The two-year course consists of four semesters of 30 credits each. The mobility structure, with possible change in study location after each semester, gives the students the opportunity to gain from the strengths and expertise of each of the three universities.
The first semester, covering basic topics in fire safety engineering, is taught in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend the second semester in Lund, with emphasis on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behaviour. The third semester is again taught in Ghent (for general FSE) or Edinburgh (with focus on fire and structures engineering in the context of FSE). The fourth semester is devoted to the master’s dissertation, hosted by one or more of the seven universities (the three full partners and the four associated partners).
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree and is supervised by at least one of the three partner universities. It consists of a critical analysis of the topic, formulated into an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student defines his/her own topic or selects one from a topic list.