International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE), Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

January 31, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
Maryland, Ghent, Hefei, Lund, Zurich, Edinburgh, Queensland


The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Fire Safety Engineering is organized by the Universities of Ghent (Belgium,coordinator), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Lund (Sweden). The main objective ofthis two-year full time educational program is providing the required knowledge for a professional fire safety engineer in a Performance Based Design environment.


Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both broad knowledge in the field and substantially deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field, together with deeper insight into current research and development work.
  • Demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even when limited information is available.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues and to plan and, using appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits, so as to contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work.
  • Demonstrate an ability to clearly present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate the skill required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to make assessments in their main field of study, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work.
  • Demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to take responsibility for developing their knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Competence field 1: Competences in one/more scientific discipline(s)

  1. Master and apply advanced knowledge in the own engineering discipline in solving complex problems.
  2. Apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and advanced communication instruments in a creative and purposeful way.
  3. Master and apply knowledge of physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer to critically analyse and evaluate the development of fires in enclosures.
  4. 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.
  5. Master and apply knowledge of explosions to critically analyse and evaluate the associated risk.
  6. Master and apply the advanced knowledge of fire dynamics, risk assessment, human behaviour and integrate this to develop a performance based fire safety design.

Competence field 2: Scientific competences

  1. Analyse complex problems and translate them into concrete research questions.
  2. Consult the scientific literature as part of the own research.
  3. Select and apply the appropriate models, methods and techniques.
  4. Develop and validate mathematical models and methods.
  5. Interpret research findings in an objective and critical manner.
  6. Elaborate problems of fire risk assessment in a critical, autonomous and flexible manner with a limited amount of data.
  7. Perform valid computer simulations of development and consequences of enclosure fires.

Competence field 3: Intellectual competences

  1. Independently form an opinion on complex situations and problems, and defend this point of view.
  2. Apply knowledge in a creative, purposeful and innovative way to research, conceptual design and production.
  3. Critically reflect on one’s own way of thinking and acting, and understand the limits of one’s competences.
  4. Stay up‐to‐date with the evolutions in the discipline to elevate the own competences to expert level.
  5. Readily adapt to changing professional circumstances.
  6. Develop scientifically sound arguments to optimize passive and active fire protection measures.

Competence field 4: Competences in cooperation and communication

  1. Have the ability to communicate in English about the own field of specialisation.
  2. Project management: have the ability to formulate objectives, report efficiently, keep track of targets, follow the progress of the project,...
  3. Have the ability to work as a member of a team in a multi‐disciplinary working‐environment, as well as being capable of taking on supervisory responsibilities.
  4. Report on technical or scientific subjects verbally, in writing and using graphics.
  5. Function in an international environment (students, PhD students, scientific co-workers, scholars).

Competence field 5: Societal competences

  1. Act in an ethical, professional and social way.
  2. Recognize the most important business and legal aspects of the own engineering discipline.
  3. Understand the historical evolution of the own engineering discipline and its social relevance.
  4. Master and apply critical insight in existing fire safety legislation and regulations in the development of a fire safety design.
  5. Act in an ethical, professional and social way when developing and presenting a performance based fire safety design.

Competence field 6: Profession-specific competence

  1. Master the complexity of technical systems by using system and process models.
  2. Reconcile conflicting specifications and prior conditions in a high‐quality and innovative concept or process.
  3. Synthesize incomplete, contradictory or redundant data into useful information.
  4. Possess sufficient ready knowledge and understanding to evaluate the results of complex calculations, or make approximate estimates.
  5. Pay attention to entire life cycles of systems, machines, and processes.
  6. Pay attention to sustainability, energy‐efficiency, environmental cost, use of raw materials and labour costs.
  7. Pay attention to all aspects of reliability, safety, and ergonomics.
  8. Have insight into and understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship.
  9. Show perseverance, innovativeness, and an aptitude for creating added value.

Mobility structure

IMFSE is a 2-year full-time Master programme consisting of 120 ECTS credits in total. This breaks down into 4 semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. The mobility structure, with possible change in study location after each semester, gives students the opportunity to gain from the strengths and expertise of 3 universities or more in the field of Fire Safety Engineering.

Semester 1 at Ghent University or The University of Edinburgh covers basic topics in Fire Protection Engineering. All students gather at Lund University to spend semester 2 there, with emphasis on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behavior in fire. More in-depth courses are given during semester 3 at Ghent University or The University of Edinburgh. Semester 4 is dedicated to the Master’s thesis, and students can be hosted by 1 of the 3 Full Partner Institutes or 1 of the 4 Associated Partner Institutes. Collaborations with 1 of the IMFSE Contributors is also a possibility.

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Admission requirements

  1. Upon Approval by the Faculty: Immediate Admission
    • Een diploma van een opleiding 'Bachelor of Science in de ingenieurswetenschappen' (met inbegrip van 'architectuur')
  2. Admission Subject to an Enquiry into the Suitability of the Holder of the Diploma
    • Een diploma van een bacheloropleiding in het academisch onderwijs 

Admission for Students holding a Non-Flemish Diploma

Information on admission requirements and the administrative procedure for admission to this Erasmus+ study programme, can be found on the following page:

Additional information:

Bachelors or Masters in: architecture, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electromechanical engineering, chemical engineering, engineering physics, materials science, urbanism and spatial planning.
Other degrees on the basis of a study of individual skills (e.g. fire safety consultants, fire prevention officers, fire brigade officers, building designers, building services engineers, architectural practitioners).

Language Requirements

Language requirements for this study programme differ from the required standard level for English taught study programmes as specified in the Ghent University Education and Examination Code:

  • Dutch: no language requirements
  • English: IELTS Academic module 6.5 (with 6.0 in each section) / TOEFL IBT: 92 (with at least 20 in each section) / Cambridge-ESOL: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade B - Pearson PTE (Academic) test, with an overall minimum score of 62 (with a minimum of 56 in each part, and a minimum of 61 for writing) - Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C (CAE) - Trinity ISE II Certificate with ‘distinctions’ in each of four parts


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Applying for an Erasmus+ or IMFSE Sponsorship Consortium scholarship mentioned below is done through the Scholarship Application Form. There are no separate application forms for the different scholarships, so applying for admission into the IMFSE programme as a scholarship applicant automatically implies applying for all scholarship options mentioned below. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are competition-based.

Please do not contact EACEA or the sponsoring companies directly regarding this, they are not involved in the selection process.

Erasmus+ Full Scholarships

The IMFSE programme has currently 12 Erasmus+ scholarships co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union available per intake. These full scholarships range from maximum €40,000 for Programme Country students to maximum €49,000 for Partner Country students.

More information can be found on the Erasmus+ EMJMD website or in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (pages 95-97 for more information on the scholarships).

An Erasmus+ scholarship covers the following:

  • Participation costs = the tuition fees for 2 academic years (€4,500 per year for Programme Country Students; €9,000 per year for Partner Country Students).
  • Contribution to the travel and installation costs (max. €7,000).
  • A monthly subsistence allowance of €1,000 for the entire duration of the study programme (max. 24 months).

IMFSE Sponsorship Consortium Full & Partial Scholarships

The IMFSE Sponsorship Consortium awards several full and/or partial scholarships per intake. These can range from tuition fee reductions to full tuition fee waivers and even full scholarships. The exact amounts are decided upon in the course of the selection process, according to the available budget.

These scholarships are made possible thanks to the consistent financial support of the IMFSE sponsors. We are very thankful for their continuing support!

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