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International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering MSc

International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Fire Engineering Engineering / Technology

Course type


Course Summary

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:

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

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.

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.

Competence in one/more scientific discipline(s)

For a masters degree (two years), students must be able to:

  • master and apply advanced knowledge in the field of engineering in case of complex problems
  • apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and sophisticated calculation and communication instruments in a creative and target-oriented approach
  • master and apply knowledge of physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer to critically analyse and evaluate the development of fires in enclosures
  • master and apply knowledge of 'element methods' and dynamics of structures to critically analyse and evaluate the behaviour of simple structures in case of fire
  • master and apply knowledge of explosions to critically analyse and evaluate associated risks
  • master and apply the advanced knowledge of fire dynamics, risk assessment, human behaviour and integrate this in a performance-based fire safety design

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.

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date



Fire Science and Fire Dynamics (6 Credits)
Simulation of Fires in Enclosures (5 Credits)
Explosions and Industrial Fire Safety (6 Credits)
Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer (6 Credits)
Fire Dynamics (6 Credits)
Structural Mathematics (6 Credits)
Human Behaviour in Fire (8 Credits)
Risk Assessment (8 Credits)
Material Behaviour at Ambient and Elevated Tempratures (3 Credits)
Fire Safety, Engineering and Society (9 Credits)
Fire Safety Engineering (9 Credits)
Research Seminar (3 Credits)
Advanced Fire Dynamics (9 Credits)
Structural Design for Fire
Fire Science Laboratory
Performance-Based Design (6 Credits)
Fire Investigation and Failure Analysis
Passive Fire Protection (3 Credits)
Fire Safety and Legislation (3 Credits)
Finite Element Analysis for Solids
Active Fire Protection II: Smoke and Heat Control (6 Credits)
Active Fire Protection I: Detection and Suppression (6 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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