International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering

MSc Degree Programme: 

Fire safety is an essential feature of any building or industrial plant during its lifetime. The application of engineering principles to meet design objectives is the worldwide trend in the performance-based design approach.

The three IMFSE full partners build upon their excellence in research and experience with existing educational programmes in fire Safety Engineering to deliver this unique programme. The mobility scheme allows you to spend a semester in each of the three full institutes or three affiliated institutes.

The "International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering" degree is a joint engineering degree signed by all three full partner universities and three affiliated universities, regardless your mobility track. By your mere graduation, you already have a bonus in a professional world where international experience is a strongly positively evaluated asset.

To find out more visit the IMFSE website.

Degree Structure: 

The global structure of IMFSE is shown in the figure below. The 2-year course consists of four semesters of 30 ECTS-credits each. The mobility structure, with possible change in study location after each semester, gives the students the opportunity to gain from the strengths and expertise of each of the three full partner or associated partner universities.

Semester 1 covers basic topics in fire safety engineering, and students have a choice of being taught in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend semester 2 in Lund, with emphasis on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behaviour. Semester 3 is again taught in Ghent (for general Fire Safety Engineering (FSE)) or Edinburgh (with focus on fire and structures engineering in the context of FSE). Semester 4 is dedicated to the Master's thesis, and students are hosted by one or more of the six institutes.

International Masters in Science Fire and Safety Engineering degree programme schema

Funding and Finance: 

For detailed information on the fees, please visit IMFSE Tuition Fees and IMFSE Financial Information. Further information about scholarships and tuition fee reductions available for this programme can be found at IMFSE Scholarships.

For specific estimated costs at Ghent, Lund or Edinburgh, see financial information on the respective university websites.

Before travelling to Europe, prospective students should make sure that they have sufficient financial resources to cover all expenses. Costs that should be anticipated with studying in Europe include the tuition fee, accommodation and daily expenses.

Student Feedback: 

Find out more about our International Masters in Fire Safety Engineering from this video interview with our 2015 Graduates:

A close up photograph of a flame of fire
International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering

Teaching Staff: 


We aim to train the next generation of leaders in this field; there is currently great demand for fire safety engineering graduates worldwide and graduates have gained relevant employment or enhanced career opportunities.

A fire safety engineer fulfills a broad range of duties, in various ways related to fire. This can range from designing fire protection for a space station, to protecting treasures such as the US Constitution, to safely securing the occupants of a high-rise building from fire hazards.

Fire safety engineers are in great demand by corporations, educational institutions, consulting firms, and government bodies around the world. You may find career opportunities in the following industries:

  • consulting engineering firms
  • fire departments
  • fire equipment and systems manufacturers
  • government
  • hospitals and health care facilities
  • insurance industry
  • research and testing laboratories
  • educational institutions
  • entertainment industry
  • forensic investigations