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 new global consortium, the International Fire Safety Consortium (IFSC), that brings together leading higher-education institutions and research programs in fire safety engineering around the world.

This Consortium was recently created as part of the Universitas 21 network around the fire research groups of the Universities of Edinburgh, Lund, Maryland, Melbourne and Queensland. There are ongoing discussions within the Consortium about extending membership beyond the initial list of five partners.

The Consortium seeks to generate a critical and global mass of knowledge and expertise around the following driving themes:

  • Inequality in fire safety, considering both fire safety in the general population of low and middle income countries (LMIC) and fire safety in the low income population of high income countries (HIC);
  • Wildland fires and wildland-urban-interface (WUI) fires, considering all aspects related to fire ecology, combustion engineering, atmospheric science, risk engineering and social science;
  • Performance-based design for fire safety, considering the development of both a technical and workforce infrastructure for fire safety engineering.

The IFSC seeks to draw attention on the importance of fire safety at the global scale in general, and on its three driving themes in particular - inequality in fire safety, wildland fires and wildland-urban-interface (WUI) fires, and performance-based design for fire safety. The Consortium encourages funding opportunities relevant to these themes.

For more information, please contact Arnaud Trouvé (