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This Fire Scene Investigation course at University of Wolverhampton  provides opportunities for experienced fire investigators and forensic scene investigators to fast-track to an MSc degree.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The delivery of the course would involve a partnership between one of the leading centres of fire investigation in the UK and the University. Both partners have an established track record in delivering training and education with a vocational aspect in this area.
  • The Oldbury Fire Investigation facility will allow the student a unique hands-on practical experience that is not offered by any other MSc course in the Midlands region.
  • There are opportunities for experienced fire investigators and forensic scene investigators to fast-track to the MSc.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will demonstrate:

  • a systematic understanding of the underpinning science, technology and legal issues that informs fire investigation;
  • a comprehensive understanding of the investigative techniques and the current tools used in fire investigation;
  • the ability to critically evaluate current research and methodologies in fire investigation;
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in fire investigation.

Career path

Unfortunately, fires are always going to happen. There will always be a need to investigate these as the consequences of fires are extensive damage to persons and property. The applied nature of this course means that a number of career paths are available to you. These include:

  • Crime scene investigators.
  • Fire Investigators working for Fire Services.
  • Independent Fire Investigators working for a range of insurance companies.
  • The MSc also provides suitable preparation for further research/professional study at Doctoral level leading to a PhD or Professional doctorate (DBMS).

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Fire Science and Building Construction
  • Evidence Gathering at Fire Scenes
  • Fire Scene Investigation Practical
  • Interpretation of Fire Scenes
  • Managing Fire Scene Investigations and Report Writing
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    160

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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    54

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

You will be expected to hold a good upper second-class honours degree in a subject appropriate to the course. Such courses could include any of the sciences (as well as engineering).

Tuition Fee

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    12700 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 12700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    12700 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 12700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Wolverhampton

  • 550 - 900 GBP/month
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