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Fire Scene Investigation MSc / PgDip / PgCert

Fire Scene Investigation MSc / PgDip / PgCert

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Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Fire Engineering Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

This exciting course has been created in collaboration with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS). It provides the scientific background research methodology and fire science necessary to undertake practical fire investigation. A strength of the course is our unique access to real fire scenes created specifically for investigation at LFRS’s International Training Centre at Washington Hall.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by Institution of Fire Engineers at Member Grade; Accredited by Energy Institute at Member Grade with Chartered status available with additional post qualification development.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Theoretical input is undertaken at the University using state of the art facilities. Practical sessions are carried out at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre using live burn facilities and full-scale room investigations.

Assessment of the learning outcomes is through coursework and unseen examinations.


To enhance your work experience, you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

Students graduating from this course will be well placed to gain employment in fire investigation teams, forensic science laboratories, and fraud departments in major government or private organisations, or to go on to further research in academia. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


This module is based on Introduction to accidents, catastrophes, hazards & disasters, Industry-related risks and hazards, Accidents and catastrophes in industry, Accidents and catastrophes in specific industries, Main dangers of different accidents and catastrophes , Catastrophe prevention, Terrorist attacks and threats, Emergency management and Case Studies.
Research Project - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

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.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading, modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovative, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire students, the university provides a high-quality experience in modern surroundings. UCLan received a silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework, and offers over 200 taught and research postgraduate courses across a range of subjects. There’s a...more

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