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International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (MSc)

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    24 months full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    04 October 2019

Programme description

The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) is a two-year educational programme in the Erasmus+ framework.

This masters programme is jointly offered by the following three full partner universities:

Additionally, there are three associated partners where students can perform thesis research:

  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • The University of Maryland, United States of America

Classes in Edinburgh focus on fire dynamics, fire safety engineering and structural design for fire. Classes in Ghent have a more general fire safety engineering focus. Classes in Lund emphasise enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behaviour.

The Fire Group at the University of Edinburgh hosts bespoke equipment to support groundbreaking research and teaching, with combined thermal and mechanical loading and use of the latest image analysis techniques.

IMFSE is very pleased to involved 15 industrial partners as official sponsors. With their annual financial contributions, it has been made possible to create the IMFSE Sponsorship Consortium, which awards IMFSE students with full or partial scholarships. The current sponsors are:

  • Arup
  • IFIC Forensics
  • NFPA
  • GAE Engineering
  • Kingspan
  • WSP
  • Promat
  • FPC
  • BRE
  • Fire Engineered Solutions Ghent
  • OFR Consultants
  • Basler & Hofmann
  • Jensen Hughes
  • Rockwool
  • DBI

Programme structure

The programme consists of four semesters each worth 30 ECTS credits. Changing study location after each semester lets you benefit from the expertise of each university.

Year 1

Semester 1

Students choose to study at either Ghent or Edinburgh.

Ghent University (Belgium):

  • Fire Dynamics (6 credits)
  • Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer (6 credits)
  • Explosions and Industrial Fire Safety (6 credits)
  • Research Seminar (3 credits)
  • Material Behaviour at Ambient and Elevated Tempratures (3 credits)

Students subscribe to no less than 6 and no more than 9 credit units from the following list (subject to approval by the faculty):

  • Analysis of Structures (3 credits)
  • Design for Structural Fire Resistance (3 credits)
  • Applications of Advanced Structural Fire Engineering (3 credits)

Students subscribe to no more than 3 credit units from the following list. (subject to approval by the faculty):

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • Turbomachines (6 credits)
  • Modelling of Turbulence and Combustion (3 credits)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
  • FSE Based Firefighting (3 credits)
  • Data-Driven Management of Fire Incidents (3 credits)

The University of Edinburgh (Scotland):

  • Fire Science and Fire Dynamics (9 credits)
  • Fire Safety, Engineering and Society (9 credits)
  • Fire Safety Engineering (6 credits)
  • Structural Mechanics (6 credits)

Semester 2

Lund University (Sweden):

  • Risk Assessment (8 credits)
  • Advanced Fire Dynamics (9 credits)
  • Human Behaviour in Fire (8 credits)
  • Simulation of Fires in Enclosures (5 credits)

Internship opportunities are available after Year 1.

Year 2

Semester 3

Students choose to study at either Ghent or Edinburgh.

Ghent University (Belgium):

  • Passive Fire Protection (3 credits)
  • Active Fire Protection I: Detection and Suppression (6 credits)
  • Active Fire Protection II: Smoke and Heat Control (6 credits)
  • Fire Safety and Legislation (3 credits)
  • Performance-Based Design (6 credits)

Students subscribe to no less than 6 and no more than 9 credit units from the following list (subject to approval by the faculty):

  • Analysis of Structures (3 credits)
  • Design for Structural Fire Resistance (3 credits)
  • Applications of Advanced Structural Fire Engineering (3 credits)

Students subscribe to no more than 3 credit units from the following list (subject to approval by the faculty):

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • Turbomachines (6 credits)
  • Modelling of Turbulence and Combustion (3 credits)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
  • FSE Based Firefighting (3 credits)
  • Data-Driven Management of Fire Incidents (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

The MSc 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.

Learning outcomes

The course contents and learning outcomes of IMFSE have been jointly developed, taking into account the specialties and experience of each of the three IMFSE universities. All three partners have extensive experience in teaching the different courses and integrating them into different degree requirements.

Career opportunities

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 fulfils 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

Visit the International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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