Fires and Explosions - PSCI6010

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module covers a range of core chemical science that relates to fire and explosive events. The applied investigation of such events is also discussed to give students a wider appreciation of previous case studies and the complexities of post-fire and post-blast investigations.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Assignment 1 (4 hours) – 10%
• Assignment 2 (4 hours) – 10%
• Examination (3 hours) – 80%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: Time-Bound Online Assessment

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the physics and chemistry of fires and explosions.
2. Demonstrate wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of the principal areas of forensic investigation of fires and explosions.
3. Demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the analysis and identification of accelerants, incendiary devices, explosives and explosive residues.
4. Safely and confidently manage fire and explosion scenes.
5. Demonstrate expansive knowledge and understanding of the observation and assessment of damage to buildings and vehicles, and injury to persons.
6. Accurately identify of the causes of fires and explosions, and their classification as natural, accidental, negligent or deliberate.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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