Fire Investigation

Anglia Ruskin University

Price on request

Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Methodology Distance learning
Duration 3 Years
Start 01/10/2018
  • Postgraduate
  • Distance learning
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:

At the end of the course, you will have improved your investigative abilities. You will be able to undertake correctly detailed fire investigations based on scientific principles and methodologies and have a greater understanding of all aspects of fire investigation from electricity to lab analyses and physical evidence interpretation. In addition, you will be more capable of presenting your findings in a logical and comprehensive manner to people ranging from lay persons to experts.
Suitable for: People currently working in the field of fire and explosion investigation, this course is intended to meet the needs of operational fire brigade fire investigation officers, scenes of crime officers and forensic scientists.

Important information

Requirements: It is not possible to explicitly define entry requirements. All applicants will be dealt with on an individual basis. Candidates will be required to demonstrate to the University's satisfaction that they have reached a level of competence equal to that of a Bachelors degree, either by possession of such a degree or by alternative means.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 Oct 2018
Distance Learning
Starts 01 Oct 2018
Distance Learning

What you'll learn on the course

Fire Safety
Fire prevention
Analytical skills
Combustion Science
Fire Investigation
Electricity and Fire

Course programme

Course overview

The content of the programme reflects those aspects of the National Core Curriculum in Fire Safety Studies that are directly related to Fire Investigation. In addition, the course content is in line with Level 2: National Occupational Standards, and provides a sound foundation on which to base a (Level 2: Fire Investigation; Level 3: Incident Reconstruction) CRFP application.

The vast majority of course material will be provided as Word documents or PowerPoint presentations on CD. Teaching is not limited to remote methods and you will be required to attend up to five or six 2-day study weekends at the Cambridge Campus.

The third year is given over to the preparation of a research-based thesis. The course is intended to meet the needs of students in respect of both scene investigator requirements and ongoing professional/certification requirements.

Core modules

  • Combustion Science
  • Fire Scene Investigation and Documentation
  • Electricity and Fire
  • Research Methods and Preparation
  • Masters Research Project

Optional modules

  • Fire-related Analytical Methods
  • People, Fire and the Law
  • Explosions and Explosives


Assessment is primarily by the submission of reports, essays and reviews, and by tests delivered at the study weekends (alternative arrangements are made for those who cannot attend these). Students are required to give a presentation as part of the assessment of their research project. This is normally done during their final study weekend.


3 years, part-time.

Teaching times

  • One 2-day study weekend per semester in Cambridge.

Teaching times for guidance only and subject to change.

Additional information

Comments: The Department's excellent array of modern analytical equipment and state-of-the-art laboratories will be utilised during the study weekends.
Career opportunities: Possible careers are in fire investigation, scenes of crime work and other related professions with an aspect of fire investigation.