Fire and Explosion Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Fire and Explosion Engineering MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2016. If you are starting in September 2017, these will give you are flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project - 60 credits
You will undertake a research project during the summer months.

Recent projects include:

  • Aircraft fuel tank vapour/air explosions
  • Investigation of air-starved fires using the cone calorimeter
  • Venting of gas explosions; venting using gases of different reactivity.

Explosion Prediction and Mitigation - 30 credits
Provides an in-depth understanding of turbulent combustion and of the development of vapour cloud explosions in congested process plant and inside complex vessels. 

Fire Dynamics and Modelling - 15 credits
Applies general combustion principles to fires, reviews the parameters that influence flame spread and steady burning, and gives the tools to quantify the burning rate in compartment fires, predict the rate of development of the fire and the onset of flashover. It applies these concepts to fire protection design. Develops understanding of the factors influencing smoke movement and their application to smoke control.

Fire Safety Design - 45 credits
Provides an understanding of the mechanisms of emission of the main air pollutants and the principles of the processes used for the control of air pollution from stationary industrial sources.

Optional modules 

Fire and Explosion Investigation - 15 credits 
Provides a large part of the scientific knowledge and understanding needed in fire and explosion investigation within the framework of current legislation. The module is delivered by a large team of practitioners and academics, all experts in their particular fields of contribution.

Fire and Safety Law - 15 credits
Covers UK and European legislation in the fields of fire, safety and hazardous materials. Also provides an understanding of how this is implemented through the detailed analysis of case studies.

Fire Risk Assessment and Management - 15 credits
Covers risk assessment concepts, techniques and the data required for an evaluation of fire risk in most buildings/facilities. Qualitative risk evaluation is covered in detail and a number of quantitative tools are introduced and illustrated, some with case studies. This module is delivered by e-learning.