Master’s Programme in Fire Safety Engineering Program By Lund University |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree MSc
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Duration 24 months
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep, Aug
The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) is a two-year educational programme in the Erasmus+ 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 methods for risk assessment, and Edinburgh is the developer of the first curriculum in structural fire safety engineering. 

The consortium has four associated partners: ETH Zürich, Switzerland, The University of Queensland, Australia, the University of Maryland, USA, and the University of Science and Technology of China.

IMFSE also involves 15 industrial partners as official sponsors. With their annual financial contributions and EU support, 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 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 focus on structural engineering in the context of FSE). The fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s thesis, hosted by one of the three institutes or associate partners and is often performed in collaboration with one of the programme sponsors.

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 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 on national and international (especially European) regulation. 
• can collaborate with FSE colleagues.

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About University

Lund University is the #1 choice for international students in Sweden, with one third of all students choosing Lund University programmes. International students appreciate the University because of its wide range of more than 140 international degree programmes, as well as exchange and Ph.D. studies, and strong rankings performance. In the QS World University Rankings 2021 Lund University was ranked 97th in the world. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the University also received high world rankings for several subject areas, including geography, development studies, environmental sciences, nursing, finance, and social policy and administration.   

Student life

The University’s campus is located in the charming, medieval university town of Lund. Because of its unique combination of traditional student organisations, academic societies and student unions, Lund is considered by many to be the best student city in Sweden. This vast number of student groups ensures that there are plenty of events and activities all year round. Lund University also has campuses located in the nearby cities of Helsingborg and Malmö.

In Lund, students can experience the rich history and cultural heritage of a Swedish medieval university town and, at the same time, be part of the dynamic and international atmosphere created by Lund University students and staff. Moreover, Lund is only 10 minutes away from Sweden’s third largest city Malmö and 35 minutes from the international airport in Copenhagen, making it a great hub for travel throughout Sweden and Europe.

International students

Lund University offers a global class environment where students gain multicultural perspectives and have the opportunity to network with people from around the world. The institution aims to provide an open and informal study experience. Currently, Lund University has 40 000 students, 20% of which are international students (60% on Master's programmes). In Lund, you will find a truly international campus, with students of as many as 130 different nationalities. 

Financial aid

The Lund University Global Scholarship is the University’s main scholarship and is open to international students who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries. This is a merit-based scholarship that students can apply for after they have applied for degree studies with the University.

National scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, are another type of financial aid. It should also be mentioned that the University also accepts US and Canadian student loans.


Proving its dedication to high-quality education, the University was ranked as a top 100 university for graduate employability in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018.

Students in Lund are given excellent opportunities for business interaction, as the city, with its unique, world-class environment for technology, knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship, hosts an impressive breadth of global companies.

Studying at Lund University

Lund University offers over 100 Master's programmes, nine Bachelor’s programmes in English and around 700 courses suitable for exchange students, covering the following subjects:

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  • Engineering & technology
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Fine & performing arts
  • Humanities & theology
  • International studies & social sciences
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