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 has three associated partners: ETH Zürich, Switzerland, The University of Queensland, Australia and the University of Maryland, USA. IMFSE also involves 7 industrial partners as official sponsors. With their annual financial contributions, it has been possible to create the 'Sponsorship Consortium' which awards IMFSE students full or partial scholarships.

The IMFSE programme consists of four semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. The mobility structure, with a 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 can be attended in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend the second semester in Lund. In the third semester, classes are again taught in Ghent (for general FSE) or Edinburgh (with a 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.

Fire Safety Engineering

Fire Safety Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that requires a deep understanding of building design and construction, the thermochemical processes associated with fire growth, human behaviour and the representation of the many uncertainties through risk assessments. A Fire Safety engineer fulfils 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.

The major educational objectives of the Master's Programme 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 of national and international (especially European) regulation
  • can collaborate with FSE colleagues

Programme modules/courses

Semester 1 (mobility track 1), Ghent University (G): Fire Dynamics, Basics of Structural Engineering, Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer and one of the following electives: FSE Based Firefighting, Modelling of Turbulence and Combustion, Turbomachines, Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Semester 1 (mobility track 2), University of Edinburgh (E): Fire Science and Fire Dynamics, Engineering Project Management, Fire Safety, Engineering and Society, Fire Safety Engineering.

Semester 2, Lund University (L): Risk Assessment, Advanced Fire Dynamics, Human Behaviour in Fire, Simulation of Fires in Enclosures.

Semester 3 (mobility track 1), Ghent University (G): 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.

Semester 3 (mobility track 2), University of Edinburgh (E): Fire Science Laboratory, Structural Design for Fire, Fire Safety, Engineering and Society, Finite Element Analysis for Solids.

Semester 4, Master’s thesis: can be performed at the associated partners or at other universities, industry or research institutes.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

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

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