Erasmus Mundus Masters IMFSE in Ghent, Lund and Edinburgh

The Universities of Edinburgh (UK), Ghent (Belgium) and Lund (Sweden) submitted a winning proposal for an Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Fire Safety Engineering. The initiative is carried by Prof. Bart Merci (Ghent University, co-ordinator), Prof. Jose Torero (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Robert Jönsson (Lund University).

Deadline: 15/4/2010
Open to: EU Students and non-EU students
Fund: € 20,000 over 2 years

The curriculum concerns a two-year programme. The classes  in the first semester, covering basic topics in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), 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 behaviour. 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.

The programme starts for the first time in September 2010.


The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
* A Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits) in civil / structural / mechanical / electrical / chemical / industrial engineering, material sciences, chemistry, physics, applied physics, architecture, urbanism and spatial planning or a related discipline. Students in their last year of such a Bachelor programme will however also be considered.
* Sufficient English language ability.


Applications for the following academic year open each September and close January.

Non- European students
Erasmus Mundus-scholarships for non-European students are to be considered as “full scholarships” covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe. Over 2 years, the total amount of the scholarship is € 48,000. This amount of € 48,000 includes a fixed contribution of €8,000 to travel and installation, a contribution to the EMMC participation costs of € 8,000 per year (covering the annual tuition fees), and monthly installments of € 1,000 per month.

European students
The Erasmus Mundus-scholarship for European students is considered as a “financial contribution”. Over 2 years, the total amount of the scholarship is € 20,000. This amount of  € 20,000 includes a contribution to the EMMC participation costs of € 4,000 per year (covering the annual tuition fees), and monthly installments of € 500 per month.

More detailed information about European and Non-European students can be found HERE.


Pre-selection and admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, a motivation statement, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills and relevant work experience, if any.

The most important criteria are:
* obtained degrees. Applicants are also recommended to provide additional information (short course description, course credits) on the modules they have taken during their previous studies, especially in the fields of thermodynamics, physics, chemistry, mathematics;
* a transcript of records;
* a certificate of English language ability;
* a motivation statement;
* any relevant publications, dissertation, project work;
* letters of reference.

English language ability is a basic requirement, therefore the applicants must provide one of the certificates as a proof of their knowledge.

Students can apply by making an online account and fill in the form, that can be found here.

More details can be found here.

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