IMFSE - International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering
- Duration: 1 year 8 months
The joint programme (EMMC) in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) establishes a top-level education in Fire Safety Engineering. Students completing the EMMC will be qualified for technical or scientific jobs in the field of FSE and will have a network of contacts in the field.
Currently, the application of fire safety codes and design procedures is evolving from a prescriptive towards a performance-based approach. This evolution is accompanied with an equally drastic transformation of the educational framework and an increase in the number of needed professionals in Fire Safety Engineering.
The three partners (Ghent University, Lund University and The University of Edinburgh) build upon their excellence in research and experience with existing educational programmes in FSE to deliver this new EMMC. Each partner has their own expertise. Ghent specializes in the behaviour and modelling of fire and explosions ('general FSE'). Lund is a recognized leader in human behaviour in fires, fire modelling and risk analysis. Edinburgh is the developer of the first curriculum in structural fire safety engineering, with a focus on infrastructure.
The duration of the program is 2 years (120 ECTS credits). The language of instruction is English. The students spend semester 1 and 3 in either Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend semester 2 in Lund. The fourth term covers the master's thesis, for which one of the three partners will be responsible, although the work can be done in another institute (if appropriate). All of the involved higher education institutes already provide education in Fire Safety Engineering, each with a world wide reputation of exellence. The partners will deliver a joint degree ('International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering', called 'Master (Two Years) of Science in Fire Safety Technology' at Lund University*).
Applicants should have a Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits) in civil/electrical/ chemical /electromechanical/computer science/industrial engineering, material sciences, engineering physics, architecture, or a related discipline. Other criteria that will be taken into account are awards, TOEFL scores, external references and details of earlier project work.
- The name 'Fire Safety Engineering' cannot be used in Sweden because it is protected according to Swedish Higher Education Ordinance; this has no practical implications and the diploma is a true joint degree, issued by the three universities.
- GHENT UNIVERSITY, Belgium (Co-ordinating institution)
- UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
- LUND UNIVERSITY, Sweden