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Fire Scene Investigation

1 year
September 2024

We have collaborated with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) to create an exciting programme of study in Fire Scene Investigation which will see you investigate the cause and origin of fires, using multi-disciplinary science and research methodology.

Why study with us

  • Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI).
  • Benefit from our new £35m Engineering Innovation Centre, including 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.
  • You’ll have unique access to Washington Hall, the UK’s international fire, training and development centre.

What you’ll do

  • The theory and practical sessions will build your confidence and expertise in the field of fire scene investigation and reporting protocols.
  • You’ll study the principles of fuels, sources of ignition and fire behaviour in buildings, fire modelling and dynamics and development hypothesis testing.
  • You’ll also learn how to give evidence as an expert witness in court and study the anatomy of large scale accidents and catastrophes.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Tracy Bradford
Senior Lecturer in Fire Safety engineering
Simon Cable
Senior Lecturer Fire Safety Fire Protection
Dr Tony Graham
Senior Lecturer in Fire Engineering


Industry links

We are linked to Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and their Training Centre

Future careers

As a graduate of the Fire Scene Investigation course you’ll be well placed to work in fire investigation teams, forensic science laboratories, and fraud departments in major government or private organisations. Or, you could go on to further research in academia.

Study in our Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

During your studies with us you’ll benefit from our new £35 million EIC building which provides an integrated teaching space in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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