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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Healthcare Fire Safety Management

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Healthcare Fire Safety Management
Programme code BSPT57
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty-six calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Entrance Requirements to the programme are: 

i)              possession of a degree or equivalent


ii)         possession of the academic requirements for corporate membership of

a British Chartered professional institution;


iii)         hold any other relevant qualification and experience approved by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:29:01 BST

1. Programme Aims

This multi-disciplinary Postgraduate Programme in Healthcare Fire Safety Management is aimed at professional healthcare Fire Safety Officers, those wishing to move from another field within healthcare and those working in specialist management areas wishing to broaden their expertise.

The programme is delivered as a series of short courses for part-time study and aims to:

  • Provide a current view of fire safety management in healthcare encompassing both organisational issues and specialist areas. It particularly focuses on the integration of fire safety management into strategic and operational planning for the provision of a high quality health service;
  • Develop participants knowledge in healthcare fire safety planning and related issues involving emergency planning and business continuity.
  • Increase participants job competencies in respect of healthcare fire safety management 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Programme conforms to the benchmarks published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in respect of awards in business and management in 2002. Specifically the programme meets the requirements of a specialist programme   for career development.

Framework for Higher Educational Qualifications (FHEQ)

Relevant competencies in the Membership of the Emergency Planning Society competencies criteria

Relevant competencies in the Business Continuity Institute membership criteria

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The organisational and scientific bases of the Healthcare Fire  Safety Officer’s role. 
  • The tools and techniques used in healthcare fire safety management and most especially in the assessment and management of fire and related risk. 
  • The principles and practice of the planning, organisation, monitoring and reviewing of healthcare fire safety systems.
  • The issues and concerns relating to business continuity planning in regard to Fire Safety.
  • The principles and practice of change management. 
  • The theoretical issues relating to research methodology.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Identify specific fire hazards and risks in particular healthcare environments and the potential for fire spread and serious consequences 
  • Conduct fire risk assessments inpatient and non patient areas 
  • Critically review existing fire safety policies
  • Evaluate fire related elements of major incident plans 
  • Critically review evacuation plans and systems 
  • Evaluate business continuity plans
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Produce fire safety and related policies for their organisation
  • Use a range of risk assessment tools and carry out risk assessment within their own organisation 
  • Devise and maintain systems for the collection of data on untoward incidents 
  • Develop effective risk control strategies for healthcare fire safety 
  • Evaluate fire safety equipment 
  • Devise an Evacuation Plan for their organisation
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Establish management systems
  • Communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Motivate others to take action.
  • Present technical and complex concepts in a form which is
  • understandable to managers.
  • Use information and communication technology appropriately in acquiring, analysing and communicating information.

4. Programme structure

4.1   Modules



Modular Weight


The Healthcare Fire Safety Managers Role






Assessment of Fire Risk in Healthcare






Healthcare Fire Safety Governance






Business and Reputation Aspects of Healthcare Fire Safety Management






Managing Change






Research Methodology






Masters Project





†partially by distance learning


4.2    For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also: 

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate candidates must have accumulated 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must complete BSP500 to BSP502

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma candidates must have attended modules with a total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, candidates must have attended BSP500 to BSP656.

Candidates, who having completed the full Certificate programme elect to transfer to the Diploma programme, will be required to complete a further 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must have completed BSP503 to BSP656.

Candidates must also have accumulated at least 100 credits and achieved module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a total module weight of 20.

5.1.3  To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all of the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits from BSP657, the Masters Project.


5.2  Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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