The International Master Program of Science in Fire Safety Engineering 2017

Publish Date: Jan 27, 2017

Deadline: Jan 31, 2017

The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering is...

...a 2-year full time educational Master programme
...set up in the Erasmus+ framework
...offering an internationally recognized joint master degree
...commonly organized by 6 universities:

  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • The University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
  • The University of Maryland (USA)

List of courses

A list of courses of the IMFSE programme is given below. Additional information on the curriculum can also be found in the Ghent University programme catalog.

Year 1

Semester 1

Ghent University (Belgium)

  • Fire Dynamics
  • Basics of Structural Engineering
  • Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer
  • AND subscribe to 9 credit units from the following list:*
  • FSE Based Firefighting (3)
  • Modelling of Turbulence and Combustion (3)
  • Turbomachines (6)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
    *Subject to approval by the faculty.

The University of Edinburgh (UK)

  • Fire science and fire dynamics
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Fire Safety, Engineering and Society (*)
  • Engineering project management
    (*) This course replaces 'Fire Investigation and Failure Analysis' which will move to semester 3 from 2017-2018 onwards.

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.

Year 2

Semester 3

Ghent University (Belgium)

  • The University of Edinburgh(UK)
  • Explosions and industrial fire safety
  • 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

The University of Edinburgh(UK)

  • Fire Science Laboratory
  • Structural Design for Fire
  • Fire Safety, Engineering and Society (*)
  • Finite Element Analysis for Solids
    (*) This course will be replaced by 'Fire Investigation and Failure Analysis' from 2017-2018 onwards.

Semester 4

Master 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.

Academic requirements and prerequisites

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  • A Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits) in civil / structural / mechanical / electrical / chemical / industrial engineering, material sciences, chemistry, physics, applied physics, architecture, urbanism and spatial planning or a related discipline.

Note: Students in their last year of a Bachelor's programme at the time of application will also be considered for admission. It is the applicant's responsibility that the Bachelor degree is obtained prior to the start of the IMFSE programme.

  • Proficiency in the English language (see below)

Please refer to this indicative list of prerequisite topics that IMFSE expects to be a priori knowledge for admission to the programme.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and is competition-based.

English language requirements

IMFSE is an English taught programme and an English language proficiency is thus a basic requirement. Applicants must therefore provide us with one of the following certificates:

  • A recent (maximum two years old) IELTS (Academic) Certificate (TRF: test report form) with a minimum score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section).
  • A recent (maximum two years old) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade B.
  • A recent (maximum two years old) TOEFL-iBT (internet-based) Certificate with a minimum score of 92 (with at least 20 in each section). 
  • NEW! A recent (maximum two years old) Pearson PTE (Academic) Certificate with a minimum score of 62 (with at least 56 in each section and at least 61 for writing).
  • NEW! A recent (maximum two years old) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C.
  • NEW! A recent (maximum two years old) Trinity ISE II Certificate with distinctions in all four components.

Student life

Moving north 

After a short winter break in Belgrade, it was time to continue the IMFSE adventure and head on north. The second semester was about to kick off in Swedish province of Scania, at the oldest institution of higher education in Scandinavia, the eminent University of Lund. My new ”moving process” was quite interesting and marked by some lucky circumstances. My friend and colleague, Arjan, decided to travel from Gent to Lund by his car and he was kind enough to help me transfer most of my stuff! Additionally, there is a direct flight from Belgrade to Malmö, and it is fortunately operated by a low-cost airline, so moving north turned out to be super simple & smooth.

I arrived late on Sunday night, and headed directly to student’s dorm ‘’Spoletorp North’’ to see my dear Gent colleagues and meet our fellows from Edinburgh. One of the reasons why the semester in Lund is so special, is because we finally gather as the whole IMFSE generation in one place. I was quite glad to find out how perfectly tailored our whole group is, consisting of so many different great people from all around the World! We shared our experiences from the first semester in Gent and Edinburgh, and compared the things we have learnt, and those conversations definitely motivated us all to look forward even more towards the third semester. But before the third semester, comes of course the second!

Already the first day at the LTH (Lunds tekniska högskola – Faculty of Engineering) I was impressed by several things. First of all the politeness of the whole staff – professors, assistants, administrators, coordinators. Everyone was extremely helpful, and had answers to any possible question. After taking a few classes and doing a mini-tour around a few engineering buildings, I figured out that studying conditions are above every expectation, and simply on a world-class level. During the break we also discovered a really good student’s restaurant which will definitely make our lunch-time much nicer! All in all the first impression of the University is just excellent and extremely inspiring for doing some serious studying and living a nice student life!

The one thing that Lund student’s are famous for are the student’s ’’Nations’’. Those are some sort of student’s ’’fraternities’’, and they organize various student’s activities, from brunches and dinners to amazing parties, student excursions, sport sessions and many more things! We obviously became members and already had some nice gatherings and met some more interesting people from different nationalities. Seems like student’s life in Lund won’t be boring at all!


The IMFSE application procedure consists of different steps. Before you apply, read this information:

  • Step 1) Determine whether you are eligible for the IMFSE-programme by checking the academic and language requirements;
  • Step 2) Prepare all the documents that you will need during the application procedure;
  • Step 3) Fill in and submit the application form (digitally) and send it to the IMFSE office (hard copy)

Frequently asked questions
For more questions about your application, visit FAQ page.

Application deadlines

  • The application deadline for scholarship applicants is 31 January 2017.
  • The application deadline for self-sponsoring applicants is 30 April 2017.

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