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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.

Quick Facts

Duration: 3-4 year (full-time)
Starting Date: September
Tuition Fee: £11,500/year  (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

Career Opportunities

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.

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It is clear that society needs to address an ever increasing complexity of questions regarding fire risk in buildings The Fire Risk Engineering program at Glasgow Caledonian University seems to have found a very solid niche in education in this area.

Director General at Iceland Construction Authority and former external examiner and Director General of the Icelandic Fire Authority. 

Course Contents

  • Principles of Fire Safety Analysis & The Practice of Fire Safety Design & Regulation
  • Computer-Aided Modelling Techniques
  • Risk Management
  • Introduction to Maths and Structure
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Structural Fire Protection
  • Suppression Systems Design
  • CAD and Computational Fluid Dynamics

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