Master's Programme in Fire Safety Engineering

Lund University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Fire Safety Engineering

Lund University

Programme overview

The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) is a two-year educational programme in the Erasmus Mundus framework. This Master’s programme is organised jointly by:

  • Ghent University, Belgium (coordinator)
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • The University of Edinburgh, UK

These three leading European research universities with complementary expertise in the field of Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) join together with the main objective of creating an educational programme that defines the required knowledge for a professional fire safety engineer, capable of developing a Performance Based Design (PBD). The three IMFSE universities are leading European institutions in the field of fire safety, providing both educational programmes and high-level research. Ghent aims at general FSE, Lund is recognised in enclosure fire dynamics, CFD modelling, human behaviour during fires and evacuation and towards methods for risk assessment, and Edinburgh is the developer of the first curriculum in structural Fire Safety Engineering. The consortium also has three associated partners: ETH Zürich – Switzerland, The University of Queensland – Australia, and The University of Maryland – USA.

Fire Safety Engineering

Fire Safety Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that requires a deep understanding of building design and construction,the thermo-chemical processes associated to fire growth, human behaviour and the representation of the many uncertainties through risk assessments. A Fire Safety engineer fulfills a broad range of duties, all related to fire safety. This can range from designing fire protection for a space station, to ensuring that the occupants of buildings are safe from fire. Fire Safety engineers have always been in great demand by industry, insurance companies, rescue services, educational institutions, consulting firms, and government bodies around the world.

Currently, the extreme need for FSE in Europe and around the world is leading to a proliferation of remedial short courses and a few low-level higher education degrees that are not founded on a strong knowledge and experience base. These programmes are delivering professionals with degrees to a practice that has no definition of competence. Thus the transformation of the field is slow, with many mistakes being made and a deep- seeded confusion of the skills required for an adequate PBD.

The major educational objectives of the course are that the Master’s students in FSE are:

  • Able to critically evaluate and construct an original, performance based, fire safety design
  • Understand the complexity and evolution of the design tools and the many existing gaps of knowledge and limitations
  • Understand the current research trends and are able to subsequently perform scientific (PhD level) research in the domain of FSE
  • Gain an awareness of the professional context and the broad problems in FSE.

The detailed educational objectives of this course are that the Master's students in FSE:

  • Can evaluate and make a motivated choice of different types of fire detection and suppression (passive and active) and develop a quantitative performance assessment;
  • Can identify structural weaknesses in fire and provide a quantitative assessment of performance;
  • Can make detailed risk analyses;
  • Can establish quantitative egress patterns in case of fire;
  • Have knowledge on national and international (especially European) regulation
  • Can collaborate with FSE colleagues.

Programme modules/courses

The IMFSE 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 universities. The classes in the first semester, covering basic topics in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), can be attended in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend the second semester in Lund, where emphasis lies on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behavior. In the third semester, classes are again taught in Ghent (for general FSE) or Edinburgh (with focus on structural engineering in the context of FSE). The fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s thesis, hosted by one or more of the three institutes.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked 70th in the QS World University Ranking 2015, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated May 26, 2016
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2 years
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