert Witness in the Legal Process
This module introduces the student to the basics skills of an expert scientific witness. It is designed to provide:


  • An in-depth knowledge of the relevant law and procedure which applies to the expert witness in domestic and international legal proceedings; court procedure and the duty of the expert witness in legal proceedings;
  • The practical skills required to present evidence in both written format and orally in court; and practical experience in the preparation of complex expert reports and appearing in court as an expert witness.


Emergency Preparedness and Response
This module aims to develop the students understanding of management and leadership in the context of the Fire and Rescue Service and the reform of the public services in general. It will develop concepts and methods for becoming effective change agents including employee relations and human resource management. From the operational perspective the module has been designed to develop a student’s understanding of emergency preparedness, response and recovery with specific focus on emergency management at local, regional and national levels. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance student’s ability for critical thinking, independent research, and problem solving, focusing on the main issues and working with others.

Strategic and Change Management
This module provides a conceptual and theoretical foundation to the study of strategic management and also focuses on the complex nature of planning and managing change.

Research Methods
Develops a wide range of skills including technical documentation, project management, data analysis and retrieval, writing and research skills, and library use.

Research Project
Every student will undertake a research project, which will use and enhance many of the skills learnt on the course. The project will be based within the University or on a placement with a suitable industry partner. The result should be a publishable quality paper and students will also be required to give a presentation of their findings.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


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.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £795 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Professional Accreditation

There are potential short-term placements within fire and rescue services.

There are exchange visits to Hong Kong Fire Service offered to a limited number of students and also opportunities to work with International partners to develop fire and rescue service infrastructure in those countries where there are limited resources available.

Learning Environment and Assessment

MSc students take practical classes, carry out casework and conduct lab-based dissertation research projects. Students also have access to a wide range of analytical instrumentation in the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Analytical Unit. In collaboration with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service all students are tested in a simulated command environment.

Assessment is by examinations, practicals and coursework. Practical assessment involves command simulations.

The course focuses on managerial decision making within the fire and rescue service, in both an operational and non-operational context. It includes environmental scanning (both external and internal), strategy formulation (strategic or long range planning), strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. Situational awareness and risk decision making in time pressured and high risk situations. Students will be tested in command simulations representative of those applicable to the emergency incident domain. The theory and practical sessions will build confidence through the development of practical expertise and specialist knowledge in the field of strategic management.


Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

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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.