Scholarships for International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering

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 Jรถnsson (Lund University).

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 Masterโ€™s thesis, hosted by one or more of the three institutes.

The programme starts for the first time in September

Scholarships for Non- European students

Erasmus Mundus-scholarships for non-European students are to be considered as โ€œfull scholarshipsโ€ covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe. Over 2 years, the total amount of the scholarship is โ‚ฌ 48,000. This amount of โ‚ฌ 48,000 includes a fixed contribution of โ‚ฌ8,000 to travel and installation, a contribution to the EMMC participation costs of โ‚ฌ 8,000 per year (covering the annual tuition fees), and monthly installments of โ‚ฌ 1,000 per month.

European students

The Erasmus Mundus-scholarship for European students is considered as a โ€œfinancial contributionโ€. Over 2 years, the total amount of the scholarship is โ‚ฌ 20,000. This amount of โ‚ฌ 20,000 includes a contribution to the EMMC participation costs of โ‚ฌ 4,000 per year (covering the annual tuition fees), and monthly installments of โ‚ฌ 500 per month. The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

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

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:

A large number of East-European and Asian students whose institutions are not always well-known and whose coursework is sometimes difficult to benchmark, are expected to be attracted to the course, therefore we will also take institutional reputation (e.g. via post-doctoral researchers) and international league tables into account. More easily measurable admission criteria that will be used are grade point averages, winning of prizes, TOEFL scores and details of course and project work completed. We will also seek references from reputable sources, but we have, in the past, found these to be universally positive, i.e. difficult to judge objectively.

Erasmus Mundus IMFSE Administrator: Elise Meerburg

Ghent University

Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics

IR03 St. Pietersnieuwstraat 41

B-9000 GHENT,



Erasmus Mundus IMFSE Coordinator: Prof. dr. ir. Bart Merci


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