BEng (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering

Fire Risk Engineering is a relatively new discipline within the construction industry, driven by developments in fire safety legislation.

The GCU programme - one of the few offered in the UK - was developed in close partnership with the Fire and Rescue Service. It is unique in its focus on fire safety design and regulations. It was the first in the UK to achieve academic exemption by the Institution of Fire Engineers at MIFireE level.

The course has also been approved by the UK Engineering Council for IEng standard route and partial fulfillment of CEng standard route. Risk management, forecasting, problem solving and communication are all part of the programme, which has strong links with consultants and regulators who share their knowledge through guest lectures, case study materials and site visits. A number of Fire and Rescue Service Officers are associate lecturers.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad or undertake an accredited work placement, as well as an optional work placement.

This programme can be studied part-time at our London campus and full-time or part-time in Glasgow.

Your career

Career prospects are excellent with the fire services, construction companies, consultancy, offshore oil industry, and local authorities in the UK and overseas.

Some of our graduates are now working in consultancy in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the USA as well as throughout the UK.

Year 1

Foundation level - Building Design, Technology and Performance.

Year 2

Principles of Fire Safety Analysis & The Practice of Fire Safety Design & Regulation, Computer-Aided Modelling Techniques, Risk Management, Introduction to Maths and Structure.

Year 3

Work placement or studies with one of our partner universities; Fire Dynamics, Structural Fire Protection, Suppression Systems Design, CAD and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Year 4

Honours Dissertation, further study of topics such as Smoke Control Systems Design, Evacuation Systems Design, Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Engineering Design.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

  • 2017/18

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BEng (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
18 Sep 2017
GCU Glasgow
H121
BEng (Hons)
Part Time
4 Years
18 Sep 2017
GCU Glasgow
 
BEng (Hons)
Part Time
3 Years
18 Sep 2017
GCU London
 
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 18 Sep 2017 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Part Time 4 Years 18 Sep 2017 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Part Time 3 Years 18 Sep 2017 GCU London Enquire Apply
  • 2018/19

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BEng (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
17 Sep 2018
GCU Glasgow
H121
BEng (Hons)
Part Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2018
GCU Glasgow
 
BEng (Hons)
Part Time
3 Years
17 Sep 2018
GCU London
 
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 17 Sep 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Part Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Part Time 3 Years 17 Sep 2018 GCU London Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

Available in Glasgow on a full-time basis

SQA Higher
BBCC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science.
A level
CCC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or another Technology/Engineering subject.
ILC Higher
H2 H2 H4 H4 including Maths and Physics. English is also required at Ordinary Level O2.
IB Diploma
25 points must include Maths and Physics
BTEC
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM
SWAP Access
SWAP STEM programme at BBB

Year 2

Available in Glasgow or London on a part-time basis

HNC or HND
HNC or HND Civil Engineering or Built Environment subject with B in the Graded Unit/s.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees you pay and the funding and support available is determined by your fee status. Find out more about fee status. You will find full details of the tuition fees for 2017/18 intake here.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

Scholarships

Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View 2017/18 scholarships

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

For new international students, orientation events start on 15 September 2017. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

More information is available from our award winning Visa Immigration Support & Advice (VISA) team.

Students have the opportunity for International Exchange. This could be for one trimester or a whole year study at another institution, often at one of our European partners, where courses are offered in English. Currently students taking this option do so at Year 3 and gain credits towards their degree.

The BEng (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering has been recognised as an approve course with academic exemption by the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Written exam

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Coursework assessment

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Practical exam

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Scheduled learning and teaching

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Independent study

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Placement study

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