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 fulfilment 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.

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.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


BEng (Hons)
Part Time
3 - 5 Years
Sep 2022
GCU London
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
BEng (Hons) Part Time 3 - 5 Years Sep 2022 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 3

Available in London on a part-time basis

Applicants with a HND or equivalent qualifications and relevant experience, including evidence of CPD may be accepted onto the programme

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

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Full details of the alternative English language tests we accept are available on this page.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the pre-sessional online English programme.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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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 £2 million per year.

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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. It is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.