its fifth year, the International Master of Science in Fire Safety
Engineering (IMFSE) program in Europe has become a huge success. Since
its inception, 74 students of 38 nationalities have enrolled in this
two-year (4 semester) program that is organized by the Universities of
Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Ghent (Belgium) and Lund (Sweden).
classes in the first semester cover basic topics in Fire Safety
Engineering (FSE) and can be attended in Ghent or Edinburgh. All
students spend the second semester in Lund, where emphasis lies on
enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behavior. 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 or
more of the three institutes.
best thing is the ever changing cultures that can be experienced, not
just cultures by country or university, but cultures by fire program.
Each fire program seemed to have its own specialty,” said IMFSE Class of
2013 Graduate Joshua Reichert. "Whether it is structural fire
protection, active and passive fire protection systems, human behavior,
fire dynamics, etc., everyone in the program seemed to have the
opportunity to find a professor actively researching in the field of
Besides inter-university cooperation, student mobility in Europe is one of the main points of interest for the overall program. Having a new study location after each semester gives students the opportunity to gain the strengths and expertise of the three universities.
city, university, and campus had its own interesting history both fire
and non-fire-related, there were times I found myself getting caught up
in where I was and had to remind myself of why I was there,” said
Reichert. "I had the opportunity to study with some of the most
brilliant minds and hardest workers I have ever met, and I could see a
lot of it stemming from their cultural backgrounds. It really helped
prepare me for any international work in my future.”
Scholarships are available for European and non-European students. More information about the IMFSE program can be found at: www.imfse.ugent.be.