International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering

IMFSE in numbers

1 Programme
2 Study Years
3 Full Partner Universities
4 Semesters
9 Industrial Sponsors
50+ Alumni Nationalities



The IMFSE Universities

The IMFSE programme is jointly offered by 3 Full Partner Universities: Ghent University (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Edinburgh (UK).

University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Ghent University Belgium


Lund University


Additionally, there are 3 Associated Partners where students can perform thesis research: The University of Queensland (Australia), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), The University of Maryland (USA. NEW!)


IMFSE is made possible thanks to the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and our sponsors.

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The IMFSE programme is accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organ).

Mobility structure

The IMFSE programme consists of 4 semesters of 30 ECTS-credits each, i.e. 2 years and 120 ECTS-credits in total. The mobility structure, with possible change in study location after each semester, gives students the opportunity to gain from the strengths and expertise of more than three universities in the field of Fire Protection Engineering.

Semester 1 covers basic topics in fire protection engineering, and students have a choice of being taught in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend semester 2 in Lund, with emphasis on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behaviour. Semester 3 is again taught in Ghent (for general Fire Safety Engineering (FSE)) or Edinburgh (with focus on fire and structures engineering in the context of FSE). Semester 4 is dedicated to the Master’s thesis, and students are hosted by one of the 3 full partner institutes, or an Associated Partner institute or even a company.

The global structure of IMFSE is as follows:

Programme directors

The IMFSE programme directors explain in the below video what the idea was behind the formation of the IMFSE programme, how the joint forces of all the collaborating universities leads to a strong educational product, and how the IMFSE alumni who are spreading all over the world are helping re-defining the Fire Safety & Fire Protection Engineering discipline.




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