Taught course

Fire and Rescue Service Management

University of Central Lancashire · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

Honours degree of the level 2.2 or above from a UK university or of the CNAA or its equivalent in an appropriate engineering or science discipline (forensic science, biology, chemistry, fire safety engineering etc); Degree or HNC or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience; Qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Strategic managers in the Fire and Rescue Service in risk critical situations face unique challenges in both preparing for and dealing with situations which threaten life and critical infrastructure or reputation. The purpose of this programme is to promote increased understanding of critical management processes and hopefully to enable satisfactory performance in high-consequence, high risk situations.

This programme brings together insights regarding risk perception and decision making across domains ranging from the operational context, cognitive psychology, economics, and public policy. It suggests strategies to ensure a mature effective response to various managerial situations. Critical decision makers should develop their abilities build capability to grasp a situation, formulate a response assess success and failure and redefine an improved response. The programme offers tools and strategies which allow managers to generate, evaluate, and select among decision options.

The course focuses on managerial decision making within the fire and rescue service, in both an operational and non-operational context. It includes environmental scanning (both external and internal), strategy formulation (strategic or long range planning), strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. Situational awareness and risk decision making in time pressured and high risk situations. Students will be tested in command simulations representative of those applicable to the emergency incident domain. The theory and practical sessions will build confidence through the development of practical expertise and specialist knowledge in the field of strategic management.

The course comprises the following modules:

  • Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • Accident and Catastrophes
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Strategic and Change Management
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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