The MFSE programme consists of four terms of thirty credits each. In the first term, the general course units cover basic knowledge on thermodynamics, heat transfer, structural (fire) engineering, fire dynamics and fire science in general (at Master’s level). In addition to those general course units, we offer several elective course units on design, structures and fire safety engineering. We also have elective course units available with a focus social skills, such as the work placement.
The advanced FSE course units are taught in the second and third terms . The broad domain of FSE is covered in the built environment and industry, including risk assessment and human behaviour. The fourth term is mainly devoted to the Master’s dissertation, which can be completed in collaboration with the industry. The structure of the MFSE programme supports education within the worldwide context of evolution from prescriptive to performance-based codes and standards regarding fire safety and fire protection. Starting from the basics of fire safety science (including thermodynamics and fire dynamics) and structural (fire) engineering, and adding the important topics of risk assessment and human behaviour, the students evolve in the spirit of performance-based fire protection designs as they are taught specialist course units and advanced fire safety science and structural fire engineering. The students’ Performance Based Design [PBD] skills are assessed through their Master’s dissertation and in the PBD-devoted course unit.
Completing the Master's dissertation is a requirement for any student who wants to obtain their Master’s degree. The Master’s dissertation is an original piece of research. Its aim is to develop and strengthen the students’ research skills. Students either define their own topic or select one from a topic list. The Master’s dissertation consists of a literature review, practical research, and an original analysis of the chosen topic.