BEng/ BEng (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering

Approved Engineering Council degree for IEng standard route and partial fulfilment of CEng standard route.

Course Details

  • Classification: BEng/BEng (Hons)
  • Course Duration: 2 -3 Years
  • Course Start Date: 18 September 2017
  • Course Mode: Part Time
  • Subject Area: Engineering
  • Location: GCU London

Course Fees

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

The current fees for UK and EU students is £3800. International applicants should contact Dr Iain Sanderson at

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available on the GCU's website.

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.

The programme is delivered from QCF Level 4 (SCQF Level 8). The standard entry requirement is QCF Level 4 (SCQF Level 7) qualification in a relevant discipline.

Industry experience and/or professional qualifications can be taken into account in addition to, or in lieu of, standard entry qualification under the GCU Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Typical Entry Requirements

This programme is direct, advanced, entry only

Year 3: Relevant English/Welsh Fire Safety related Level 3/4 qualifications; SFRS Fire Safety Modules 1,2 and 3 or equivalent at HND level.

Year 4: Diploma of Higher Education in Fire Safety Design and Regulation or equivalent

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, your application may be considered. Where you do not have the typical entry qualifications you should submit a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Dr Iain Sanderson at

Employment Requirements

Applicants must be in full-time relevant employment.

Programme Content and structure

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

NB at GCU London the course starts at part time 3.

Programme Description

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 originally developed in close partnership with the Fire and Rescue Service Officer. It is unique in its focus on fire safety design and regulations.

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.

The Fire Risk Engineering programme at GCU was the first in the UK to achieve academic exemption by the Institution of Fire Engineers. Honours graduates qualify with the academic requirements for MIFireE membership.

The BEng (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering degree at GCU is the first in the UK to be accredited, through the Institution of Fire Engineers, with UK Engineering Council for IEng by standard route and partial fulfilment of CEng by standard route.

Key Staff

Programme Leader: Dr Bill Hay PhD BSc (Hons)
Lecturer: Kristen Salzer-Frost BE (Hons) BA MFSE
Lecturer: Dr Iain Sanderson PhD BSc (Hons)

Enquire About This Course

For further information about the course, please contact Dr Iain Sanderson by emailing