International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE)


IMFSE logoThe UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) is an Associated Partner in the International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE). 

The IMFSE program is a joint Master of Science degree program between Ghent University in Belgium, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Lund University in Sweden. These three institutions are Europe’s top academic institutions in fire safety engineering education and research.

Over the course of two years, students spend their first and third semesters at Ghent’s Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics or Edinburgh’s Center for Fire Safety Engineering, and their second at Lund’s Division of Fire Safety Engineering. In their fourth and final semester, students choose to perform their M.S. thesis research at either one of these three full partner universities or at one of the program’s associated partners: the University of Queensland in Australia, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and now UMD. The IMFSE is financially supported by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.




The UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) is a member of a global consortium, called the International Fire Safety Consortium (IFSC), that brings together leading higher-education institutions and research programs in fire safety engineering around the world. The IFSC was created with the understanding that fire problems are becoming more challenging and evolving even faster than the pace at which new knowledge, new technical expertise and new tools relevant to fire problems are being produced. The IFSC is an attempt to coordinate efforts between leading institutions in fire safety education and research aimed at providing a response to those challenges at the global scale. 

Current driving themes include (

  • Wildland/WUI Fires;
  • Battery fire safety;
  • Fire risk in the Global South;
  • Fire-safe affordable housing;
  • Sustainable fire safety;
  • Education opportunities.

The Consortium seeks to generate a critical and global mass of knowledge and expertise around these driving themes.

Furthermore, the IFSC recently released a free, open access, video webinar series on wildland fires. See for more information and instructions on access. The video series is posted on the website of the UL Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI, UL/FSRI is a member of the IFSC.

For more information, please contact Arnaud Trouvé (