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 of your mobility track. By your graduation, you have the bonus of international experience which is a highly regarded asset in the professional world.

To find out more visit the IMFSE website.

Degree Structure: 

Semester 1

Students can choose to study at either Ghent or Edinburgh. 

Ghent University (Belgium):

  • Fire Dynamics
  • Basics of Structural Engineering
  • Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Explosions and Industrial Fire Safety

And subscribe to 3 credit units from the following list (subject to approval by the faculty):

  • FSE Based Firefighting (3 credits)
  • Modelling of Turbulence and Combustion (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • Turbomachines (6 credits)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)

The University of Edinburgh (Scotland):

  • Fire Science and Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Safety, Engineering and Society
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Structural Mathematics

Semester 2

Lund University (Sweden):

  • Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Fire Dynamics
  • Human Behaviour in Fire
  • Simulation of Fires in Enclosures

Between Year 1 and Year 2 you can opt for doing an industrial internship.

Semester 3

Students choose to study at either Ghent or Edinburgh.

Ghent University (Belgium):

  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Active Fire Protection I: Detection and Suppression
  • Active Fire Protection II: Smoke and Heat Control
  • Fire Safety and Legislation
  • Performance-Based Design

And subscribe to 6 credit units from the following list (subject to approval by the faculty):

  • FSE Based Firefighting (3 credits)
  • Modelling of Turbulence and Combustion (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • Turbomachines (6 credits)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)

The University of Edinburgh (Scotland):

  • Fire Science Laboratory
  • Fire Investigation and Failure Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis for Solids
  • Structural Design for Fire

Semester 4

Masters Thesis (30 credits)

The Master thesis research is supervised in either Ghent, Lund or Edinburgh (full partners), in an Associated Partner (ETH Zürich - Switzerland, The University of Queensland - Australia, The University of Maryland - USA) or an industrial company.

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.

Our Graduate students said...: 

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

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Teaching Staff: 

Careers: 

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