In just a brief duration of time - in a few minutes or even in a fraction of a second - a fire or an explosion can have catastrophic consequences in residential buildings or in industrial plant. In UK alone, hundreds get killed and tens of thousands are injured every year. Some single incidents cost millions of pounds, the total monetary cost of fire and explosions in the UK is estimated at £12 billion per year or approximately 1% of GDP.This course offers students from diverse academic backgrounds advanced training in the field of Fire and Explosion Engineering for those wishing to embark on a career, or further develop their career, in the industry. Particular emphasis is placed on fire and explosion protection systems within a legislative framework that is complex and fast-changing.Core modules will cover both foundation and advanced aspects of fire and explosion engineering, from the factors that influence flame spread to the latest research in explosion prediction. You’ll also gain a firm grounding in fire safety design and have the chance to design a fire protection system for a complex building.
Some of the modules on this programme are offered as short courses by the Faculty of Engineering’s Continuing Professional Development unit.
Find out more about our Fire Engineering short courses
This programme is also available to study part-time over 36 months.
You’ll study core modules that allow you to understand issues such as flame spread and steady burning, as well as developing your knowledge of fire protection designs for complex buildings. You’ll also review research around explosions, how they can be predicted and mitigated.
A major part of the MSc are two projects that will give you valuable experience and skills.
The first project involves the design of a protection system, so you’ll learn about the application of techniques such as sprinklers, pressurisation, smoke venting, automatic fire detectors, means of escape and emergency lighting systems.
The other is a lab or computational based project taking into account your own preferences. You can choose from the list of topics we offer each year, but most part-time students choose to put forward their own topic which may be related to the interests of the employer or sponsor. If you take this course part-time with the support of your employer, you can undertake your projects in the workplace.
Both projects are assessed on the basis of a written dissertation and an oral presentation.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll need to visit Leeds six or seven times over three years. You’ll attend two presentation days and either four or five teaching weeks, depending on whether you choose the e-learning module Fire Risk Assessment and Management.
Course features include:
The taught modules are assessed by coursework and 'open book' tests; typically within a period of 6-10 weeks from start to finish.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Fire and Explosion module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
Each taught module is delivered in an intensive one-week block, allowing full and part-time students to study alongside each other. These teaching weeks will allow you to benefit from the expertise of our own academics – informed by their groundbreaking research – as well as a range of visiting lecturers from industry to gain an understanding of fire and explosion engineering in theory and practice.
Taught modules are assessed by via coursework and ‘open book’ tests, typically within 6-10 weeks from start to finish.
Challenging career opportunities for fire and explosion professionals are available in just about every type of business, industry and government operation.
They include fire and explosion consultancies, fire safety planning offices of local authorities, civil engineering and architectural companies, chemical/pharmaceutical companies, the oil and gas industries, fire and explosion protection equipment manufacturers, government bodies and departments, specialist research and testing labs and insurance companies.
Links with industry
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to meet potential employers at the week-long taught courses.
The Fire programme at Leeds is actively supported and sponsored by, amongst others, the following companies/organisations: